Walter Pater's Poetics (Decadent Poetics)

full name / name of organization: 
University of Exeter, UK
contact email: 
k.hext@ex.ac.uk

Panel CFP: Walter Pater's Poetics
at
Decadent Poetics, a conference at the University of Exeter (1st-2nd July 2010)

I am seeking abstracts on Walter Pater's Poetics for a proposed panel at the Decadent Poetics conference at the University of Exeter next summer. The general conference CFP can be found here: http://www.essenglish.org/cfp/conf1103.html
The confirmed keynote speakers are Stephen Arata (Virginia), Joseph Bristow (UCLA), Regenia Gagnier (Exeter), Catherine Maxwell (Queen Mary, London).

This panel aims to draw out the ambivalent dynamic between Pater and 'Decadence'. It is with this and the conference's larger concerns in mind that proposals could consider:
* How Pater's poetics influenced Decadence
* Pater's resistance to and relationship with Decadent forms
* Pater's mode of composition
* The roots of Pater's style
* The symbolic significance of Pater in Decadent culture
* The relationship between form and thought

Of course, there are many more issues and approaches, and I'm very open to suggestions.

Abstracts of 300-500 words can be submitted to me, Dr. Kate Hext, along with a 1-page CV, at k.hext@ex.ac.uk and/or kjhext@gmail.com by Friday 15th OCTOBER.
Questions and expressions of interest also welcome!

cfp categories: 
international_conferences
rhetoric_and_composition
victorian