Byron’s Voices: Cultural and Textual Interactions
November 11 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pmMuseum of Byzantine Culture
The complex interweaving of the literary, the personal, the historical and the political is a hallmark of the Byron phenomenon. Byron may best be understood or appreciated through his remarkable diversity, multiplicity of styles and poetic transitions which often develop in response to his geopolitical movements and allegiance to foreign cultures and traditions. His works therefore elicit a dynamic confluence of voices—narrative, intertextual, biographical, political, cultural—which both challenge and surprise the reader. What is the broader historical and social significance of these voices and how do we negotiate their interrelations? How do we read the repertoire of Byronic personae, the narrative positionings and social identities which cross the work and the life? How do the poet’s voices reverberate across the diverse cultures of reception that sustain the Byron phenomenon to this day?
The symposium aims to bring together a group of scholars who will offer their perspectives on the multiplicity and complexity of voices that mark Byron’s oeuvre. It is also interested in addressing the contemporary relevance of his work, hoping to highlight neglected aspects of the energetic interaction between his life, his poetry, and the wider contemporary world.
- Timothy Webb
- Jane Stabler
- Aikaterini Douka-Kabitoglou
- Nic Panagopoulos
- Argyros Protopapas
- Maria Schoina
There will also be a presentation/dramatic performance by undergraduate students of the School of English of Aristotle University.
Maria Schoina, Assistant Professor of English Romanticism, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece