Dr. Cochran has been instrumental in furthering Byron studies for over 20 years, and now he is quite ill.

Most if not all members of the IABS know, and hold in deep affection, Peter Cochran. Many students and scholars around the world have benefited enormously from his online scholarship on Byron - indeed, in many parts of the world his work has made the serious study of Byron possible, where it might otherwise not have been possible.

Everybody who studies Byron is indebted to this indefatigable, endlessly knowledgeable, scholar. And how many conferences, for many years, have been enlivened by his vivacious, wonderfully eccentric but deeply informed personal presence? Behind the scenes, he has helped to bring on, encourage and educate countless young Byron scholars. He is present everywhere in the Byron world. But those who know him will also be aware of his long-standing health problems, and he is now critically ill in hospital.

The IABS and the whole of its membership hopes this great man and distinguished Byron scholar will overcome his illness.

The Organizing and Academic committees would like to give you a general outline of the activities that include the Academic Programme (student papers and lectures by professors) and the Social Activities (receptions, excursions, visits to historic sites, entertainment).

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This is to inform you that Professor Afrim Karagjozi of the Albanian Byron Society passed away recently.

His student and friend Dorian Koçi sent this brief note:

"Profesor Afrim died two days ago in the age 73 years old. It is a very great loss for us. I published an article today Farwell Professor. Please spread the bad news to all the members of Byron International Society."

Dorian's tribute to the Professor is at http://doriankoci.blogspot.in/2015/05/lamtumire-profesor.html

MODERNITY'S MIST: BRITISH ROMANTICISM AND THE POETICS OF ANTICIPATION by EMILY ROHRBACH

Modernity's Mist explores an understudied aspect of Romanticism: its future-oriented poetics. Whereas Romanticism is well known for its relation to the past, Emily Rohrbach situates Romantic epistemological uncertainties in relation to historiographical debates that opened up a radically unpredictable and fast- approaching future. As the rise of periodization made the project of defining the "spirit of the age" increasingly urgent, the changing sense of futurity rendered the historical dimensions of the present deeply elusive.

While historicist critics often are interested in what Romantic writers and their readers would have known, Rohrbach draws attention to moments when these writers felt they could not know the historical dimensions of their own age. Illuminating the poetic strategies Keats, Austen, Byron, and Hazlitt used to convey that sense of mystery, Rohrbach describes a poetic grammar of future anteriority--of uncertainty concerning what will have been. Romantic writers, she shows, do not simply reflect the history of their time; their works make imaginable a new way of thinking the historical present when faced with the temporalities of modernity.

STIRRING AGE: SCOTT, BYRON AND THE HISTORICAL ROMANCE by Robert McColl

Comparisons of Scott and Byron, so natural to 19th century readers, are scarce nowadays. Using a variety of critical and philosophical vocabularies, this study provides a timely and original study of two giants of 19th century European literature engaged in an experimental, mutually-informing, act of genre-splicing, seeking to return history and romance to what both perceived was their native complementarity.

The book shows how both writers utilise historical example to suggest the continuing relevance of romance models, and how they confront threats to that relevance, whether they derive from the linear conception of history or the ‘romantic’ misapprehension of it. The argument proceeds by examining those threats, and then weighing the revival of romance via, rather than contra, the historical.

Purchases can be made from www.cambridgescholars.com