Lawrence Durrell's Legacy - Louisville Conference (Feb. 21-23, 2013)
The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900
Louisville, KY | 21-23 February 2013
As we continue our reflections on Lawrence Durrell inspired by his centenary in 2012, a number of questions remain. What is Lawrence Durrell's legacy? How have we read his body of work? How have we misread it? How has it shaped or been excluded from a sense of canon? Where do we recognize Durrell's influence, and how do we "place" Durrell's work in the contexts in which it makes the most sense?
One hundred and one years after Durrell's birth, it is fitting to look back over the ways readers have understood his writings. At the same time, we might fashion or refactor our understanding of contexts in which Durrell's writing might yet be fruitfully read or might even have been critically misrepresented. With the posthumous publication of his novel Judith in 2012, these considerations are especially salient.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Durrell's work and any of the following themes:
- Late Modernism
- British writers of World War II and the interwar period
- Postcolonial writers and writers from the British Empire
- Exiles and expatriates
- Writers who engage with critical theory
- Poets in Cairo
- Small presses
- Writers circles
- Subversive politics
- Novelists as artists
- The Bildungsroman
Please send a 250-word abstract to James Clawson, International Lawrence Durrell Society, (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sept. 10, 2012. Final papers should be limited to 20 minute presentations.