POSTPONED – SAVILIAN MICHAEL MAXWELL STEER on GASLIGHT & GOTHICK – THE ROMANTIC DIVORCE BETWEEN SCIENCE AND IMAGINATION, AND ITS EFFECTS ON THE PRESENT DAY

William Beckford’s Vathek was acknowledged by Byron as one of his main sources of inspiration, yet it was written within two years of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Living within a few miles of the notorious Fonthill Abbey and having edited and published Beckford’s compositions, Michael Maxwell Steer presents him as the ideal lens through which to view the emerging separation between scientific rationality and the duende or nonrational head-space required for creativity.