‘The Auden Generation and After’: Conference at Sheffield Hallam University, June 17, 2016

 

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2016 marks 40 years since the publication of Samuel Hynes’s seminal account of the literature of the thirties: The Auden Generation: Literature and Politics in England in the 1930s. This one-day conference takes the 40th anniversary of its publication as occasion to consider the shifts which have taken place in our attitudes towards the decade’s writings and view of ‘the thirties’ as a literary-historical period. Among the questions the conference aims to explore are:

  • How far do existing accounts reflect the diversity of the period’s writing?
  • In what ways are the reputations of such major figures as Auden, MacNeice, Isherwood or Orwell enhanced or compromised by their continued associations with the period?
  • Why do other important twentieth-century figures (such as Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Graham Greene and Rebecca West, among others) remain under-represented within accounts of the period’s writing?
  • To what extent is 30s literature still marginalized within accounts of twentieth-century literary history?
  • How are 30s literatures positioned against the broader literary tradition?

Our keynote speakers are Professor Michael O’Neill (Durham University) and Professor Jan Montefiore (University of Kent).

The conference fee is £45.00 (£25.00 for students/unwaged delegates). For further information and registration details please contact Dr Neil Miles (n.miles@shu.ac.uk)