An International Interdisciplinary Conference, 9-11 April 2013


“Efface the Traces!”

Modernism and Influence

Tuesday 9—Thursday 11 April 2013

Conference Programme

(please click on individual titles in order to read the abstracts; not all abstracts are available) (PDF version including the venues and chairs available here)

Tuesday 9 April

9:30 a.m. Registration

10 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

Keynote Speaker: Dr Matthew Bevis, University of Oxford, ‘Eliot among the Comedians’

11.15 a.m. Tea break

11:30 a.m. Session One

Panel A. “CLOV: What is there to keep me here? HAMM: The dialogue.” Beckett in Textual Conversation

Dominic Walker, University College London, “here I am back in the shit”: Picaresque and “picaresque” in Beckett’s Novel Series’

Holly Phillips, University of Otago, ‘Samuel Beckett and Scholasticism’

Thirthankar Chakraborty, University of Kent‘The Metempsychotic Birds: An Exploration of Samuel Beckett’s Allusions to the Upanishads’

Panel B. Making it New? Modernist Debts to Nineteenth-Century Culture

Kostas Boyiopoulos, Durham University, ‘”Ériger en Lois”? Residual Decadence in T. S. Eliot and Richard Aldington

Aneesh Barai, Queen Mary, University of London‘“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then”: Carroll’s Alice, the Modernist Child and Modernist Children’s Literature’

Matthew Creasy, University of Glasgow‘Inheriting the Disinherited: Eliot, Symons and Nerval’

1 p.m. Lunch

2 p.m. Session Two

Panel A. ‘dry, hard, classical’: Absorbing Philosophical Influence into Modernism

David Woods, University of Southampton‘Speculation and Sin: the Influence of Schopenhauer on T. E. Hulme’

Aakanksha Virkar-Yates, University of Sussex, ‘The Chemistry of Verse: Image and Emotion in Schopenhauer and T. S. Eliot’

Panel B. Hypocrite Lecteurs? Effacing the French Connection to Anglophone Modernism

Alice Cheylan, Université du Sud Toulon-Var‘Influence or Imitation: the Influence of French Poetry on Ezra Pound’s Work’

Roxana Preda, University of Edinburgh‘”All Alone with English and Myself” – Gertrude Stein and French Cubist Writing’

Helen Green, University of Northumbria‘Henri Bergson: Modernist Elitism and Middlebrow Culture’

3:30 p.m. Tea break

3.45 p.m. Session Three

Panel A. Virginia Woolf, Influence and Modernist Modes

Amy Mackintosh, University of Glasgow‘Second Impressions: The Impressionistic Influence and Consciousness in Virginia Woolf’

Agata Wozniak, Durham University‘”I was copying something I’d heard Mrs Woolf say …’ – Hommage, Mystery and Imaginative Space in Pat Barker’s Toby’s Room“‘

Panel B. Aspiring Towards the Condition of Music

Rebekah Lockyer, University of Birmingham, ‘Aesthetic Polyphony: Musical Influence and Anders-streben in Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu’

Maria Frendo, University of Malta‘The Prostituted “I” of the Artist – Self-Erasure or Self-Perpetuation? Treading on the Dreams of Prufrock, Pierrot, Petruchka and the Faune’

6.00 p.m. Dinner

Wednesday 10 April

9:30 a.m. Registration

10 a.m. Session One

Panel A. “the parlour-game of formal logic”: Dorothy Richardson’s Letters and the Anxiety of Influence

Becky Bowler, University of Sheffield, ‘Dorothy Richardson’s Letters to Critics: Sabotaging the Canonical Narrative of Modernist Influence’

Scott McCracken, Keele University, ‘Against “p.s. and u.”: Dorothy Richardson and the Refusal of Influence’

Jo Winning, Birkbeck, University of London, ‘Affect, Influence and Patronage: Dorothy Richardson, H.D. and Bryher as Case Study’

Panel B. The Protracted Pound Era: American Dialogues with Uncle Ez

Kat Peddie, University of Kent‘Robert Lowell after Pound: Personality in Post-Modernist American Poetry’

Guy Stevenson, Goldsmith’s College‘The Blast Cell: Poundian Morality in the Writings of Henry Miller and Norman Mailer’

Davide Castiglione, University of Nottingham‘Assessing Literary Influences: Ashbery between Pound and Stevens’

11.30 a.m. Tea break

11.45 a.m. Session Two

Panel A. “History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake”: Joyce and the Weight of Influence

John McGuigan, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, ‘Instead of a Play: Joyce’s Exiles and Nineteenth-Century Anarchism’

Sarah Davison, University of Nottingham‘Effacing the Traces in the “Oxen of the Sun” Episode of Ulysses

Panel B. Resisting and Re-writing Modernism

Tim Lawrence, University of York‘Otherwise than Modernism: Samuel Beckett’s Ignorance in Criticism and Fiction’

Natalia Palich, Jagiellonian University‘Effacing the Traces of Literary Genres in Jakub Deml’s Šlépěje (Footprints)’

Tamara Radak, The University of Vienna‘”see the old butte new”? (Post-)Modernist Influence and its Discontents in the Novels of Flann O’Brien’

1.15. p.m. Lunch

2.15 p.m. Session Three

Panel A. Playing Possum: Advertising and Evading Eliot’s Literary Influence

Michael Shallcross, Durham University‘”a large mouth shown to a dentist”: G.K. Chesterton, T.S. Eliot and Parody’

Mark Roberts, Goldsmith’s College‘Philip Larkin and the Guilty Influence’

Andrew Atherton, University of Kent‘A Poetics of Citation: David Jones’ In Parenthesis

Panel B. Modernist Afterlives

Adam Guy, University of Oxford‘”REASON OUT”: The Arts Council Novel, Market Realism and the 1960s Afterlife of Modernism’

Izabela Klag, Jagiellonian University‘Modernist Influences in Marshall McLuhan’s Counterblast

Yuexi Liu, Durham University, ‘Evelyn Waugh: Realist, Modernist or ultra-Modern?’

3.45 p.m. Tea break

4.00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Marina MacKay, Durham University, ‘The Mid-Century Making of “Modernism”’

7.00 p.m. Reception and Gala Dinner

Thursday 11 April

9:30 a.m. Registration

10.00 a.m. Session One

Panel A. The Many Modernisms: Influence across Cultures

Jyotirmoy Talukdar, University of Delhi‘Modernism beyond Susceptible Frontiers: the Assamese Treatment’

Christina Britzolakis, University of Warwick, ‘Afterlives of Modernist Urbanism in Contemporary South African Fiction’

Divya Mehta, University of Sussex‘Gendering the Aesthetic: Modernist Influence and the Divided Text in Fuentes’s The Death of Artemio Cruz

Panel B. Influence across Disciplines: Modernism and Art

Kevin Brazil, University of Oxford‘Modernism’s Art of Influence and the Influence of Art’

Martin Hammer, University of Kent ‘Influence/Appropriation: a Perspective from Art History’

11.30 a.m. Tea break

11.45 a.m. Session Two

Panel A. Modernism and the Body

Sabine Mercer, Durham University‘The Hidden Legacy of Modernism in Cognitive Neuroscience: Memory – our Storyteller in the Brain’

Robert Stagg, University of Oxford‘The Influence of Anxiety: Revising Influenza in W.H. Auden’s Poetry’

Elizabeth Micakovic, Exeter University‘“Where will the word resound?” T. S. Eliot and the Ownership of the Voice’

Panel B. Racial and Political Negotiations in Modernist Aesthetics

Amy Jordan, Durham University‘“Uncle Tom, Sweep Shut Yo Mouf”: Negotiating White Modernist Constructions of Race in John Berryman’s Dream Songs

Ben Hickman, University of Kent‘”Longing For Perfection”: History and Utopia in Louis Zukofsky’s Pound’

Benjamin Poore, Queen Mary, University of London‘Anti-Semitism after Modernism: Masud Khan, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot’

1.15. p.m. Lunch

2.15 p.m. Session Three

Panel A. Modernism and Intertextuality

Scarlett Baron, University College London, ‘Friedrich Nietzsche and the Birth of Intertextuality’

Rachael Stanley, University of Nottingham‘The Unspoken Influence of Naturalism on the Modernists; or, why we don’t read Joyce as the Irish Zola’

Katherine Ebury, University of Sheffield‘”Dear Mr. Yates”: Eliot, Yeats and Influence’

Panel B. Fear and Loathing in Bloomsbury: Friendship, Community and Anxiety

Bethany Layne, University of Leeds‘“Let them meet and they destroy each other”(?): Harold Nicolson, Sigrid Nunez, and Virginia Woolf’

Maaz Bin Bilal, Queens University, Belfast‘Dreams and Friends from The Garden God: E.M. Forster’s Maurice and Forrest Reid’

Anindya Raychaudhuri, University of St. Andrews‘”hypocritical handshakes”: Mulk Raj Anand, Bloomsbury and the Ambivalent Influence of Politeness’

3.45 p.m. Tea break

4 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Ankhi Mukherjee, University of Oxford, ‘Creole Modernism’

5.15 p.m. Closing remarks


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