Lucy Cavendish College will host a conference on 13 September 2015 to explore and re-evaluate the writing of Elizabeth von Arnim (1866-1941).
Papers are invited on all aspects of von Armin’s life and work. Suggested topics include:
- Contexts: understanding von Arnim’s writing in the context of the fin de siècle, the New Woman, middlebrow, modernism, World War 1 and 2, and women’s writing.
- Literary relationships with other writers such as E. M. Forster, Hugh Walpole, Katherine Mansfield, H. G. Wells and Frank Swinnerton.
- Intertexts: tracing the influences of writers such as the Brontes and Jane Austen.
- Forms: gardening, diary and epistolary novels; music; adaptation for film, theatre.
- International perspective: the importance of Switzerland, France, Germany and the USA in her writing and career.
Von Arnim’s complex, intelligent and witty novels were critically acclaimed and immensely popular during her lifetime. However, until recently they have received little academic attention. This conference aims to shed fresh light on the contemporary contexts of von Arnim’s work and the literary hierarchies and values that have shaped her reputation.
Call for papers
Proposals of 400 words for 20-minute papers should be sent using the form at: http://www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk/news-blog/latest-news/call-for-papers-re-evaluating-elizabeth-von-arnim.
The deadline for submisssion 20 February 2015.
Conference organisers: Erica Brown (Sheffield Hallam University), Dr Isobel Maddison (Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University) and Jennifer Walker (Independent Scholar).