Monthly Archives: November 2013

CFP: Arnold Bennett’s Short Stories

'The Business Man of Letters', Arnold Bennett in Vanity Fair, 1913

‘The Business Man of Letters’, Arnold Bennett in Vanity Fair, 1913

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following CFP:

‘Death, Fire, Life’ – Arnold Bennett’s Short Stories

11th International Conference of the Arnold Bennett Society
to be held on 7th June 2014
at The North Staffs Conference Centre, Hartshill, Newcastle, Staffordshire

At our Seminar in October Martin Laux drew our attention to the many Bennett stories still uncollected, one of which, published in Woman in 1926, bore the dramatic title above. The theme of the Conference in the Society’s 60th Anniversary year will be AB’s short stories both collected and not. The variety of material is so wide that there is much scope for papers looking at the stories from literary, historical, sociological and other viewpoints. Please send your proposals for 20 minute papers in the form of 200 word abstracts to Morag Jones ( by 1st February 2014.

Edwardian Encounters: The Caravaners


[Jennifer Walker, the author of this post, has just published “Elizabeth of the German Garden – A Literary Journey”]

THE CARAVANERS, by the author of “Elizabeth and her German Garden” (now known as Elizabeth von Arnim), first published in 1909 by Smith & Elder.

When Mary Beauchamp married the Count von Arnim in 1891, she had no idea that her newly-acquired German nationality would divide her life and her family for generations to come.  She had been swept off her feet by the widowed Prussian Count, some fifteen years her senior, finding at last that she was valued by him as a musically gifted and intelligent young woman.  For, on their engagement, the Count von Arnim-Schlagenthin took her straight to Bayreuth where Mary could perform Bach on the organ in the presence of Cosima Wagner.  But maybe the Count got more than her bargained for.  Mary was gifted, not only in music, but also in words, and it was by means of her writing that she managed to escape from the life proscribed for her; that of the wife of a member of the Prussian aristocracy in the latter years of the nineteenth century.

Writing as ‘Elizabeth’, she immediately established a literary reputation with her first best-selling novel, Elizabeth and her German Garden (published anonymously in 1898).  Continue reading

CFP: Victorian and Edwardian Lives and Letters


Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following CFP:

Victorian and Edwardian Lives and Letters

Venue: University of Hertfordshire and Knebworth House: Thursday 10- Friday 11 July 2014.

Keynote speakers: Professor Jane Ridley, University of Buckingham
(Bertie: A Life of Edward VII; The Young Disraeli; The Architect and his Wife: a life of Edwin Lutyens).

Professor Katharine Cockin, University of Hull (The Collected Letters of Ellen Terry; Women and Theatre in the Age of Suffrage; Edith Craig (1869-1947))

Submissions are invited for this two-day conference to be held at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield and at Knebworth House, the country home of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton (1803-73). The conference will focus broadly on the topic of life-writing in its different manifestations and the challenges posed by Victorian and Edwardian figures from across the literary, theatrical, political and social scenes. Continue reading

Event: Nordic Cosmopolitans: Art and Internationalism in Scandinavia, 1870-1920

'Girl from Dalecarlia knitting' by Anders Zorn (1901)

‘Girl from Dalecarlia knitting’ by Anders Zorn (1901)

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following ICE event:

Nordic Cosmopolitans: Art and Internationalism in Scandinavia, 1870-1920

taking place at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark, on 8 January 2014.

The workshop brings together academics and curators to discuss the most recent scholarship on art and internationalism in Scandinavia at the ‘long fin de siecle’. Topics range from the Pre-Raphaelite influence on Danish painting, to neo-classicism in Finnish architecture, Scandinavian artists in Paris, Scandinavian colonial visual culture, and an inside perspective on the recent exhibition Nordic Art: The Modern Breakthrough (Munich and Groninger, 2012-13). The workshop is convened by Ingeborg Bugge (Aarhus University, Denmark) and Rosie Ibbotson (University of Canterbury, NZ), in collaboration with ICE. The programme can be found here.

To register, please email by 15 December 2013. There will be a subsidised registration fee of £30, or £15 for concessions.

Further details are available on the ICE website:

Event: Challenger Unbound


One-Day Symposium on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Professor Challenger Narratives

Challenger Unbound

Department of English, UCL, 9 December 2013

A century has passed since the publication of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. This one-day symposium offers an ideal opportunity to take stock of the Professor Challenger narratives and to reassess what these three novels and two short stories can offer to new generations of scholars, students, and enthusiasts. Continue reading