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â€˜TENNYSONâ€™S FUTURESâ€™, 27-28 MARCH 2009, ENGLISH FACULTY, UNIVERSITY OF
For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see,
Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be.
I remember once in London the realization coming over me, of the whole of
its inhabitants lying horizontal a hundred years hence.
Tennyson was acutely aware of his place in time, and the future, with all
of the uncertainties and certainties that it holds, is one of the central
preoccupations of his poetry. The bicentenary of Tennysonâ€™s birth in 2009
provides an ideal opportunity to consider the poetâ€™s position both in
relation to his future and to ours. This two-day conference will explore
possible future directions in Tennyson studies and ask vital questions
about Tennysonâ€™s conception of and relationship to the future. How does
Tennyson imagine the various futures that he describes in his poetry? How
is his role as a poet affected by his need to look forward? How have
later writers and artists responded to Tennysonâ€™s work? And how might the
emergence of new critical trends affect assessments of Tennyson in the
Matthew Bevis, Matthew Campbell, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Eric
Griffiths, Samantha Matthews, Francis Oâ€™Gorman, Cornelia Pearsall, Seamus
Perry, Christopher Ricks,
W. David Shaw, Nicholas Shrimpton, Helen Small, Herbert F. Tucker.
Registration for the conference is now open. Please register by 27
February to take advantage of the currently reduced conference fee.
We are pleased to announce that we are offering two postgraduate
bursaries for conference reporters, funded by the British Association of
Victorian Studies (BAVS). Each bursary will be worth Â£50 and will cover
the cost of the conference registration fee. The holders of these
bursaries will each write a short report on the conference, one for the
BAVS newsletter and one for the Literature Compass website. If you wish
to apply for one of these bursaries, please write to us saying what
interests you about the conference and what makes you a suitable
reporter. Applicants should send a proposal of no more than 250 words to
tennysonsfutures_at_gmail.com by 30 January.
For further information about the bursaries, about registration, and
about the conference meal and accommodation at Brasenose College,
University of Oxford, please visit the conference website at
sites.google.com/site/tennysonsfutures or email tennysonsfutures_at_gmail.com
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