CFP: Durrell and the Archive: The Modernist Milieu (1/20/06; 6/25/06-6/29/06)

full name / name of organization: 
James Gifford
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On Miracle Ground XIV
Durrell and the Archive: The Modernist Milieu

June 25-29, 2006


>From the 1930s to the 1990s, Lawrence Durrell bridged many literary
movements, having ties to Europe, Greece, India, and Egypt, as well as
interacting with authors as diverse as T. S. Eliot, George Seferis, Henry
Miller, Elizabeth Smart, and Dylan Thomas. Durrell's works prompt responses
engaged with not only the texts themselves but also the conflicting literary
and aesthetic tensions of the past century. Of particular interest are
Anglo-American Modernisms, Surrealism, Greek Modernism, WWII Poetry, Indian
Anglophone Literature, Imperialism, and Travel Narratives.

We invite proposals for papers or panels (in English or French) that broadly
consider Durrell's works or the circles in which he moved. The conference
also highlights the excellent collection of manuscript, print, and
correspondence materials held at the University of Victoria. Papers that
address modernist archives are particularly welcome, as are panels that
thematically or historically relate Durrell to his milieu.


The conference will be held in the capital city of British Columbia, a port
city with a long literary history and active arts community. Victoria is
home to many art galleries, quiet tea shops, a busy harbour area ringed with
Victorian buildings, and a vibrant range of ecological diversity inside and
outside the city. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria is accessible by
ferry (from Vancouver via Tsawwassen, Port Angeles, or Seattle) or by air.
Coaches are available from the Vancouver International Airport to downtown
Victoria via the ferry system.

For researchers, the McPherson Library houses an excellent Special
Collections with strong Modernist holdings -- Robert Graves, T. S. Eliot,
Henry Miller, Herbert Reed, Ezra Pound, Durrell, and others are particularly
well represented. Likewise, further holdings are nearby in Vancouver.


Please address all inquiries to the conference organizer, James Gifford.
Send all proposals (approximately 250 words) by mail or email (email
preferred) no later than January 20th, 2006:

James Gifford
Department of English & Film Studies
3-5 Humanities Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2E5, Canada


The registration fee is $120 US/$145 CDN before 15 April 2006 ($140/$170
thereafter). For students, the fee is $60 US/$75 CDN before 15 April 2006
($80/$95 thereafter). Please send all fees to:

Paul Lorenz
International Lawrence Durrell Society
3201 S. Beech Street
Apt. #40
Pine Bluff, AR 71603


James Gifford
Paul Lorenz
Candace Fertile
Chris Petter
Stephen Ross
Lynne Van Luven
Lindsay Parker


The International Lawrence Durrell Society
The University of Victoria
Department of English, University of Victoria
Department of Writing, University of Victoria
Special Collections, University of Victoria
Allan Antliff, Canada Research Chair, Art History
Department of English, University of Alberta

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