Fifth International Conference 1920s and 1930s

The ICVWW’s five-year project From Brontë to Bloomsbury: Realism, Sensation and the New in Women’s Writing from the 1840s to the 1930s aims to trace and reassess, decade by decade, how women’s writing develops in the cultural context of the 1840s to the 1930s: a transformative period in women’s private, public and literary lives. Including the work of canonical authors such as Elizabeth Gaskell and Virginia Woolf, the project is also significantly concerned with rediscovering and repositioning the lives and work of neglected female writers. 

16-17 July 2018

Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Faye Hammill (University of Glasgow)
  • Professor Mary Joannou (Anglia Ruskin University)

Conference Booking

  • One day waged is £45
  • One day student/unwaged is £30
  • Both days waged are £90
  • Both days student/unwaged are £60

Conference Dinner Booking

  • Dinner is on Monday 16th July at 7pm. Tickets are £42 each. 

Now in its final year, the project aims to build on the success of the four previous conferences on women’s writing from the 1840s to the 1910s. The interbellum years are synonymous with literary Modernists, who sought to provide a new challenge to the reader and also dissociate themselves from their Victorian forebears, through innovative stylistic devices and alienating forms. Modernism offered a self-conscious break with tradition and an attempt to find modes through which to represent the horrors of war and its aftermath, and the dynamics of individual consciousness. The unprecedented political, social and cultural changes wrought by the First World War changed the landscapes in which women wrote and their relationships with the world around them, leading to greater interrogation of conceptual boundaries including gender, sexuality, genre and even geography.

You can contact the organising committee (Dr Susan Civale, Professor Adrienne Gavin, Alyson Hunt and Professor Carolyn Oulton) at ICVWW@canterbury.ac.uk

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