Pierre Coustillas and George Gissing

deadline for submissions: 
January 25, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Tom Ue / Department of English, Dalhousie University
contact email: 

In celebration of the life and works of the eminent scholar Pierre Coustillas (1930-2018), we invite contributions for proposed panel(s) on Coustillas, George Gissing, and their writing to the Annual Literary London Society Conference. This meeting will be held on 11-12 July 2019 at the Institute of English Studies in the University of London. Coustillas has had a profound influence on Gissing and nineteenth-century studies. From 1969 to April 2013, he edited The Gissing Newsletter and subsequently The Gissing Journal, the organ for Gissing studies. In 1997, Paul F. Mattheisen, Arthur C. Young, and Coustillas completed their landmark project: The Collected Letters of George Gissing. This edition reveals the numerous literary and cultural networks in which Gissing was involved and it has earned the Modern Language Association’s Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters. Authoritative works such as George Gissing: A Definitive Bibliography (2005) and The Heroic Life of George Gissing (2011-2012) demonstrate the value of single-author studies and they deepen scholarship on intellectual, transnational history. For the panel(s), we invite papers on any work by Coustillas and Gissing but they must speak to the conference’s focus: “‘Neighbours of Ours’: Cities, Communities, Networks.” Papers might address:


n  Coteries

n  Marriages

n  Domesticity

n  Debtors and creditors

n  Literary communities

n  Gentrification

n  Urbanity

n  Rural

n  Transport

n  Digital spaces

n  Flâneurs

n  Empire

n  Pen pals

n  Parties

n  Recluses

n  Tradition and revolution

n  Bohemians


Please submit your queries and abstract of up to 250 words and a brief biography of no more than 50 words to Dr Tom Ue (Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University, and Honorary Research Associate, University College London) at ue_tom@hotmail.com by 25 January. Notice will be given by 26 January and the panel will be submitted for consideration on 1 February in accordance to the CFP (see http://www.literarylondon.org/annual-conference).

Tom Ue is Assistant Professor of English at Dalhousie University and an Honorary Research Associate at University College London. He is the author of Gissing, Shakespeare, and the Life of Writing (Edinburgh University Press) and George Gissing (Northcote House Publishers / British Council) and the editor of George Gissing, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft (Edinburgh University Press). Ue has held a Frederick Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto Scarborough.