Haunted Studies: The Ghost Stories of M. R. James

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The Leeds Library
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Confirmed keynote speakers:

Ramsey Campbell
Jacqueline Simpson
Andrew Smith

The ghost stories of Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) are amongst the most influential in the English language. Never out of print, they have been adapted numerous times for stage, screen and other media and their formal and thematic features have come to embody the very model of the traditional English ghost story. Although widely read and tremendously influential, his stories have only recently begun to attract detailed academic attention.

Following the successful symposium, M.R. James and the Modern Ghost Story, held at the Leeds Library in March 2015, we are excited to announce a second one-day conference bringing together researchers with an interest in James's fiction, assessing the significance of James's ghost stories from a range of theoretical, literary and historical perspectives.

The organisers would welcome abstracts for twenty-minute papers on any aspect of James's tales on topics including, but certainly not limited to:

• James's and the 'antiquarian' ghost story
• James's position as a late-Victorian/Edwardian writer
• James and modernism
• Representations of gender, race, sexuality or social class in the tales
• Adaptations of James's fiction
• James's relationship to the ghost story genre
• James's relationship with other writers of supernatural fiction
• James and Englishness
• James's haunted landscapes
• The historical contexts of James's fiction
• James's literary style

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to MRJconference@gmail.com by 1st January 2016

Conference website: mrjconference.wordpress.com