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Transitions: Bridging the Victorian-Modernist Divide

Gilman, Harold, 1876-1919; Canal Bridge, Flekkefjord

Harold Gilman, Canal Bridge, Flekkefjord, c.1913

Edwardian scholars – including not one, not two, not three, but four of the contributors to our recent book – will be out in force at Transitions: Bridging the Victorian-Modernist Divide, a two-day international and interdisciplinary conference held at the University of Birmingham on the 9th and 10th of April. We will be hosting a panel in the afternoon of the first day called ‘Locating Edwardian Culture’, and enjoying all the other panels on what promises to be a really stimulating event. Read more about the conference here. There are only two days left to register, so if you are thinking of attending (only £10 a day), do so sooner rather than later!

An Age of Transition?

William Strang, ‘The Temptation’, c.1899

‘The habit of dividing history into epochs, each with its own label, is convenient but misleading. The business of the historian is to carve the past at the joints. But what if there are no joints? “The timid man,” says Anatole France, “dreads as a future cataclysm a change which began before his birth, which is going on under his eyes, though he does not see it, and which will become apparent a century hence.” This is eminently true of English history. “We live in an age of transition.” This sapient remark, I believe, was first made by Adam to Eve as they walked out of Paradise. “How wise you always are, Adam,” said his wife, who did not wish to talk about apples and serpents’ (W.R.Inge, The Post Victorians, 1933)