CFP: [20th] Essay Collection on the Sitwells

full name / name of organization: 
Allan Pero
contact email: 

This CFP is for a proposed collection of essays on the works of the
Sitwells. In New Bearings in English Poetry, F.R. Leavis condemned the
Sitwells to "the history of publicity rather than of poetry." However,
the Sitwells, individually and as a trio, were not only significant
contributors to the fields of poetry, fiction, memoir, belles lettres,
art history, travel writing, and biography, they were also key players in
the popularization of Modernism and in the development of "celebrity"
and "scandal" in cultural production. This volume of essays will
contribute to a renewed interest in the Sitwells' work and their place in
the history of Modernism. The editors particularly welcome proposals that
historicize and theorize, in interdisciplinary ways, the impact the
Sitwells had in shaping the fraught discourses surrounding the evolution
of Modernism.

Suggested Paper Topics Include (but are not limited to):
Aristocratic modernisms: the Sitwells and class; the Sitwells'
performance of modernism; Edith Sitwell and feminism; Edith Sitwell and
transatlantic modernisms; Edith Sitwell and Mass Culture; Edith Sitwell
and Fashion

The Sitwells and . . .
the Victorians, little magazines (esp. Wheels), their contemporaries
(Bryher, Wyndham Lewis, Gertrude Stein, Aldous Huxley, Noel Coward, Pavel
Tchelitchew, Dylan Thomas, Cecil Beaton, etc.), the Arts (painting,
music, architecture, patronage), Celebrity Culture, the World Wars, the
Postcolonial, Modernist Self-Fashioning, Familial Politics, the Baroque,
Marketing Modernism, the Idea of "Englishness," Queer Politics,
Aestheticism, and After

2-page abstracts (500 words) due by August 15, 2009 to both editors:
Allan Pero ( and Gyllian Phillips (
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