This will be a small collection of recorded talks on Lord Byron and his greatest — but unfinished — poem, Don Juan. There are two talks listed below and there are several others to follow. But they will not form a series in any useful way. My plan for these talks is rather like Byron’s for Don Juan, I’ll wander around the subject, touching on things that interest me in whatever order they occur to me.
The content of the talks will be introductory. They are intended for people who might be interested knowing more about the poem and the poet rather than for people who already know a great deal about both and would rather talk about criticism or literary theory instead. In other words, this is is for “fans”. Or maybe for people who want to know why on earth an epic poem would have any fans at all!
Also, just to be clear, this is my Don Juan, not yours. You may not like what I say in one of these talks (or the way that I say it). But if so, please try another: you may like that one more. Inconsistency has it’s benefits, after all.
I’ll upload the talks here as I complete them: please check back every few days or follow me on Twitter at @madbaddangerous where I’ll let you know of a new recording.
Each talk is about 5–10 minutes. Please press “play” and allow a moment for the talk to start. You can download the MP3 file if you wish using the ‘down-arrow’ beside the player. I also provide a PDF file of the text of the talk.