Academic journal article The Byron Journal

Editorial

Academic journal article The Byron Journal

Editorial

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This issue of The Byron Journal is centred on the theme of 'Byron and the Bible' and gives you a taste of the wonderful conference held at Newstead Abbey on this theme in May of 2015, attended by speakers from around the world. Many hoped to hear Peter Cochran speak at Newstead this year, but he was too ill. He died on 20 May, aged 71. This issue is a tribute to Peter. It publishes his last contribution to The Byron Journal. It also includes a moving obituary by Sir Drummond Bone. His essay appears here largely in the form he left it in. You will hear his voice. It is an example of the kind of work Peter loved getting to grips with, and is on his favourite Byron text, The Vision of Judgement, unforgettable acted readings of which he staged at so many conferences.

Balancing the loss to Byron Studies, the issue contains essays by two up-and-coming scholars of Byron based at Oxford-one on the biblical precursors of the Byronic heroine, and the other on the failure of community in 'Darkness'. There are two more essays by eminent Byronists, one on Byron and the theoretical concept of the postsecular, and one on Byron's use and adaptations of Scripture. …

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