Byron Society-sponsored panel at NASSR 2015: “Lord Byron and Rights,” August 13-16, 2015

NASSR 2015
August 13-16
University of Manitoba / University of Winnipeg
Special Session: Lord Byron and Rights
Organizer and chair: Alexander Grammatikos (Carleton University)
 
Joselyn Almeida-Beveridge (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), “After ‘The Rubicon of Man’s Awakened Rights’: War, Debt, and the Rights of Nations in Byron’s The Age of Bronze (1823)”
 
Mark Lounibos (Finlandia University), “The Rights of Things in Byron’s Cain, or Hell as Hyperobject
 
Jacob Hughes (The Pennsylvania State University), “Byron and the Right to Be Wrong”

Reminder: Student Travel Grants (March 1 deadline)

Each year, the BSA underwrites a travel grants program for graduate students with scholarly interests in Byron. The Society offers up to four small grants to help students attend conferences at which they will deliver papers on Byron, with priority given to students presenting at the International Byron Conference, followed by students presenting at the International Student Byron Conference in Messolonghi, Greece. Although preference will be given to citizens of the United States and Canada, citizens of other countries who are enrolled in universities in the United States or Canada are also eligible to apply. A student who receives an offer of funding must be a member of the Byron Society of America before the grant will be awarded.

Click HERE for more information.

The Leslie Marchand Lecture Series: Charles E. Robinson, “Byron and Hazlitt: Inclining Their Ears Towards Each Other”

The Leslie Marchand Lecture Series

“Byron and Hazlitt: Inclining Their Ears Towards Each Other”

Charles E. Robinson
University of Delaware

March 13, 2015
5:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY
Room 5318

Byron and Hazlitt never met, but they certainly heard and read what the one said or wrote about the other. This talk will explore the two writers’ literary relationships, including their participation in the short-lived The Liberal (1822-1823) and the connections between Hazlitt’s Liber Amoris and Byron’s Don Juan.

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Charles E. Robinson is an Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Delaware, and has served as the Executive Director of The Byron Society of America and as co-chair of the Byron Society Collection. During his career, he has published primarily on Byron and Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley and William Hazlitt. His books include Shelley and Byron (1976), Mary Shelley: Collected Tales and Stories (1976), Byron and His Contemporaries (1982), William Hazlitt: Twenty-Seven New Letters (1987), The Mary Shelley Reader (1990), The Frankenstein Notebooks (1996), and The Original Frankenstein (2008; 2009). He is currently editing The Complete Letters of William Hazlitt—and still hopes to return to his Charles Ollier book.

BSA @ NASSR 2015: “Byron and Rights”

CALL FOR PAPERS

Special Byron Society of America session at the 2015 NASSR Conference:

Alexander Grammatikos, organizer:

“Lord Byron and Rights”
Description: Special Session Sponsored by The Byron Society of America
Lord Byron was a passionate and life-long defender of people’s rights. In the House of Lords he argued for the right of Catholics to be represented in parliament; in his personal correspondence he supported writers’ claims to copyright over their own works; and in a decision that led to his death, he travelled to Greece to help the Greeks realize their right to become an independent nation. His preoccupation with rights extended to his poetic works, too. For example, in Sardanapalus, the misguided but well-meaning titular leader laments “To me war is no glory—conquest no / Renown. To be forced thus to uphold my right / Sits heavier on my heart than all the wrongs / These men would bow me down with” (4.1.5.505-8). Here, in but just one example from Byron’s oeuvre, the poet demonstrates his keen understanding of the often relative nature of “rights” (for a king to retain his, he required war and conquest) and the personal price one had to pay to uphold them.

Complementing NASSR’s broader theme of “Romanticism and Rights,” we invite proposals that consider Byron’s engagement with “rights.” Submissions may include, but are not limited to:

Byron and the right to freedom of religion
Byron and the right to national independence
Byron and animal rights
Byron and authorial rights
Byron and the right to sexual and gender expression
Byron and the right to freedom of speech
Byron and the rights of the disenfranchised and poor
Byron and Eastern rights
Byron and female rights

Deadline for all submissions: January 17, 2015.

