The Byron Society Lecture: 'Byron and the Age of Sensation', by Jonathan Bate

Tuesday 16 October 2012
George Gordon Byron (1788 – 1824)

Thursday 8 November 2012

6.00pm: The Beveridge Hall, Senate House, University of London

Chair: William St Clair (Institute of English Studies)

Image used with the permission of John Murray.

This lecture will take a new look at the old question of how Byron embodied the spirit of his age. It will propose that 'the age of Romanticism' might better be thought of as 'the age of Sensation'.  Key players in the argument, aside of course from Byron himself, will be Francis Jeffrey, William Hazlitt and, perhaps more surprisingly, Jane Austen.

Jonathan Bate studied at Cambridge and Harvard universities. Well known as a biographer, critic, broadcaster and scholar, he is Provost of Worcester College and Professor of English Literature in the University of Oxford. He has wide-ranging research interests in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, Romanticism, biography and life-writing, ecocriticism, contemporary poetry and theatre history. He is a Fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature, as well as an Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Before moving to Oxford in 2011, he was a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, then King Alfred Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool, and then Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick. He is on the Board of the Royal Shakespeare Company, broadcasts regularly for the BBC, writes for the Guardian, Times, TLS and Sunday Telegraph, and has held visiting posts at Yale and UCLA. In 2006 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's 80th Birthday Honours for his services to higher education. He is currently Vice-President (leading the Humanities) of the British Academy.

His latest works include Being Shakespeare, a one-man play for Simon Callow, which toured nationally and played at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe prior to two West End runs at the Trafalgar Studios, followed by a transfer to New York and Chicago in April 2012. He is consultant curator for the British Museum’s major Shakespeare exhibition for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

The Byron Society celebrates the life and work of the poet George Gordon, Lord Byron, through regular events in London.  The Byron Journal, free to members of the Society, is published twice a year. The Society in conjunction with King's College London will host the International Byron Conference in London in July 2013.

Free and open to all, and followed by a wine reception.  If you would like to attend please notify

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