This Friday, April 22 , invited speaker Lindsey Eckert will give a talk titled “‘Though a stranger to you’: Byron’s Fan Mail and Readerly Love” at 3:30pm in McClung 1210.
Many of Lord Byron’s readers didn’t just love the texts that he wrote; they loved the man behind them. Drawing on the fan mail that Byron received, this talk will explore the affective connections that Romantic readers had with authors they would never know. Byron’s case points to larger cultural and literary structures that not only changed readers’ relationships with authors but also helped redefine Romantic-era authorship itself.
Lindsey Eckert is Assistant Professor of English at Georgia State University where she teaches courses in Romanticism and Digital Humanities. Her research has appeared in Nineteenth-Century Literature, European Romantic Review, and Digital Humanities Quarterly. In 2014, she received the annual Pedagogy Prize from the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism and Romantic Circles. She’s currently working on a monograph entitled Loving Strangers: Romantic Authorship and the Limits of Familiarity.
This event is hosted by The Nineteenth-Century British Research Seminar.