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Conference: British Avant-Garde Writing of the 1960s, UEA, 27 January 2018

In Search of a New Fiction?  British Avant-Garde Writing of the 1960s

A Discursive Conference

University of East Anglia, Saturday 27th January 2018


This conference aims to participate in, contribute to, and mark the significance of growing scholarly interest in British avant-garde writing of the 1960s.  As part of this, the conference will launch a network for scholars working in the field.

The format of the conference will be discursive.  The scholarship under discussion comes from the forthcoming EUP collection British Avant-Garde Fiction of the 1960s (Eds. Kaye Mitchell, Manchester and Nonia Williams, UEA).  This collection of original essays sets out to rectify a lacuna in twentieth-century literary criticism/history by offering detailed analyses of several 1960s avant-garde British writers.  Materials will be circulated beforehand, and discussion will be led and facilitated by respondents.  

Please email Nonia Williams on by Monday January 15th 2018 if you would like to attend.  A full programme and materials will follow.  The conference is free to attend and light refreshments will be provided, so do let me know of any dietary requirements.  There will also be a conference dinner that evening, please let me know if you’d like to come.



11am               Registration and arrival, Tea and Coffee

11.20am Welcome:  Nonia Williams (UEA) and Kaye Mitchell (Manchester)

11.30am        Panel 1:  Respondent, Julia Jordan (UCL)

Materials on Christine Brooke-Rose (Stephanie Jones, Aberystwyth), B.S. Johnson (Joseph Darlington, Futureworks Media School), Rayner Heppenstall (Philip Tew, Brunel), and Muriel Spark (Marina McKay).

1pm                Lunch

1.45pm          Panel 2:  Respondent, Glyn White (Salford)

Materials on Alexander Trocchi (Christopher Webb, UCL), Eva Figes (Chris Clarke, Southampton), Anna Kavan (Hannah Van Hove, Glasgow) and Robert Nye (Tamás Bényei, Debrecen), and and Brigid Brophy (Len Gutkin, Harvard).

3.15pm           Tea and Coffee

3.30pm          Panel 3:  Respondent, TBC

Materials on Maureen Duffy (Eveline Kilian, HU Berlin), Alan Burns (Kieran Devaney, Independent Scholar), Ann Quin (Jennifer Hodgson, Independent Scholar) and Giles Gordon (David Hucklesby, De Montfort).

5pm      Plenary:  Launch of British Avant-Garde Fiction Network

5.30pm           Wine and Snacks

7pm             Conference Dinner                  (Please say if you would like to attend)