Neo-Historical Exoticism and Contemporary Fiction Symposium 14 June 2011 [UPDATE]
Keynote Speaker: Professor Dianne F. Sadoff (Rutgers University, New Jersey)
The current phenomenon of the neo-Victorian, neo-Edwardian, neo-Forties, and more recently, neo-Tudor novel, seems to confirm contemporary culture's persisting fascination with re-visiting and re-formulating certain key historical moments. This interdisciplinary one-day event intends to develop critical examination of the recent literary trend of the 'neo-historical' novel and to bring fresh perspectives to current debates on its cultural and theoretical underpinnings.
Discussion will concentrate especially on the 'exoticising' strategies employed by neo-historical fiction in its representation of one culture for consumption by another: What motivates this return to, and symbolic re-appropriation of, the past? What are the implications of using a discursive practice intent on seeking elsewhere (in this case, the past) a mode of expression for the present? With the possibility of geographical escape now exhausted in our global age, has the past become the latest refuge from (post)modernity?
Registration online at http://www.port.ac.uk/research/csl/literatureevents/symposium/