S37: Just “making it new”? Modernist Fiction Writers Reaching Back to their Predecessors
Modernist writers have been notoriously known as “making it new”, cutting ties with the previous generations, as famously declared by Virginia Woolf, denigrating their predecessors as materialist Edwardians. More recent research, however, argues that in spite of their manifestos, modernist writers actively engaged in a dialogue with their predecessors from all ages, taking inspiration and even narrative models from their texts, thus deconstructing the sharp dividing line created by the modernists themselves. The seminar invites presentations that pertain to this area of research so that we can have a more complex view of how modernism is positioned in literary history. Papers addressing the issue of how female modernits got engaged in a dialogue with the past are particularly welcome.
The thematic seminar will comprise a part of the 2020 conference of the European Society for the Study of English, 31 august to 4 September 202 in Lyon, France.
Janka Kascakova and Nóra Séllei
Scholars wishing to present their papers at the ESSE 2020 Conference are invited to submit abstracts of 200/250 words directly to the convenors of the targeted seminars by 15 January 2020. For further details see the conference website.