CFP: [20th] Julian Barnes and the European Tradition

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Sebastian Groes
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Liverpool Hope University, UK

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June, 2008


Julian Barnes in conversation and reading from his work.

Invited speakers include:

Vanessa Guignery (Sorbonne)
John Mullan (UCL, The Guardian)
Peter Childs (Gloucestershire)
Dominic Head (Nottingham)
Merritt Moseley (North Carolina)
Amanda Hopkinson (BCLT, UEA)

Julian Barnes is one of the most refined writers and distinguished
intellectuals of his generation. Although primarily a novelist and
essayist, the ‘chameleon of British letters’ has also written short
stories, television scripts and a screenplay. While postmodern in its
resistance to categorisation and humanist in his commitment to ‘what is
constant in the human heart and passions’, Barnes’s work also explores,
unlike any other writer of his generation, the dislocated meanings of
Englishness and Europe in the contemporary period.

This conference stages a unique opportunity to reflect on the significance
of the author’s accomplishments, bringing together the foremost Barnes
scholars, critics working on modern and contemporary fiction, his
translators - and Julian Barnes himself. A tour of Liverpool, Cultural
Capital of Europe 2008, is part of the conference programme.

Short papers are invited on aspects of Barnes’s writing focusing on
specific texts/periods, or addressing his relation to Genre and Hybridity;
the Creative and the Critical; Intertextuality; European History, Trauma
and Memory; (European) Literary Traditions, Postmodernism and the
Contemporary; Morality and Ethics; Class and Englishness. Delegates are
particularly encouraged to submit proposals for papers on Barnes’s
relationship to European culture and history.

Send abstracts for papers of 250 words, together with a brief biographical
note, to Sebastian Groes at the (email) address below, before 15 April
2008. A limited number of postgraduate student bursaries are available.
Requests for early notification of acceptance for international delegates
are welcome. For further information and registration details, please

Sebastian Groes,
Julian Barnes Conference,
The Deanery of Arts and Humanities,
Liverpool Hope University
Hope Park
Liverpool L16 9JD Email:
United Kingdom Tel.: 00-44(0)151-291 3560

Conference organisers: Sebastian Groes (Liverpool Hope, UK) and Sean
Matthews (Nottingham, UK)

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