CFP: [Travel] Bruce Chatwin: His Work and Life

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Jonathan Chatwin
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j.chatwin@ex.ac.uk

Bruce Chatwin: His Work and Life

19th July 2008
A one day conference hosted by the Institute of English Studies

Bruce Chatwin's rise to prominence as one of Britain's most significant post-war writers was
prematurely curtailed by his death in 1989. Chatwin established his reputation in 1977 with the
startlingly original In Patagonia, and over the course of his career produced five major works that
showcased the breadth and range of his talent; from the exotic biography-fiction of The Viceroy
of
Ouidah to the expansive theorising of The Songlines. In the intervening years since his death,
much critical work has been produced examining both Chatwin's work and life, and it is the aim
of this conference to offer a forum for the collective discussion of the continuing influence and
importance of Chatwin's work; the first such within the United Kingdom. The format of the
conference will include plenary sessions from leading writers and scholars, as well as a chaired
question and answer session with Bruce Chatwin's wife, Elizabeth. A proportion of the day will
also be given over to the presentation of twenty-minute papers fulfilling the remit of this call.

The Institute of English Studies invites colleagues to submit proposals for papers of twenty
minutes
on any topic relating to the work of Bruce Chatwin. These might include discussion of the
following
in relation to Chatwin's work:

Nomadism
Art Collecting
The Novel
Travel Writing
The Exotic
The Postcolonial
Wanderlust
Genre
Intertexuality
Geography

Abstracts of no more than 300 words are to be submitted electronically to Jonathan Chatwin
j.chatwin_at_ex.ac.uk by 1 March 2008.

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