Dr Mark Sandy: “The Colossal Fabric’s Form”: Remodelling Identity, History, and Memory in Byron
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.
Byron's own meditations on historically ruined forms disrupt the inherent stability of teleological structures for human agency, memory, and history in order to re-imagine his own posthumous reputation.
This is part of the 'Modelling the Self' public lecture series.
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