Excess and Exhaustion: Byron in 1818

Newstead Abbey

Friday & Saturday, 27-28 April 2018


Plenary: Jonathon Shears (Keele)

1818 saw Byron both exhilarated and exhausted by the Venetian carnival. It saw him publish Beppo but also write ‘Ode on Venice’. The excitements of Italian politics lay ahead, but so did the idea that Europe was an ‘exhausted portion of the globe’. In 1818, poised between an idealised Venice and disillusionment with Venetians, Byron is also poised between comic and tragic imaginings, personal/sexual cynicism and his ‘last attachment’, past crisis and future glory, the Byronic Hero and Don Juan, epic and satire. All of these contrasting influences speak of excess and exhaustion at one moment in Byron’s life – personal, literary, political – but also point to the holding together of opposites that is definitive of so much of Byron’s poetics, of the ‘hot and cold’ admixture of the contrary, the contradictory, the irreconcilable that marks so many of Byron’s poems and letters.

The organisers also welcome prospective delegates to suggest ready-formed panels (of three 20-minute papers) on the following topics: Byron and Ravenna; Byron and Italian politics; Byron and Italian art.

13th International Student Byron Conference

21-26 May 2018
Theme: “Byron and Fiction”

The Messolonghi Byron Research Center welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers to be delivered at the 13th International Student Byron Conference, to be held at Messolonghi May 21-26, 2018.

The conference theme will be "Byron and Fiction”, a topic that might be approached in various ways. Presentations might center on the fiction Byron read and was inspired by (for instance Tom Jones or Anastasius, or Memoirs of a Greek), fiction writers he inspired (the Brontes, Puskin, and many others), fictive representations of Byron (from Caroline Lamb’s roman a clef Glenarvon to William Gibson and Bruce Sterling’s cyberpunk The Difference Engine, Ben Markovits’s Byron trilogy, and beyond)—or Byron’s own works considered as fiction. Presenters at the conference will span all academic levels from undergraduates through graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members.

Proposals should be sent by email to Professor Peter Graham (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Mrs. Rodanthi-Rosa Florou, President of the International Byron Research Center (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by February 1, 2018.

The Ravenna conference, entitled "Byron: Improvisation and Mobility"

will be held from Monday to Saturday, July 2-7, 2018.


Here you will find in the attachments the details for the conference, including payment information etc.

Also there are details for Hotels in Ravenna.


Also you will find the individual Registration Form. Please download file and kindly fill in the Registration Form, scan it and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and complete payment before 15 April 2018.




Byron and 1817: Between Worlds, Between Works
Poetic Transitions and Continuities

Newstead Abbey
Friday & Saturday 28-29 April 2017



Plenary Speakers

Michael O’Neill (Durham)
Alan Rawes (Manchester)


1817 saw Byron bring one stage of his poetic career to an end (with the final canto of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage) while almost simultaneously opening another (with Beppo). The Spenserian stanza gave way to ottava rima; gloomy, rootless ‘Byronic’ wandering gave way to comic and satiric cosmopolitanism; the ‘ruin amidst ruins’ became the ‘broken dandy’; the English milord became the Italian exile as his rhetoric shifted from ‘high’ to ‘low’. And yet, across this transition from one kind of Byron to another, continuities abound. The author of Cain is manifestly the author of Manfred (also finished in 1817); the Byronic hero of the early tales lives on in Marino Faliero and The Island; the champion of liberty is readily seen in the libertine; the satirist of English Bards and Scotch Reviews surfaces again in The Age of Bronze and Don Juan. This conference is interested in both the transitions that mark Byron’s writing in 1817 and the continuities that cross those transitions, and invites papers on the rifts and bridges between works that lie within and either side of this annus mirabilis.