OXFORD ENGLISH GRADUATE CONFERENCE 3 JUNE 2016: PROGRESS
'When any real progress is made, we learn and unlearn anew what we thought we knew before.'
(Henry David Thoreau)
Throughout history the complex and contested idea of progress has held wide-ranging implications for literature and literary criticism. We see the meanings and consequences of progress translated across world literature, from The Pilgrim's Progress to the Futurist Manifesto; Renaissance Humanism to the Post-Human; from colonialism to postcolonial literature and theory.