Collecting Byron (11-13 April 2014, Drew University)

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"Collecting Byron"
Drew University, April 11-13 2014

Drew University and the Byron Society of America announce a conference on "Collecting Byron" to be held April 11-13, 2014 at Drew celebrating the completion of the cataloging of the Byron Society Collection at its new home within the Special Collections of the Drew University Library.

Jerome McGann will deliver the ninth Leslie A. Marchand Memorial Lecture to open the conference on Friday, April 11. Over the course of the weekend, there will be several arranged panels and a roundtable on collecting, as well as an exhibition of highlights from the Byron Society Collection and a concert of Byron-inspired music.

In addition to the arranged sessions, there will be a special panel on Saturday morning April 12 on "Collecting Byron" in a general or metaphorical sense. Three papers will be chosen for reading on this panel. We invite a wide interpretation of "collecting," but topics might entertain:

Collecting Byronic Material Culture

Recollectors of Lord Byron

Byron as a Collector of: Experiences, Writers, Lovers, Animals, etc.

Collective Genres: Childe Harold, Don Juan, the dramas, the letters and journals

Collecting the Uncollectable Byron

"I struggle, but cannot collect my mind" (DJ 1:195,2)

Papers should be no more than 2,000 words. Please email a 250-word proposal in Microsoft Office Word or Rich Text Format by September 3, 2013 to Professor Robert Ready, conference organizer, at