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Byron’s Manfred: Dramatic Reading, Symposium

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - April 21 @ 5:00 pm

New York University

Now that this event has passed, please see our post-event follow-up,  with video of Dr. Jerome McGann’s keynote address and a follow-up interview. 

April 20-21, 2017

New York

“The Bicentenary of the Publication of Lord Byron’s Manfred: a Dramatic Reading of the Play and a Symposium in NYC”

Dramatic Reading of Manfred: Thursday, April 20, 2017 – 7:30 pm – The Sheen Center’s Loreto Theater, 18 Bleecker Street

Symposium on Manfred: Friday, April 21, 2017 at the NYU Department of English


The registration for the upcoming bicentenary symposium on Lord Byron’s Manfred at New York University on Friday, April 21 is now open. To register, click here

Registration is free, but space is limited to the first 50 persons. 

For information about the tickets to the NYC performance of Manfred on Thursday, April 20, visit

Jerome McGann, Resident Dramaturge, Post-Show Discussion participant, Symposium Keynote Speaker
Omar F. Miranda, Resident Dramaturge, Post-Show Discussion participant, Symposium speaker, Event Organizer
Jesse Berger, Artistic Director, Red Bull Theater, NYC

Symposium Speakers / Panelists:
Emily Bernhard Jackson, Peter Manning, Jane Stabler, Jonathan Gross, Jeffrey Cox, Fred Burwick, Andy Stauffer, Alice Levine, Ghislaine McDayter, Clara Tuite, Richard Lansdown, Alan Richardson, Michael Gamer, Diego Saglia

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 20, 2017

7:30 PM:

Staged Reading of Manfred (Red Bull Theater)

Location: Loreto Theater, The Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street

9:30 PM:

Post-Show Discussion

[with Jerome McGann, Omar F. Miranda, Michael Barakiva (Director),

Actors, Jesse Berger (Red Bull’s Artistic Director), and Actors]

Location: Loreto Theater, The Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street

10:00 PM:

Post-Show Drinks (optional)

Location: Agozar Cuban Bar and Restaurant

324 Bowery (Around the corner from the theater)


Friday, April 21, 2017

9:00 am:

Welcome Remarks:

Neil Fraistat, President, Keats-Shelley Association of America
Omar F. Miranda, New York University

Location: 19 University Place, Room 102

9:15 am:

Manfred: The Text and its Circulation

Panel Chair: Arden Hegele, Columbia University Society of Fellows

Location: 19 University Place, Room 102

“Illusions of Temporality in Manfred
Frederick Burwick, University of California, Los Angeles

“Iconography and Imagery of Manfred‘s Illustrations”
Ghislaine McDayter, Bucknell University

“Voice and Voicing in Manfred
Diego Saglia, Università di Parma

“The Dashes in Manfred
Jane Stabler, University of St. Andrews

11:00 am:

Break / Light Refreshments

11:15 am:

Manfred: Cultural Connections

Panel Chair: Lauren Neefe, Georgia Institute of Technology

Location: 19 University Place, Room 102

“‘My pang shall find a voice’: Manfred and The Sorrows of Young Werther
Peter Manning, Stony Brook University

“Alpine Orientalism in Manfred
Alan Richardson, Boston College

“Dark Prometheus: Manfred and the Last Infirmity of Evil”
Andrew Stauffer, University of Virginia

“Redeemed from the worm: Byron’s Celebrity Revenge Tragedy”
Clara Tuite, The University of Melbourne

1:00 pm:


(on your own; list of neighborhood suggestions will be provided)

2:30 pm:

Manfred: Gravitas and its Other

Panel Chair: Mariam Tarek Abou Kathir, New York University

Location: The Jurow Room, NYU Silver Center

“Appearance and the Role of Guilt in Manfred
Emily Bernhard Jackson, The University of Exeter

Manfred and Suicide”
Richard Lansdown, James Cook University

Manfred: Byron’s Other Don Juan
Alice Levine, Hofstra University

3:50 pm:


4:10 pm:

Manfred, Performance, and Theater

Panel Chair: Kate Singer, Mount Holyoke College

Location: The Jurow Room, NYU Silver Center

Manfred and Melodrama”
Jeffrey Cox, The University of Colorado, Boulder &
Michael Gamer, The University of Pennsylvania

“Freemasonry and Mental Theatre”
Jonathan Gross, DePaul University

“Manfred and the ‘Happy Medium’ of Romantic Drama”
Omar F. Miranda, New York University

5:30 pm:

Keynote Address

Location: The Jurow Room, NYU Silver Center

Manfred: This Long Disease of my Life”
Jerome McGann, The University of Virginia

Introduction by Andrew Stauffer

Location: NYU Glucksman Ireland House, One Washington Mews

6:30-8:30 pm:

Concluding Reception

Location: The Event Space, NYU Department of English (First Floor)



April 20 @ 7:30 pm
April 21 @ 5:00 pm
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Omar F. Miranda (New York University)
Jerome McGann (University of Virginia)
Jesse Berger (Red Bull Theater)