MLA Convention Sessions

As an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association, the Byron Society of America sponsors a Byron session at the annual convention of the MLA, held annually in January (previously December) of each year.  If you like, read a 40-year history of the BSA at the MLA convention.

MLA 2018 (New York City)

Byron & Politics

Session 270: “Byron and Politics: A roundtable discussion”

Friday, 5 January 2018, 10:15 AM-11:30 AM

Presiding: Jack Wasserman, (independent scholar and longstanding Board Member of the BSA)

Roundtable participants:

Jonathan Gross (DePaul)

Piya Pal-Lapinski (Bowling Green State)

Andrew Warren (Harvard)

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MLA 2016 (Austin, TX)

BYRON & AMERICA (Panel #311)

The convention is 7-10 January, 2o16, in Austin, TX. The panel will take place 12 PM to 1:15 PM on Friday, 8 January, in Room 7 of the Austin Convention Center.

 

 Moderator:  Noah Comet, United States Naval Academy

 

1)  “Black Byronism.”  Matt Sandler, Columbia University

 

2)  “Byron and the Yellowstone Frontier.”  Noah Comet, US Naval Academy

 

3)  “Byron as Greek Ambassador—to America.”  William Keach, Brown University

 

4)  “Specters of Byron in 19th-century America.”  Susan Wolfson, Princeton University

 

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MLA 2015

BYRON NOW

Vancouver, B.C.

Saturday, 10 January5:15–6:30 p.m., 112, VCC West

Presiding: Matthew Borushko (Stonehill College)

1. Jerome McGann (University of Virginia), “Lyric Writing in a Byronic Perspective”

2. Evan Gottlieb (Oregon State University), “George Gordon Lord Network

3. Gary Dyer (Cleveland State University), “Byron’s Posterity”

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MLA 2014

FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN BYRON STUDIES

Saturday, 11 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Los Angeles–Miami, Chicago Marriott

Program arranged by the Byron Society of America

Presiding: Halina Adams, Univ. of Delaware, Newark

1. “The Vomit of Memory: Byron’s Letters and Journals as Romanticism’s Aesthetics of Nausea,” Jacob Hughes, Penn State Univ., University Park
2. “Jacobite Echoes and Coterie Dynamics in Byron’s The Island,” Rebecca Nesvet, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
3. “Toward an Object-Oriented Book History through Don Juan,” Brian Rejack, Illinois State Univ.

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MLA 2013

TEACHING BYRON

Friday 04 January 2013, 8:30 – 9:45am, Liberty B Sheraton (Boston)
Presiding: Robin S. Hammerman, Stevens Institute of Technology
1. Susan Wolfson, Princeton University. “‘Electricity in the Air’: Childe Harold III, Frankenstein, and More.”
2. Charles W. Mahoney, University of Connecticut. “Sortes Byronicae: Don Juan par hasard.”
3. G. Todd Davis, Kentucky State University. “Byron’s Darkness and Student Reception.”
4. Paul Whickman, The University of Nottingham. “Don Juan for First Year Undergraduates.”

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MLA 2012

LORD BYRON: POETRY IN MANUSCRIPT, POETRY IN PRINT

Saturday, 07 January 2012, 5:15 – 6:30 p.m., 616, Washington State Convention Center.
Program arranged by the Byron Society of America
Presiding: Gary R. Dyer, Cleveland State University
1. “Indeterminacy and Method: Editing Byron’s Accidentals,” Alice J. Levine, Hofstra University
2. “Byron’s Social Readers and the Limits of Manuscript,” Michelle Nancy Levy, Simon Fraser University
3. “Byron’s Hand,” Gary R. Dyer, Cleveland State University

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MLA 2011

LORD BYRON: LIVES AND AFTERLIVES

Sunday, January 09, 8:30-9:45 am, Platinum Salon H, Marriott.
Presiding: Cheryl F. Guiliano, University of California, Los Angeles
1. John Clubbe, University of Kentucky. “Byron’s Life as Collector and his Pursuit of an Epic Voice.”
2. Tom Mole, McGill University. “Byron in the Nineteenth-Century Panthenon.”
3. Catherine Siemann, The Cooper Union. “Lord Byron: Vampire.”

CARL WOODRING AND THE RISE OF NEW HISTORICISM

Saturday, January 08, 1:45-3:00 pm, Diamond Salon 1, Marriott.
Presiding: Jonathan Gross, DePaul University
1. Nina Auerbach, University of Pennsylvania. “Carl Woodring, Tactful Truth-teller.”
2. Steven E. Jones, Loyola University. “Politics and Prints in English Romantic Poetry.”
3. Anne K. Mellor, University of California, Los Angeles. “Engendering the Politics of English Romantic Poetry.”

For a full description of these sessions, please click here.

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MLA 2009

BYRON AND THE REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT
Monday, December 28, 2009
3:30-4:45 p.m.
Philadelphia Marriott
Philadelphia, PA

Presiding:
Paul Douglass, San Jose State University

“Promethean Innovation: Byron’s Lyrics to Augusta”
Charles W. Mahoney, University of Connecticut

“‘A Long Seclusion’: Byron’s Dubious Rebellion from the Lake School”
Madeleine Callaghan, Durham University

“Byron and Irish Nationalism”
Timothy Webb, University of Bristol

“Byron’s ‘modern Greeks’ and Hemans’s Modern Greece: The Revolutionary Poetics of People and Place”
Noah Comet, Ohio State University

“FOUR O’CLOCK FRIENDS”: JOHN MURRAY AND HIS CIRCLE
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
Philadelphia Marriott
Philadelphia, PA

Program arranged by:
the Byron Society of America and Scottish Literature Discussion Group

Presiding:
Fiona J. Wilson, Sarah Lawrence College

“John Murray II”
David McClay, National Library of Scotland

“Byron and Murray”
Hermione B. de Almeida, University of Tulsa

“‘A Feather in Our Cap’: Scott, Murray, and the Founding of the Quarterly Review”
Susan Oliver, University of Salford

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MLA 2008

BYRON AND/AS/IN POPULAR CULTURE I
Saturday, December 27, 2008
3:30-4:45 p.m.
Golden Gate 1, Hilton
San Francisco, CA

Presiding:
Tom Mole, McGill University

“Picturing Celebrity: Byron, West, and LEL”
Susan Wolfson, Princeton University

“The Culture of Comparison: Byron in the Satirist”
Mark L. Shoenfield, Vanderbilt University

“The Sensation of Byron”
Emily Allen, Purdue University, West Lafayette
Dino Franco Felluga, Purdue University, West Lafayette

“BYRON AND/AS/IN POPULAR CULTURE II:
A CONVERSATION WITH BENJAMIN MARKOVITS,
author of Imposture and A Quiet Adjustment”
Sunday, December 28, 2008
3:30-4:45 p.m.
Mason A, Hilton
San Francisco, CA

Presiding:
Peter W. Graham, Virginia Tech

A roundtable discussion about writing literary fiction with author Benjamin Markovits and discussants Jonathan Gross, DePaul University and Katherine Kernberger, Linfield College

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2007 – Byron and America
Saturday, 29 December
10:15 – 11:30 a.m., Columbian, Hyatt Regency Chicago, IL
Presiding: Jonathan Gross, DePaul University

1. “Byron in American Music: From Schoenberg to Goth,” John Clubbe, Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky
2. “Bryon, Stowe, and Lady Byron Vindicated,” Austin Graham, University of California at Los Angeles
3. “Byron, Hawthorne, and Anglo-American Tourism,” Maureen McCue, University of Glasgow

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