Iris Murdoch 05/30/2010/ 09/10-11/2010

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Kingston University is pleased to announce its fifth International Conference on Iris Murdoch, which will take place from 10-11 September, 2010. This Conference will explore the relationship between Iris Murdoch's work and the concept of marginality in its broadest terms. We are interested in how Murdoch's literature and/or philosophy engages with what it means to live on the margins in terms of issues such as – but not limited to – sexuality, gender, race, class, national identity and religion. We would also encourage papers that consider Murdoch's place in the English canon: how she has been conceived as a 'marginal' writer; how interest in her work has been renewed by changes in critical thinking, philosophy, and literary studies; how considering her work alongside that of other authors allows us to reappraise her contemporary significance and, finally, how she herself took the status as an outsider or critic in order to further her philosophical interests and/or define her literary position.
In addition, we welcome papers for panels on specific topics or aspects of individual novels, and on research and teaching interests.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway): 'Iris Murdoch, JM Coetzee and Responsibility'
Peter J. Conradi: 'Iris Murdoch and the Poetry of Transformation'
David Morgan: 'On his memoir, On Love and Rage'

Organizer: DR ANNE ROWE, Kingston University, Tel: +44 (0)208 417 9000,
Abstracts of up to 300 words to be sent by 30th May 2010 to: Dr Sara Upstone, Kingston University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Penrhyn Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT1 2 EE Tel+44(0) 208 417 9000 E-Mail: