B.S. Johnson and the Possibilities of the Avant-Garde

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University of Sussex (Centre for Modernist Studies)
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B.S. Johnson and the Possibilities of the Avant-Garde

A one-day conference at the University of Sussex, Saturday 5th May 2012

In association with the B.S. Johnson Society

B.S. Johnson has been described as the 'one-man avant-garde of the 1960s'. This conference seeks to locate Johnson as part of the wider avant-garde – British, Irish and continental – and to ask what other genealogies are at play, for instance the persistence of modernism in his work. We ask for papers that consider the full range of his work – filmic, poetic, dramatic, and journalistic, as well as literary – in a variety of contexts, including historical, philosophical, and theoretical, to build on the recent surge in critical and scholarly interest in Johnson. Please send 300 word abstracts to JordanJE@Cardiff.ac.uk by March 1st 2012. If you wish to attend, but not submit, please register your interest with m.h.ryle@sussex.ac.uk.

Conference fee: £25; £15 for B.S. Johnson Society members; £10 for students and the unwaged. The conference fee will include coffee and lunch.

Conference sponsored and supported by the Centre for Modernist Studies, University of Sussex, and co-organised by Julia Jordan (Cardiff) and Martin Ryle (Sussex)