Please send all proposals, including those to be considered by the leaders of special sessions, a brief CV, and direct questions to the NASSR 2015 conference organizers, Peter Melville (The University of Winnipeg) and Michelle Faubert (University of Manitoba) at nassr15@umanitoba.ca.

CFP: “Byron & the Bible” Conference at Newstead Abbey, 1-2 May 2015

Call for Papers

Conference on “Byron & the Bible” at Newstead Abbey1-2 May 2015

Plenary speaker: Gavin Hopps (St Andrews)

Meeting on the premises of Newstead Abbey for the second time after the success of “Byron at Home” last year, this conference continues the long-standing tradition of international May gatherings of Byronists in the UK.

Encouraging a wide variety of approaches, it seeks to explore the ways in which the Bible and Biblical topics are treated and reflected in Byron’s texts, as well as finding new ways of discussing Byron’s complex relationship to God, religion, faith, atheism/secularism, sectarian doctrine/belief, scriptural ‘history’ and many other subjects.

Papers may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Byron and Catholicism; Byron and Calvinism; Byron and Judaism; Byron and Islam; Byron and the Old Testament; Byron and the New Testament; Byron and belief; Byron and Christ; Byron and individual Biblical characters; Byron and prophecy; Byron and faith; Byron and sacrifice; Byron and grace; Byron and spirituality; Byronic irreverence; Byron and religious tradition.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Dr Mirka Horova at miraensis@yahoo.no by 15 January 2015.

There will be a talk and dinner on the evening of Friday 1 May at the 281 Restaurant & Rooms hotel in Mansfield.

The conference will take place on Saturday, 2 May, approx. 10.00 – 5.00.

More details at: http://www.internationalbyronsociety.org/images/stories/pdf_files/byron_and_the_bible_2015_cfp.pdf

CFP: 2015 International Byron Conference in Gdansk, Poland

The 2015 International Byron Conference will be held in Gdansk, Poland on July 1-6. This year’s theme is “Reality, Fiction, and Madness,” and paper proposals are being accepted now until January 1, 2015.

Professor Mirka Modrzewska has sent this information:

http://fil.ug.edu.pl/dzialalnosc_naukowa/konferencje/konferencja_byronowska

Our team are currently working on the provisional price list and we are considering the conference fee of 150 euro which will cover:

  • opening banquet (July 1st, 2015)
  • 5 lunches
  • 8 coffee breakes
  • 2 concerts

Other costs, optional, would be:

  1. A trip to Malbork, Teutonic Castle plus dinner 40 euro (July 3rd, after lunch)
  2. Old City of Gdansk sightseeing tour plus Solidarity Museum 12 euro (July 5th, after lunch)
  3. Gala Dinner in Sopot Grand Hotel 35 euro (July 6th)
  4. A choice of 3 optional trips on July 7th after the conference: Kashubian Lake District, Elblag Canal ship voyage along a system of unique locks powered by water placed at different levels – an engeneering wonder unique in the world ( see  https://www.google.pl/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=bJeIU_6uF4Sa_wbC94CgCg#q=kana%C5%82+elbl%C4%85ski ), or Stuthoff Concentration Camp Museum if people wish to see it – costs still need to be calculated).

If you wish to participate in the optional trip on July 7th, please book your hotel till the next day (July 8th).

Prof. UG, dr hab. Mirosława Modrzewska
Uniwersytet Gdański
Instytut Anglistyki i Amerykanistyki
ul. Wita Stwosza 55
80-952 Gdańsk Oliwa
Poland

CFP: “Lord Byron and Rights” Special Session at 2015 NASSR Conference (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 13-16 August 2015)

