Monthly Archives: September 2012

E. M. Forster’s ‘Maurice’ – Centenary Conference

‘E. M. Forster’ by William Rothenstein

On the 24-25th November 2012 the School of English at St. Andrews will host a conference to mark the centenary of E. M. Forster’s novel Maurice. The provisionary programme can be found below. More information, including details regarding registration, can be found here. Keynote speakers will be Dr Finn Fordham (Royal Holloway, London) and Professor David Medalie (University of Pretoria, South Africa).

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Neo-Edwardian Fiction

Many thanks to Celia M. Cruz Rus (postgraduate student, University of Malaga) for providing the following guest post on Neo-Edwardian fiction:

If you want to immerse yourself in the Edwardian period while enjoying some literature, you can always go back to Henry James or E. M. Forster but if you want to try some contemporary fiction, here are  a few suggestions:

Falling Angels (2001), Tracy Chevalier. The Waterhouses and the Colemans meet at the cemetery on the day Queen Victoria dies. From that day onwards, thanks to their little girls’ friendship and fascination with the graveyard, their destinies will be tragically entangled.

Snobbery with Violence (2003), M. C. Beaton. The first novel of the Edwardian Murder Mystery Series is a funny, light-hearted story which sees Lady Rose Summer, a debutante who has a reputation as an ex-suffragette, investigating the death of a guest with the help of her maid and a detective on her first season.

Arthur & George (2005), Julian Barnes. This is a beautiful tale based on the real story of how acclaimed the Sherlock Holmes author became a sort of detective himself and helped prove a young solicitor innocent.

– “Dictation” (2008), Cynthia Ozick. This short story found in the collection Dictation: A Quartet imagines a meeting between Henry James’s typist and that of Joseph Conrad, who has designed a plan which will make them immortal.

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CFP: Visual Culture in Crisis – Britain, c.1800 to the present

John Byam Shaw, ‘The Boer War’, 1901

The following CFP may be of interest to Edwardian scholars:

University of York, Conference 10th May 2013; Call for Papers deadline: 10th December 2012

Keynote Speakers: Professor Christopher Pinney (UCL), Dr Eric Stryker (Southern Methodist University). Introduction and plenary discussion led by Dr Chad Elias (University of York) and Dr Sarah Turner (University of York).

‘European mastery is always in crisis – and it is this same crisis that defines European modernity’ – Empire, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

The word ‘crisis’ is frequently invoked to assess Britain’s current place in the world: crises in finance, journalism, politics and geopolitics dominate the media, all of which see the term used both to reflect, and manipulate, a sense of uncertainty and confusion on personal, national, and global levels. Taking its cue from Hardt and Negri’s location of ‘crisis’ as central to European modernity, this conference seeks to explore how visual cultures in Britain during the 19th and 20th centuries have simultaneously responded to – and emerged from – the successive crises that have been deemed to constitute the country’s (post)colonial modernity. Crisis might signify avant-garde break-through and embrace of modernity. It might impel artistic breakdown or flight from modernity, anarchic celebration, or resistance in the form of protest. Crisis in visual culture could above all be emblematic of the contingent nature of personal and political identities. As both a product and a precipitant of the inter-state and inter-subjective networks that have emerged in conjunction with imperialism and economic globalisation, crisis can articulate a disharmony between metropole and colony, centre and periphery, state and individual, working constantly to disrupt the geographical, cultural and class boundaries of ‘Britain’. Continue reading

CFP: Workers and Consumers: The Photographic Industry 1860-1950

The following CFP may be of interest to Edwardian scholars:

Workers and Consumers: The Photographic Industry 1860-1950
Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester
24-25 June 2013

The history of photography has largely been dominated by concerns about aesthetic production and its political framings. Such ‘art historical’ approaches have marginalised the study of the economic base of the medium manifested through a developing photographic industry, its related trades and its mass consumers. Work is now emerging in this field, scattered across a number of disciplines: history, anthropology and history of science in particular. While there has been extensive research on both the politics and the affective qualities of popular photography, family albums, for instance, the missing component in the analysis is often a detailed and empirically informed understanding of the social and economic conditions of product development, labour forces, marketing and consumer demand. Continue reading

