Reading Graham Swift (6-8 Nov. 2014, Lodz, Poland, abstracts due by 15 June)

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University of Lodz, Poland

Including contributions from David Malcolm and Daniel Lea, this conference offers a rare opportunity to reflect on Graham Swift's achievement by bringing together scholars interested in his work. Papers are invited on all aspects of the author's writing. They may concentrate on particular texts, discuss questions related to translation, international reception or cinematic adaptations of his work, or address recurrent, recognisably "Swiftian" thematic preoccupations and formal strategies. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

· history and storytelling

· memory and the past

· trauma and war

· morality and ethics

· nostalgia, loss, mourning and melancholia

· postmodernity and the contemporary

· genre and forms of representation

· childhood/parenthood/familial relations

· Englishness

· confessional mode

· imagery and symbolism

· intertextual echoes

· failures of communication, representation and meaning

Conference presentations should be 20 minutes long. Please submit an abstract of ca. 200 words, including the title of your presentation and a brief academic CV to The deadline for submissions is 15 June 2014 and the participants will be notified by 15 July 2014.