Lord Byron and Rights

The Byron Society of America

Open-Call Special Session 

Organizer: Alexander Grammatikos, Carleton University

Lord Byron was a passionate and life-long defender of people’s rights. In the House of Lords he argued for the right of Catholics to be represented in parliament; in his personal correspondence he supported writers’ claims to copyright over their own works; and in a decision that led to his death, he travelled to Greece to help the Greeks realize their right to become an independent nation. His preoccupation with rights extended to his poetic works, too. For example, in Sardanapalus, the misguided but well-meaning titular leader laments “To me war is no glory—conquest no / Renown. To be forced thus to uphold my right / Sits heavier on my heart than all the wrongs / These men would bow me down with” (4.1.5.505-8). Here, in but just one example from Byron’s oeuvre, the poet demonstrates his keen understanding of the often relative nature of “rights” (for a king to retain his, he required war and conquest) and the personal price one had to pay to uphold them.

Complementing NASSR’s broader theme of “Romanticism and Rights,” we invite proposals that consider Byron’s engagement with “rights.” Submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Byron and the right to freedom of religion
  • Byron and the right to national independence
  • Byron and animal rights
  • Byron and authorial rights
  • Byron and the right to sexual and gender expression
  • Byron and the right to freedom of speech
  • Byron and the rights of the disenfranchised and poor
  • Byron and Eastern rights
  • Byron and female rights

Proposals for papers should be a maximum of 350 words and be proposals for 20-minute papers.

All proposals must include your name, academic affiliation (if any), and preferred email address. Include the name of the session (“Lord Byron and Rights”) either on your proposal itself or in the accompanying email.

Submit proposals by 17 January 2015 to nassr15@umanitoba.ca.

See http://nassr2015.wordpress.com/ for more details about the conference.

BSA at SAMLA: “Creating and Sustaining Byron” (November 8th, Atlanta)

The BSA is sponsoring the follow panel at the annual South Atlantic Modern Language Association convention in Atlanta Georgia (with thanks to Lindsey Eckert at Georgia State University for organizing!):

“CREATING AND SUSTAINING BYRON”

Saturday, November 8th  – 8:00 AM
Chair: Lindsey Eckert, Georgia State University

1. From the Ashes: Byron’s Memoirs and Moore’s Reconstruction of Byron – Jeffery Vail, Boston University

2. Evolving Attitudes Toward the Byronic Hero: From Childe Harold to Rochester – Samantha Crain, San Jose State University

3. Creating Modern Adventure: The Byronic Hero in the Romance Revival of the 1880s – Michael Jones, University of Connecticut

CFP: “Byron and Italy,” The Byron Centre, Manchester UK (Dec. 4-5, 2014)

Call for papers

 ‘Byron and Italy’

 

The Byron Centre

University of Manchester

Thursday 4 – Friday 5 December 2014 

 

The Byron Centre at the University of Manchester, in collaboration with the Centro Interuniversitario per lo Studio del Romanticismo at the University of Parma, invites paper proposals for an interdisciplinary conference on the topic of ‘Byron and Italy’, to be held at the University of Manchester, 4-5 December 2014. Papers are welcome from any disciplinary perspective that opens up new approaches to, or offers new insights into, any aspect of the conference theme, including, for example:

 

  • Byron and the Italian poets (Dante, Tasso, Ariosto, Pulci, Casti …);
  • Byron and Alfieri;
  • Byron and Rome / Venice / Ravenna / Pisa / Milan …;
  • Byron and the idea of Italy;
  • Byron and Italian landscapes/cityscapes;
  • Byron’s (self-)Italianisation;
  • Byron’s relationships with Italians;
  • Byron and Catholicism;
  • Byron and the Carbonari / the Risorgimento / Italy as a nation;
  • Byron and the Austrians in Italy;
  • Byron and Italian art;
  • Byron and Italian history;
  • Byron and the dialectics of Italian antiquity and modernity;
  • Byron’s relation to other British/continental writers on Italy;
  • Byron’s Italianised relations with Britain;
  • Byron and the Italian language;
  • Byron’s influence on Italian culture.

 

 

Please email abstracts of 250 words maximum to The Byron Centre’s Director, Dr Alan Rawes (alan.rawes@manchester.ac.uk), by 15 September 2014.

BSA at MLA 2015

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 Convention Session 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”