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CFP: Modernist Criticisms

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Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following CFP:

Modernist Criticisms: Graduate Conference, Saturday 7 June 2014

Centre for Modernist Studies, University of Sussex

Keynote Speaker: Professor Tim Armstrong, Royal Holloway

Our conceptions of modernism are not just informed by its literature. As is widely recognized, essays including Woolf’s ‘Modern Fiction’ and Eliot’s ‘Tradition and the Individual Talent’ provide these writers – and their readers -alternative methods of approaching literary questions and a wider arena within which to expound and explore their theories. But while the critical texts of these canonical figures are well known and studied, work by various minor figures of the period, and this work’s engagement with their artistic concerns, is still frequently overlooked. Many kinds of writing remain marginalized within studies of modernist literature, including work for commercial publications and political movements, for educational instruction, and writing beyond the literary scenes of London and Paris. Research into early twentieth-century literary culture has stimulated important discussions surrounding the production and reception of modernist criticism, including the impact of publishing practices and the professionalization of intellectual pursuits. But this research prompts a need for further enquiry into how critical and creative writing in this period are mutually engaged with these cultural contexts in view. Continue reading