Romanticism Research Forum: Professor Bernard Beatty

18th May 2010, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Edge Hill University

‘Gothic Byron? Mapping his Ghosts and Spirits’

The first in a series of Romanticism Research Forums is taking place on Tuesday 18th May 2010 and features a lecture by Professor Bernard Beatty (Universities of Liverpool and St Andrews).

‘Lord Byron’s ancestral home was a ruined gothic abbey and his greatest poem, Don Juan, ends up in a fictional version of this abbey in which Juan encounters a ghost twice. But Byron is not a straight ‘Gothic’ writer. The lecture will try to distinguish between different kinds of Gothic elements and different kinds of ghost in Byron’s writings.

Bernard Beatty is Senior Fellow in the School of English at the University of Liverpool and Associate Fellow in the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews. He has written  many articles on Byron in, for example, The Cambridge Companion to Byron and a new collection of essays on Byron and the Gothic, but his most recent work has been on Shelley and the Bible, Byron and the Bible, Byron and Venice, the psalms, the theology of beauty, and the article on Don Juan in the new Cambridge History of English Poetry (published this month). At present he is writing an article for a collection of essays on Victorian bric a brac.

The forum is taking place in room M44 at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus from 5pm-7pm – all welcome. For further information please contact Professor Michael Bradshaw on 01695 650942 or email