D. H. Lawrence: Colonial, Modernist and Postcolonial Perspectives

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D. H. Lawrence Society of North America
contact email: 
jnewmark@nmt.edu

Call for Papers:
D. H. Lawrence: Colonial, Modernist and Postcolonial Perspectives
Wed., June 29 –Sunday, July 3, 2011
Sydney, Australia

The D. H. Lawrence Society of North America invites you to attend the 12th international conference in Sydney, Australia, June 29-July 3, 2011. Our goal is to bring together scholars interested in all aspects of D. H. Lawrence’s writing with those interested in its reception by modernist, post-modernist, and postcolonial writers. When Lawrence arrived in Sydney in 1922, two decades after Federation, Australia was consciously redefining its relation to its colonial past and imagining new nationalist futures, as Lawrence recognized in Kangaroo.

Conference organizers invite established and emerging scholars interested in all genres of Lawrence’s writing, biography, or experience of Australia to join with specialists concerned with his reception by Australian modernists or his influence on more recent post-colonial writers, composers, and artists in Australia and around the world. The program will include panels exploring Lawrence’s literary responses to music and as well as his influence on composers, musicians, painters, filmmakers, and other artists in Australia and elsewhere. Conference organizers will accept individual papers that address other aspects of Lawrence’s writing, but they invite panels and papers on the following topics:

• Lawrence and modernist or postcolonial writing from around the world, including Lawrence’s response to modernism; responses to his work by post-modernist and post-colonial writers in the past or present;

• Lawrence and Australian Modernists, including Patrick White, Christina Stead, Eleanor Dark, and others;

• Lawrence and Australian women writers; including Katharine Susannah Prichard, Miles Franklin, Henry Handel Richardson, Christina Stead, Eleanor Dark, Jean Devanny, Judith Wright, Elizabeth Jolley, and others;

• Lawrence and indigenous Australians;

• Lawrence and music: including music in Lawrence’s novels and poetry; musical works inspired by Lawrence’s poetry, prose, or art;

• Lawrence and the visual arts: including Lawrence and aesthetics; Lawrence’s paintings; art works inspired by Lawrence, including work by Norman Lindsay and others;

• Lawrence and film: including film adaptations of Kangaroo, The Boy in the Bush, Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, Women in Love, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Rocking Horse Winner;

• Lawrence and twentieth-century thought, including psychoanalysis, modernist aesthetics, existentialism, fascism, nationalism, race, etc.;

• Lawrence’s literary reception in Australia and around the world, including censorship of his works;

• Lawrence on the environment: including responses to industrialism; his representations of rural life; his critique of rural development;

• Lawrence on sex/gender: including representations of male and female gender identities, sexuality, and/or queer identity; representations of sexuality and national identity; sexuality and transformation; sexuality and race;

• Lawrence and feminism: including modernist, post-modernist, and contemporary responses, including Katherine Mansfield, H. D., Anäis Nin, Rebecca West, Kate Millett, and others;

• Lawrence’s poetry; including influences on contemporary poetry.

Keynote addresses, plenary sessions, concurrent panels, and films will be offered at the Mitchell Library, Macquarie Street, in the heart of Sydney. A welcome reception and the awards dinner will be held at the Menzies Hotel, 14 Carrington Street, a short walk from the Mitchell Library. The Menzies Hotel will offer conference participants excellent discounted rates for accommodation. Conference participants are responsible for making their own room bookings directly with the hotel. Details about keynote speakers, related events, and the excursions to Manly, Taronga Zoo, and to Thirroul will be announced soon. For further information, conference registration, hotel accommodations, and membership in the DHLSNA, please visit our website: http://dhlsna.com. Conference information will also be posted on the DHLSNA page on Facebook.

Please send abstracts of 250 words for papers or proposals for panels of three presenters in electronic files (in PDF or Word 2003) along with full contact details to the Conference Director, Dr. Nancy L. Paxton: nlpaxton60@gmail.com by December 1, 2010.

The program committee includes representatives from the D. H. Lawrence Society of North America, the D. H. Lawrence Society of Australia, the D. H. Lawrence Society of Japan, the director of the D. H. Lawrence Research Center at the University of Nottingham, as well as eminent Lawrence scholars from around the world. The committee will review abstracts and notify participants about papers and panels accepted for presentation by Feb. 1, 2011.

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
interdisciplinary
international_conferences
twentieth_century_and_beyond