Hardy at Yale II – Graduate Student Panel: Hardy and Liberty

full name / name of organization: 
The Thomas Hardy Association

9-12 June 2011, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Sponsored by the Thomas Hardy Association and the Yale Center for British Art

"...in making beginnings, a chance limitation of direction is often better than absolute freedom."
A Pair of Blue Eyes

The international graduate student panel at HAY II seeks to address the question of liberty in all areas of Hardy's writing. Liberty can include sexual, political, intellectual, and literary freedom. We welcome proposals from graduate students for 20 minute papers on topics such as:
• censorship
• revision of marriage laws
• rights to education
• freedom of movement/rights to roam or emigrate
• freedom or subjection of animals
• financial freedom or constraint
• social recluses and outcasts
• the encroachment of the state upon traditional rural liberties

Abstracts should be 300-500 words in length and delivered by email to the panel organisers Will Abberley and Demelza Hookway at hardyatyalepostgrad@hotmail.co.uk. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2010. Any queries can also be sent to this email address.