“To invent the train is to invent the rail accident of derailment” (Paul Virilio, The Original Accident 10). From the 19th century onward, the intervention of speed upon and across the landscape has created zones of contact between non-human animals and machines that resulted in numerous crashes, deaths, derailments and a wide variety of events that we know as accidents. With the speed of modern time, railway accidents involving humans and animals became a common theme of literary texts, travel books, journal reports, legal discussions, as well as photography and motion pictures. One of the early depictions of moving trains, J. M. W.
Difficulty is a key quality associated with modernist works and a key value associated with modernist theory. T. S. Eliot’s “The Metaphysical Poets” valorizes difficulty’s intellectual and mimetic value, claiming that, because civilization is various and complex, poetry should force or dislocate language into meaning. D. H. Lawrence’s “Morality and the Novel” values emotional difficulty as necessary to the journey toward newness, both in life (“A new relation … will always hurt. So life will always hurt”) and art (“to read a really new novel will always hurt”). Echoing Freud, Lawrence says there will always be “resistance” to newness.
The 40th Annual Meeting of the International T. S. Eliot Society
September 27–29, 2019
Call for Papers
CFP for MSA Panel Proposal: 'Legacies' of Modernism
General Conference Theme: Upheaval and Reconstruction
Toronto, ON, CA. October 17-20, 2019
Observing Upheaval: Modernism and Surveillance panel
Modernist Studies Association conference: October 17-20, 2019, Toronto
Conference Theme: Upheaval and Reconstruction
Organisers: Stephanie J Brown and Emily Hainze
CFP for MLA 2020, Jan. 9-12, Seattle, Washington.
Explorations of crosscurrents in Lawrence between genres, literary periods, political ideologies, etc., responses to race/ethnicity, queer and feminist interventions, masculinity.
Please submit a 300 word abstract plus a short bio.
‘Neighbours of Ours’: Cities, Communities, Networks11-12 July 2019
SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS EXTENDED TO 1 MARCH 2019
Marina Warner: ‘Words on the Move’
‘The Baron Six’:
Anthony Cartwright, Sean Longden, Susie Thomas, Nadia Valman, Andrew Whitehead, Ken Worpole.
Call for Papers
RE-ORIENTATING E. M. FORSTER
Texts, Contexts, Receptions
An international anniversary conference
Cambridge, Thursday 2 to Saturday 4 April 2020
Confirmed speakers: Paul Armstrong (Brown), Stefan Collini (Cambridge), Santanu Das (Oxford), Leela Gandhi (Brown), Jane Goldman (Glasgow), Laura Marcus (Oxford), Stefania Michelucci (Genoa), Rachel Potter (East Anglia), and David Trotter (Cambridge).
Conference Theme: “Upheaval and Reconstruction”
Tracing the origins of what he calls the “Myth of the [Great] War,” Samuel Hynes has argued that soldier-poets and memoirists gave this narrative of the conflict its “fullest definition” in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and that it “can be reduced to two terse propositions: the old betray the young; the past is remote and useless” (A War Imagined x). “No generation since then has questioned its validity,” Hynes continues; rather, the soldier-poets’ account is “repeated in texts written by authors who did not experience the war, but who inherited its myth.”
CALL FOR PAPERS
The “CROSS-INTER-MULTI-TRANS-“ disciplinarit(ies) of English Studies
5th ASSE conference on British and American Studies
6-8 June 2019, Vlora, Albania
Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2019