Women Modernists and Spirituality – University of Stirling, 22-23 May 2014
Recent criticism in modernist studies indicates a growing interest in the relationship between spirituality (broadly understood to include religious structures and practices as well as less traditional engagements with the sacred) and modernist discourse. This symposium aims to bring modernism and spirituality together with research on women modernists, many of whom still call for greater critical attention. It will focus on women modernists and foreground gender in analysis of modernism and spirituality in order to highlight and problematise issues including the relationships between spirituality and embodiment, authority, domesticity, the public sphere and creative practice. From Edith Sitwell's incarnational poetics to Mary Butts's pagan landscapes; from Elizabeth Smart's engagement with the King James Bible to Dorothy Richardson's interest in Quakerism, the symposium seeks to address spirituality in all its guises in the work of modernist women. Papers are not limited to literary criticism; the symposium invites papers that consider a range of modernist fields, including art, film, music, philosophy, etc.
Papers are not limited to literary criticism; the symposium invites papers that consider a range of modernist fields, including art, film, music, philosophy, etc.
Abstracts of 250-350 words are invited for twenty minute papers on any aspect of the symposium's theme. Papers may consider (but are not limited to) the following:
spirituality and embodiment
spirituality and feminism
spirituality and form
spirituality and the everyday
spirituality and material culture
religion, gender and authority
modernism and the occult
the feminine divine
religious conflict or dissent
spirituality and domesticity and/or the public sphere
modernism and sacred texts
engagement with institutional religion
transnational modernism and spirituality
modernism and pilgrimage
spirituality and creativity
religious communities and networks
minority (religious, racial, etc.) voices
Please send abstracts to Elizabeth Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 3 March 2014.
The Symposium is held in association with the Scottish Network for Modernist Studies (SNoMS); the Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies, University of Stirling; and the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling.