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CFP: Beyond the Victorian and Modernist Divide

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Beyond the Victorian and Modernist Divide

International Conference

March, 27-28 2014, Rouen University

Organisation: Anne Besnault-Levita and Anne-Florence Gillard Estrada

Keynote speakers:
Professor Michael Bentley, University of St. Andrews
Professor Melba Cuddy-Keane, University of Toronto

Ezra Pound’s injunction to “make it new!” or Virginia Woolf’s “on or about 1910” statement have long been used in order no support a version of modernism as a strictly aesthetic revolution — or crisis — implying an essential break with Victorian art, culture and ideology. In the last decade, however, the crucial transition between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has been variously reassessed. In the wake of the new modernist studies and of the recent revaluations of the Victorian period, a growing body of scholarship now challenges traditional periodisation by examining the existence of overlaps and unexplored continuities between the Victorians, the post-Victorians and the modernists. Once separated by a critical and cultural break, Victorian and modernist scholars have become preoccupied with a similar search for cultural and aesthetic complexities that make it possible to move beyond doxic discourses and fixed dichotomies: the past and the present, outer life and inner life, materiality and spirituality, tradition and innovation, ideology and aesthetics. Continue reading

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CFP: The Good Solider Centenary Conference

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Call for Papers: The Good Soldier Centenary Conference

Swansea University
12-14 September 2013

Proposals are invited for an international conference on The Good Soldier. Long regarded as Ford’s greatest early achievement, The Good Soldier is one of the finest modernist novels in English. This conference seeks to widen our comparative assessment of Ford’s first masterpiece, whose centenary in 2015 will be marked by a special volume of essays in the annual series of International Ford Madox Ford Studies.

We are keen to receive proposals from graduate students as well as established scholars, and we especially welcome papers discussing The Good Soldier in relation to Ford’s other writing: his essays, novels, short stories, poetry, and life-writing.

Connections might be made with the work of other writers who were active in the years before the First World War or who later wrote about that time. The pre-war period might also be extended to include the early years of the war itself, a time, as David Jones suggested, when there was still ‘a certain attractive amateurishness, and elbow-room for idiosyncrasy that connected one with a less exacting past’. Continue reading