Representing Animals in British Modernism (MSA 16: 6-9 November 2014)

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William Hogan / Providence College
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Every culture has its conception of animals: as pets, as workers, as subjects for ethical consideration (or not), as national symbols, as objects of scientific study, as embodiments of the complex relationship between humans and 'nature.' This panel invites papers discussing the representation of animals in British modernism. From the humble daytime moth that occasions Virginia Woolf's essay "The Death of the Moth," to the terrifying animal totems that populate DH Lawrence's fiction, modernist animals bring into focus a range of vital concerns in twentieth century British culture. Among the questions and issues papers might consider are: the representation of animal 'subjectivity' in British modernism; Englishness and British national identity expressed symbolic representation of animals; ethical relationships between human and animal in modernist literature; the encroachment of urban and industrial development on animal habitats; rereadings of British modernism in light of animal studies or ecocriticism; reflections on modernist aesthetics or ethics as developed in the literary representation of animals.

Please submit a 250 word abstract and brief (1-2 sentences) professional bio to William Hogan, Associate Professor of English, Providence College (

Deadline: April 30, 2014