Writing the Divide: Literary Culture and Political Engagement in the 1930s (Free conference, 16th June)


Writing the Divide conference posterRegistration is now open for this free, one-day conference on 16th June, examining the relationship between literature, polemics, and politics. The conference features nine papers plus a keynote lecture by Professor Valentine Cunningham (Oxford).

9:00 – 9:30 Registration

9:45 – 10:00 Welcome

10:00 – 11:00 Keynote Address: Professor Valentine Cunningham (Oxford)

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:30 PANEL 1 Chair: Bevin Blaber (University of Chicago)

Olga Sobolev and Angus Wrenn (LSE) ‘Questioning the Future of Civilisation’

Chris Doyle (Sheffield Hallam University) ‘Who Paid for the Bullet? – Capitalism and War in 1930s Spy Fiction’

Ian Anderson (University of Edinburgh) ‘“A Partial Art”: Jim Phelan and the ‘30s Literati’

12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH

13:30 – 14:45 PANEL 2 Chair: Lara Ehrenfried (Durham)

Imogen Woodberry (Royal College of Art) ‘Max Plowman: Pacifism, Blake and the Divinity of Man’

Stanislava Dikova (University of Essex) ‘Fighting against Fascism: Education and Autonomy in Virginia Woolf’s Three Guineas and Between the Acts’

Bevin Blaber (University of Chicago) ‘Maurice Blanchot: “The Last Word” and Revolutionary Literature’

14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break

15:15 – 16:30 PANEL 3 Chair: Chris Doyle (Sheffield Hallam University)

Nao Igarashi (Durham) ‘Individualism and Commitment in Louis MacNeice’s Autumn Journal’

Lara Ehrenfried (Durham) ‘Listening to the Lower Classes: Sound as Representational and Political Device in 1930s Novels and British Documentary Film’

Andrew Campbell (University of Strathclyde) ‘“Do everything, and do it together”: W. H. Auden’s Collaborationist Aesthetics’

16: 30 Closing and drinks reception

Registration is free. To register, email writingthedivide@gmail.com. The conference takes place on 16th June in St Chad’s College Chapel.

This event is supported by the Department of English Studies and the Centre for Modern Conflicts and Cultures. The organisers are Rick de Villiers and Mika Vale.

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