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“Lord Byron and Greece”: Talk by Professor Vrasidas Karalis & Professor Mark Byron in Sydney

This year, the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney partners with the Greek Festival of Sydney to celebrate the life and work of Lord Byron, on the 200th anniversary of his death (19 April 1824).

Lord Byron is globally well known as the poet who came to the aid of the Greek nation in a time of acute need. This intimate bond with Greece extends to Byron’s poetry, as well as to its subsequent reception and influence upon Greek literature.

This talk sketches out a brief account of this bond towards defining what it means for Byron to be considered a “Greek poet.”

About the speakers

Professor Vrasidas Karalis

Sir Nicholas Laurantus Professor of Modern Greek
Chair of Modern Greek Department, University of Sydney

For the last 20 years, the main area of research of Professor Vrasidas Karalis has been in Modern Greek, Byzantine, Cultural Studies and more recently, New Testament Studies. He have also worked in translation, especially of the Australian Nobel Laureate Patrick White and translated three of his major novels into Greek (Voss, The Vivisector, A Cheery Soul).

For his services, he has received the Federation Medal from the Federal Government in 2003.

Professor Mark Byron

Discipline of English and Writing, University of Sydney

Professor Mark Byron teaches and publishes across the genres and practices of Modernism: prose, poetry, drama, and film, as well as textual and editorial theory. He is currently working on a project concerning how leading Modernist authors – James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Samuel Beckett, and others – absorb early medieval thought and textual practices into their work.

His research also engages with the complex interactions of Transatlantic Modernism and Contemporary Literature with the artistic and literary traditions of China and Japan.

Venue: Parliamentary Theatrette

NSW Parliament House 6 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

Date: 18 April, 7pm

Language: English

Free admission but booking essential: