[Msa-discuss] CFP: The First International Djuna Barnes Conference (21-22 Sept. 2012)

Claire Conilleau claireconilleau at gmail.com
Mon Jan 23 11:38:28 EST 2012


 Conference Call For Papers

*The First International **Djuna Barnes Conference*

21-22 September 2012

An International Conference hosted by The Institute of English Studies,
School of Advanced Study, in association with Birkbeck College, University
of London.

*Guest Speakers:*

Daniela Caselli (University of Manchester)

Melissa Jane Hardie (University of Sydney)

Scott Herring (University of Indiana)

Teresa de Lauretis (University College Santa Cruz, CA)

The work of author, poet, playwright, journalist, visual artist and
sometimes reluctant modernist Djuna Barnes (1892 – 1982) has continued to
beguile, excite and inspire readers and has, over the years, produced its
own voluminous and varied critical history. While Barnes has often been
treated as a somewhat peripheral figure in relation to modernism, recent
studies, graduate research activity, and research focused on questions of
literary history and modernism continues to reveal a deepening body of
research that increasingly values Barnes’s importance as a central modern

The First International Djuna Barnes Conference presents itself as a timely
opportunity to reflect upon this complex critical history history and
consider the shape and scope of Barnes scholarship and twentieth century
literary studies today. International and interdisciplinary in focus, this
conference hopes to reflect the diversity of Barnes’s own art practice,
cohering a diverse and dispersed research community of scholars and
postgraduate students interested in Barnes either directly, tangentially,
or in relation to other frames of cultural-historical studies which might
open up further possibilities for investigation and discussion.

We warmly invite papers on any aspect of the work of Djuna Barnes. Topics
could include, but are by no means restricted to the following:

*Barnes’s Canon:*

    - anachronism
      - propriety
      - canonicity
      - legibility
      - narrative
      - genre

*Barnes’s Form:*

    - poetics of form
      - modes of reading
      - staging Barnes
      - aesthetic approaches
      - a ‘Barnesean’ style?

*Teaching and Reading Barnes:*

    - close analyses
      - pedagogical issues
      - Barnes and the syllabus
      - difficulty

*Barnes and Others:*

    - Beckett
      - Stein
      - Woolf
      - Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
      - Emily Holmes Coleman
      - Mina Loy
      - Eliot
      - Joyce
      - little magazines and journals
      - publishers

*Barnes in Context:*

    - biography
      - trauma
      - history
      - gender
      - identity
      - race
      - sexuality
      - animality
      - alterity
      - feminist and queer poetics

*Barnes and Modernity: *

    - modernism
      - late modernism
      - questions of canon formation and canonicity
      - critical histories
      - methodological and theoretical approaches
      - new directions in research

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words in length for 15–20 minute
papers (or 500 word proposals for panels of 3 papers). Please also include:
affiliation and position, details if applicable of graduate work, and
research interests to djunabarnes2012 at gmail.com *by 30th March 2012*.
Decisions will be announced by June 2012.

As this CFP is being circulated early, you may not wish to submit a
proposal just yet, but please do email to be added to our mailing list for
news and announcements, website and social media links to follow. We
welcome all correspondence and input.

Please circulate to colleagues you know might be interested.

Main Organisers: Caroline Knighton & Cathryn Setz (University of London,
Birkbeck College).

Organising Committee: Claire Conilleau (Université Paris III – Sorbonne
Nouvelle), Alex Goody (Oxford Brookes), Elizabeth Pender (University of
Cambridge), and Joanne Winning (Birkbeck College).
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