Upstage: Call for Submissions

UPSTAGE, a peer-reviewed online publication dedicated to research in turn-of-the-century dramatic literature, theatre, and theatrical culture, is seeking submissions for its Winter 2012-13 issue. This is a development of the pages published under this name as part of THE OSCHOLARS, and is now an independently edited journal in the Oscholars group published by Rivendale Press at, as part of our expanding coverage of the different cultural manifestations of the fin de siècle. UPSTAGE is indexed by the Modern Language Association.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the work of Shaw, Schnitzler, Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, von Hofmannsthal, and their contemporaries in Western and Eastern Europe and beyond.

UPSTAGE welcomes a variety of theoretical and critical methodologies. We are interested in receiving: Continue reading

Munch and Modernity

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following event, which ties in with the excellent Munch exhibition currently showing at Tate Modern.

On the occasion of Tate’s exhibition Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye this symposium will explore what made Munch such a quintessentially modern artist. Curators, art-historians, Munch experts and contemporary artists talk about different aspects of his practice and its significance today, from painting, film and photography to self-representation and the nature of the gaze.

Speakers include Angela Lampe, Clément Chéroux, Patricia Berman,  Mai Britt Guleng, Sue Prideaux and Tracey Emin. See here for more details.

Celebrating Delius

The following event may be of interest to Edwardian scholars:

2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the composer Frederick Delius. This weekend symposium, organised by The Delius Society in partnership with the British Library, focuses on the life and work of the composer and highlights why we should celebrate his many achievements.

With a packed programme comprising talks, a round-table discussion, live music and a showing on the large screen of the recent BBC4 John Bridcut film ‘Delius: Composer, Lover, Enigma’ on Sunday, the weekend will also give an opportunity for delegates to speak with renowned experts in the field.

Speakers on Saturday include Dr Lionel Carley (Delius scholar). Live music will include a recital by Paul Guinery (pianist and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster), song and violin recitals by the winners of the 2011 Delius Performance Prize Competition, Natalie Hyde and Dominika Fehér, and a UK first performance of the winning entry of the 2012 Delius International Composition Prize Competition, composed by Michael Djupstrom.

Tickets are £20 per day but each day has to be booked separately. The price includes tea, coffee and a sandwich lunch and also a wine reception on Saturday. Continue reading

Uncertain Futures

Vanessa Bell, ‘Abstract Painting’, c.1914

‘In a large part, the uncertain future facing us early in the twenty-first century arose from the inventions, thoughts and transformations of those unusually rich fifteen years between 1900 and 1914, a period of extraordinary creativity in the arts and sciences, of enormous change in society and in the very image people had of themselves. Everything that was to become important during the twentieth century – from quantum physics to women’s emancipation, from abstract art to space travel, from communism and fascism to the consumer society, from in industrialized slaughter to the power of the media – had already made deep impressions in the years before 1914, so that the rest of the century was little more than an exercise, wonderful and hideous by turn, in living out and exploring these new possibilities’

(Philipp Blom, The Vertigo Years: Change and Culture in the West, 1900-1914, London 2008)

Victorian Humanity and its Others

The following CFP may be of interest to Edwardian scholars:

“Victorian Humanity and its Others: An International Conference” CFP (VSAWC 2013)

The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada invites proposals for a conference on Victorian Humanity and its Others. The conference, hosted by the University of the Fraser Valley and Douglas College, will take place 27-28 April 2013 at the Coast Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, located right near English Bay and the beautiful Stanley Park seawall walk.

We seek proposals for papers that examine the theme of humanity and its others in Victorian culture and society. We warmly welcome papers from the perspectives of history and art history, literary studies, gender studies, race and ethnicity studies, animal studies, and science. Papers will address Victorian definitions, expressions, and contestations of humanity and its others, as well as the way these definitions and debates were shaped by new developments in natural science, anthropology, religion, technology, and industry. Continue reading