The Don Juan story is one of the most enduring of modern cultural myths, with retellings and versions spanning several centuries, and occurring in the widest imaginable range of cultural forms and narrative media. This informal study day explored the diverse cultural manifestations of the Don Juan figure.
The event was organised by the Literature and Music Research Group of the Open University and was hosted by the Institutes of Musical Research and English Studies. The convenors were Katia Chornik, Delia da Sousa Correa, Fiona Richards and Robert Samuels.
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Room G22/26, Senate House, from 09.30 – 16.30.
10.00–11.00: Session 1: Who is Don Juan?
Robert Fraser (The Open University) Don Juan as Bourgeois Hedonist Tragic Hero: Mozart, Kierkegaard and Pierre Jean Jouve
Encarna Trinidad-Barrantes (The Open University)
Legendary Seduction: Don Juan in Spanish Literature, 1630-1970
11.30–12.30: Sessions 2 & 2a: The Intermedial Don
Käthe Springer-Dissmann (Don Juan Archive, Austria)
Gluck Crossing the Paths of Don Juan: Routes of Two Great European Wanderers
Lawrence Woof (Leeds College of Music)
Automata, Statues and Spectres: The Commendatore in Don Giovanni
Agnimita Chatterjee (University of Calcutta)
Influences of Don Juan in India: The Root and the Fruit
Robert Samuels (The Open University)
Richard Strauss and the musicalisation ofthe Don Juan Myth
1.45–2.45: Parallel Sessions 3 & 3a: The Romantic to Post-Modern Don
Jonathan Gross (DePaul University,Chicago)
“One / To whom the opera is by no means new”: Byron's debt to Mozart in Canto IV of Don Juan
Peter Cochran (International Byron Society)
Byron’s Don Juan: The Radical Alternative
Ljubica Ilic (independent scholar)
Don Juan in Mozart and Kundera: On Seduction, Laughable and Tragic
Jonathan Rees (The Open University)
Schulhoff’s Flammen: Don Juan Beyond the Pleasure Principle
3.15–4.15: Session 4: Final Plenary and Closing Discussion
Rachel Cowgill (Cardiff University) Burlesquing the Don on the Early Nineteenth-Century London Stage
Closing Round Table Discussion
chaired by Delia da Sousa Correa (The Open University)