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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Modelling the Self Lecture Series: 'The Colossal Fabric’s Form”: Remodelling Identity, History, and Memory in Byron'

27th November 2007, 18:15 to 19:30, Elvet Riverside 140

Dr. Mark Sandy (Durham University)

In this lecture which reads Byron's personal and historical reflections in 'Manfred' and 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage' through Nietzsche's meditations on memory and forgetting, poetic acts of remembrance are explored as moments of wilful erasure. Central to Nietzsche's thought is how single moments are forgotten only to be unwillingly recalled at some future historical point. History is the foster-child of both remembrance and forgetfulness. A desire to forget biography and history, paradoxically, produces a capacity to remember.

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