November 2017


Byron's Voices: Cultural and Textual Interactions

11 November 2017

Following the success of its launch symposium in April 2016 ("Personal Narratives"), our laboratory is organizing a day symposium on the multiplicity of readings that Byron's poetry and intellectual standing have invited in recent times (11 November 2017).

Bearing the title "Byron's Voices: Cultural and Textual Interactions," the event aims to bring together a group of scholars who will offer their perspectives on the polyphony and complexity of voices - narrative, personal, political, cultural - that mark Byron's oeuvre. For decades, Byron's dominant voice in Greece has been that of the philhellene. This symposium is interested in exploring Byron beyond this image and in addressing the multivocality, richness, and contemporary relevance of his work, hoping to highlight neglected aspects of the dynamic interaction between his life and his poetry.

Topics might include (among many others)

  • - Byron as a Romantic and a Classicist/Augustan
  • - Byron's voices: a British, an Italian, a Greek, a European
  • - Byron as an orientalist and a cosmopolitan
  • - From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage to Don Juan: from the Byronic hero to the "epic" satirist
  • - Byron as an aristocrat and a liberal-republican
  • - Byron as a Calvinist and a skeptic

The symposium is organized in collaboration with the School of English of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and will take place at the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki. We hope to see you at the event or to hear from you if you have an interest in the issues it is addressing.