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New Work in Modernist Studies: programme and registration (Online, 10 December 2021)

About the conference
The eleventh one-day graduate conference on New Work in Modernist Studies will take place online on Friday 10 December 2021, in conjunction with the Modernist Network Cymru (MONC), the London Modernism Seminar, the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, the Northern Modernism Seminar, the Midlands Modernist Network and the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).

BAMS is dedicated to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion (please see our Code of Conduct).


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9.30-9.40 Introduction

Professor Claire Warden (BAMS Chair, Loughborough University)

Session 1: Panels 1 & 2

9.45-11.00 – Panel 1

Embodied Modernism

Jonathan McAllister (University of Cambridge), ‘Articulating Movement on the Beckettian Stage’

Julia Heinemann (Leipzig University), ‘ “Where each extrudes beyond the tangible”: Mind and Matter in the Revisionary Metaphysics of Mina Loy’

Annie Williams (Trinity College Dublin), ‘Liquid Modernism: Water, Bodies, Joyce’

Luca Pinelli (University of Bergamo & Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), ‘Intercorporeal Subjectivities between Virginia Woolf’s Essays and Simone de Beauvoir’s Early Philosophy (1927-1949)’

9.45-11.00 – Panel 2

Post-45 Modernisms

Niccolò Amelii (‘G. d’Annunzio’ University of Chieti-Pescara), ‘Modernism and Neomodernism in Italy: interpretative attempts of a suffused legacy’

Isavella Vouza (University of Oxford), ‘Re-Familiarising Defamiliarisation’

Ankit Raj (Government College Gharaunda, Karnal), ‘The Devil with Many Faces: Reading Deviants as Tricksters in Kurt Vonnegut’s Fiction’

Dorka Tamás (University of Exeter), ‘Supernatural Transformations in Sylvia Plath’s Poetry’

11.00 – 11.15:  Coffee Break

Session 2: Panel 3 only

11.15 – 12.30 – Panel 3

Health, Hygiene and Organic Modernism

Dominic Berry (University of Sheffield), ‘The Circadian Rhythm in D. H. Lawrence’s Twilight in Italy

Nicola Dimitriou (University of Sheffield), ‘Distance and Proximity to Nature in D. H. Lawrence’s Twilight in Italy (1916): Psychogeography and the Sick Flâneur’

Rory Hutchings (University of Kent), ‘‘Vermin, not animals’: hygiene, modernism, and the verminous’

Domonique Davies (University of Reading), ‘Ecologies of Sound in Wallace Stevens’s “The Idea of Order at Key West”

12.30 – 1.30:   LUNCH

Session 3: Panels 4 & 5

1.30 – 2.45 – Panel 4

Perception, Subjectivity and Art Objects

Bryony Armstrong (Durham University), ‘Phenomenological Encounters in Rosamond Lehmann’s Dusty Answer

Manon Hakem-Lemaire (City University of New York), ‘The Traveller’s Mirror: Indigenous Tribes and the Modernizing West in D.H. Lawrence’s Mornings in Mexico (1927)’

Anne Grasselli (University of Edinburgh), ‘Wassily Kandinsky in Munich: His Early Engagement with Experimental Psychology from 1896 until 1904’

Aiswarya Jayamohan (University of Edinburgh), ‘E.M. Forster and Aesthetic Misuse’

1.30 – 2.45 – Panel 5

Traumatic Modernities

Skylar Kovacs (Queen’s University, Ontario), ‘Trauma and Resilience in Modernist Women’s Literature’

Galen Bunting (Northeastern University), ‘“The Live, Sane, Vigorous World”: Jacob’s Room as Modernist Anti-War Novel’

Edel Hanley (University College Cork), ‘ “the glory of women”: Nurse Veterans in Women’s First World War Poetry’

Farah Nada (University of Exeter), ‘Traumatic Permafrost: Experience and Congealed Memory in Elizabeth Bowen’s The Death of the Heart

2.45 – 3.00:  Coffee Break

Session 4: Plenary Talk

3.00 – 4.00:  Dr Sophie Oliver in Q&A (Chair: Rod Rosenquist)

Academia from the Inside and the Outside

4.00 – 4.15:  Coffee Break

Session 5: Panels 6 & 7

4.15 – 5.30 – Panel 6

Nation, Language and Transcultural Modernities

Paul Cockburn (Durham University), ‘’all the strange weeds’: cultivation, nativism, and revolution in Edith Wharton’s New York’

Juliette Bretan (University of Cambridge), ‘ “I hope he won’t talk”: Joseph Conrad and Esperanto’

Julia Fernelius (Stockholm University), ‘Lost Heritage: Rural Domesticity and the Question of Reconciliation in Ford Madox Ford’s Last Post

Matthew Mullett (University of East Anglia), ‘Transculturation: The Modernism of Fernando Ortiz’

4.15 – 5.30 – Panel 7

Modernist Poetics

Hannah Voss (Durham University), ‘ ‘‘Lightning out of a clear sky’: annihilation as creative possibility in H.D.’s late work’

James Dunnigan (University of Toronto), ‘Phoebus’ Chief of Police: The Reception of Virgil in the Homage to Sextus Propertius

Dafydd Sinden (Newcastle University), ‘ “ez easy as Pound pound it out”: the fate of Pound’s ideogrammic method in ‘late modernist’ British poetry of the 60s and 70s’

Ester Díaz Morillo (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia), ‘Of the Awefull Afterlife of Cats: From the Illustrated Book to the Stage’