'I think my personages could be reactivated if the times were right: I hope so' --Anita Brookner
17-18 March, 2017
Keynote speakers: Associate Professor Patricia Juliana Smith (Hofstra University) and Professor Peter McPhee (University of Melbourne)
The work of Anita Brookner occupies an ambiguous place in the literary field. Brookner has a cult status, was a Booker-Prize winner and best-selling novelist, and yet her work received what she herself deemed 'censorious' reviews and limited critical attention. Brookner's death was accompanied by conflicted accolades that appeared to celebrate her life while restating the predictable (and vexatious) reading of her identity as a lonely, single woman.