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‘On or about December 1910 human character changed’ Centenary reflections and contemporary debates: modernism and beyond
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Dr Bryony Randall, University of Glasgow
‘On or about December 1910 human character changed’
'[I]t would be impossible to live for a year without disaster unless one practiced character-reading and had some skill in the art. Our marriages, our friendships depend on it; our business largely depends on it; every day questions arise which can only be solved by its help. And now I will hazard a second assertion, which is more disputable perhaps, to the effect that on or about December, 1910, human character changed.
This inaugural conference of the British Association of Modernist Studies and Scottish Network of Modernist Studies is based around Virginia Woolf’s famous and controversial statement in an essay of 1923, often taken as indicating a possible starting-point for modernity, that ‘on or about December 1910, human character changed.’
We invite scholars and practitioners from all disciplines to respond to any aspect of this statement. Relevant disciplines might include but are not restricted to literature, history of art, cultural history and the history of ideas. We do not want to limit participation to those who regard themselves as modernist scholars, and are keen to include the kind of oppositional and interrogative stances that the quotation implicitly encourages.
Confirmed plenary speakers:
Topics might include but are not restricted to:
- Post-Impressionist show; Dreadnought hoax;
We have already received panel proposals in the following areas and would also welcome expressions of interest in these areas:
• Scotland 1910
Proposals for panels, papers, round-tables, seminars, or other expressions of interest, should be sent to conference organizers Bryony Randall and Matthew Creasy via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st May 2010.