CFP: The Literature of War (Greece) (2/1/07; 5/20/07-5/25/07)

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James Gifford
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Corfu, Greece, 20-25 May 2007

The Durrell School of Corfu will host an international seminar on 'The
Literature of War' at its Library and Study Centre, 20-25 May 2007. We
invite submissions on aspects of literature and film relating to war. In
particular we hope to receive submissions on the work of Lawrence Durrell,
and it offers the following introduction to a writer whose work is mainly
set in the context of the second world war.

In addition to Lawrence Durrell's own writing, the Balkan and Levant
trilogies by Olivia Manning and Drifting Cities (Stratis Tsirkas) are set in
the same period, while much contemporary Greek fiction (available in
English) has themes from the 2nd world war and the civil war that followed

The seminar will not, however, concentrate only on Durrell's works, nor will
it concentrate solely on literature from that period. Submissions will be
welcome on all aspects of war (eg the 1st world war, Irish war of
independence or civil war) in all periods, including the work of war
correspondents (beginning with Thycidides).

Topics which may be addressed include (but do not exclude other topics):

· Ancient Greek literature on war
· the first world war
· the second world war
· the Spanish civil war
· Women novelists on war
· the American civil war
· the Greek civil war

Films and television series which are based on novels will also be eligible
for discussion, for example Catch-22, Fortunes of War (Olivia Manning's
Balkan and Levant trilogies), All Quiet on the Western Front, A Farewell to
Arms, The Red Badge of Courage, et cetera.

The Moderators for the seminar will be Eve Patten (Trinity College, Dublin)
and Robert Stone (author of Dog Soldiers [1974], Damascus Gate [1998] etc.).

We hope to draw on expertise in as many areas as possible in order to
elucidate the ways in which war is experienced, described and understood.

Proposals (2 pages maximum), together with the author's CV, should reach the
Durrell School by 1 February 2007 (

Presentations will be limited to 30 minutes each, with another 30 minutes
allocated for discussion by participants including resident faculty and the

Full texts of accepted presentations must be received by the DSC by 1 May
2007 in electronic form, to facilitate circulation to all participants in
advance. The papers should not be read at the seminar, but spoken to, since
they will have been read by participants before the seminar opens.

A selection of papers will be published as part of the DSC's Proceedings.

The registration fee for the seminar will be 300 euros for participants (to
include costs of field classes) and 350 euros for those who wish to take
part in the discussions but who do not wish to present papers.

The authors of accepted proposals will be asked to give the DSC an assurance
that they have secured adequate funding to enable them to take up the places
offered to them.

The DSC cannot be responsible for any costs associated with travel or
accommodation. Intending participants should consult the DSC website
( for details of accommodation available in

A limited number of scholarships is available: in the first instance,
contact the Administrative Director at:

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