CFP: [20th] Winifred Holtby Symposium

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Gill Fildes
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This conference is based on invited presentations from scholars working
on Winifred Holtby and is open to the wider academic community.
Postgraduate students are welcome. The event is one of a series on early
twentieth-century women writers held at Anglia Ruskin University and
follows successful colloquia on Nancy Cunard in 2001, Storm Jameson in
2005 and Sylvia Townsend Warner in 2006. Winifred Holtby is remembered
for her posthumously published novel, South Riding (1936) and for her
friendship with Vera Brittain. She was a director of Time and Tide,
wrote the first critical study of Virginia Woolf (1932), and Women and a
Changing Civilisation (1934), as well as poetry, drama, short stories and
several novels set in Yorkshire, before her death in 1935 at the age of
thirty-seven. The aim of the colloquium is to make the scope and
importance of Holtby’s work more widely known. There will be an emphasis
on those aspects of her life about which little has been written. Topics
include her politics, interest in cinema and the media, ideas about
Africa and the significance of her discursive writings (particularly for
Time and Tide and her columns in The Radio Times). The relationship
between Holtby and Woolf will be analysed in the context of the modernist
and realist debates of the 1930s. The colloquium will take the form of
round table sequences of informal presentations and open discussions. The
organisers would be pleased to hear from others who have worked on Holtby
and wish to speak. The Convenors are Professor Mary Joannou, Anglia
Ruskin University (E-mail and Professor Marion
Shaw, Loughborough University (E-mail for more

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