“Paper Kaleidoscopes”: The Cycles of Modernism

deadline for submissions: 
September 9, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
The International Lawrence Durrell Society
contact email: 

The International Lawrence Durrell Society requests proposals for 20-minute presentations on fictional, dramatic, or poetic cycles from the modernist era. Such cycles may include explicit trilogies (tetralogies, etc.) or works connected in more implicit ways. Potential subjects include:



  • Fictional cycles such as Durrell’s The Alexandria Quartet, Manning’s The Fortunes of War, Miller’s The Rosy Crucifixion, Richardson’s Pilgrimage, Dos Passos’s USA, Lawrence’s “Brangwen” novels, and Ford’s Parade’s End
  • Dramatic cycles such as Stein’s Historic Drama trilogy, O’Neill’s Tale of Possessors, Self-Dispossessed, and Yeats’ Cuchulain cycle.
  • Poetic cycles/epics such as Ezra Pound’s Cantos, Bunting’s Briggflatts, Crane’s The Bridge, Loy’s Love Songs, HD’s Trilogy, Rukeyser’s The Book of the Dead, and Hugh MacDiarmid’s A Drink Man Looks at the Thistle.
  • Narratological and psychological space in multi-volume works
  • Definitions of the cycle
  • Consistency and the multi-volume narrative
  • Plot, style, and editing: loose, baggy monsters or taut epics?
  • Secondary characters and narrative doubling: hidden in plain sight
  • Reevaluations: depictions of the Other


Deadline for submission of proposal is 9 September 2019.

Please plan for a presentation of no more than twenty minutes. Submit proposal by email to jdecker@icc.edu

 Include two attachments in pdf, rtf or doc format:

  1. The first attachment should consist of a 300-word abstract (double-spaced and titled), omitting all references to the submitter.
  2. The second attachment should contain a cover page that includes the following information:
  • Name as it will appear in the program
  • Address (preferably home address)
  • E-mail address (necessary to confirm your acceptance)
  • Academic affiliation, if applicable
  • Title of paper/work (as it will appear in the program)
  • National origin/genre of work(s) discussed (please be specific)
  • Personal biographical note (100-150 words)

The 48th annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture after 1900 will be held at the University of Louisville, February 20-22, 2020.

Please see the conference’s official website for additional information.