CFP: [20th] Century's End: Re-Evaluating Literature, Art and Culture at the Fin de SiÃ¨cle (1880-1914)
Re-Evaluating Literature, Art and Culture at the Fin de SiÃ¨cle (1880-1914)
12 & 13 September 2008
A two-day interdisciplinary postgraduate conference hosted by the School
of English at Queenâ€™s University, Belfast.
Confirmed plenary speakers:
â€¢ Professor Kate Flint (Rutgers University, New Jersey).
Title: '"The hour of pink twilight": looking queerly at women on the fin-
de-siÃ¨cle London street'
â€¢ Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck College, University of
London). Title: tbc
The collisions between old and new, high and low that characterize the
Victorian fin de siÃ¨cle mark it as a volatile period fraught with both a
sense of anxiety and of real possibility. This was also an era of new
advances and formations: the New Woman, the New Journalism, the New
Imperialism, new technologies and the new sciences of psychology, sexology
This conference will bring together research students from a range of
disciplines exploring new developments in, and approaches to, the study of
the fin-de-siÃ¨cle literary, cultural and social landscape. This will be a
unique opportunity to engender a working relationship between emerging fin-
de-siÃ¨cle scholars from a variety of research institutions from across the
UK, Ireland and further afield.
Suggested topics might include, but are not limited to:
â€¢ Literary marketplaces
â€¢ The New Woman
â€¢ Periodical culture
â€¢ Illustration and visual media
â€¢ Genre fiction â€" including horror, crime fiction and sci-fi
â€¢ History of art
â€¢ Mass readerships
â€¢ Notions of high and low culture
â€¢ Childrenâ€™s literature
â€¢ Anxieties about the urban
â€¢ Degeneration and race
â€¢ Space and time
â€¢ Decadence and avant-garde culture
â€¢ Queer theory and emergent gay culture
â€¢ Literature and science
â€¢ Empire and nationality
We are delighted to be able to offer two international student bursaries.
Please see our website for further details:
Please send abstracts of 200-400 words for 20 minute papers plus brief
biographical details to Clare Clarke, Clare Gill, and Beth Rodgers at
centurysend_at_qub.ac.uk by 20th June 2008.
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