How are the famed forgotten and how do the forgotten become famed? How are fame, infamy and anonymity broached, contested and refracted? What comprises the literary canon and what merits canonicity?
Oxford University’s English Graduate Conference, to take place on 10th June 2011, will provide English postgraduates across the United Kingdom with the opportunity to explore the ideas “famed” and “forgotten” in the broadest possible terms, considering genre, methodology, materials, characters, language, periods and everything in between.
Presentations topics may include, but are not limited to:
* Canonicity: sustainability and amenability
* The archive: inclusion and exclusion
* Rendering identities: authors, authorship and authority
* Literary heroes, villains and outlaws
* Construction and transmission: biography and autobiography
* Performativity and normativity: the public/private stage
* Immortality and posterity
* Isolation, alienation and literary homelessness
* Memory and historical amnesia
* Representing the famed/forgotten: gender and genre
* Language of fame: the spoken and the unspoken
* Reinscriptions of silences and categorization as an othering mechanism
* Representation/misrepresentation: text, narrative, translation, transcription
* Celebrity and its attendant myths, misconceptions and phantasmagorias.
Organised and staged by Oxford English postgraduates, with the generous support of the English Faculty, this event promises to be a dynamic forum, allowing postgraduate students of English Literature to share their innovative research and engage in intellectual enquiry within a supportive environment.
This year’s event comes at a time when relationships to text and textual production are undergoing reassessment. In addition to four sessions of student presentations, the conference will include a panel discussion on The Future of Reading and a keynote address from Penelope Lively.
We welcome submissions from English postgraduates for individual papers or presentations of 20 minutes. Please submit your name, department, university, conference paper or presentation title and a 250-word abstract to claire [dot] waters [at] ell [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk by 1 March 2011.
The cost of attendance for non Oxford students is £15 and cheques should be payable to the University of Oxford. Please register here.
Please contact Claire Waters with any further enquiries.
We look forward to receiving your submission!
Dr Sophie Duncan is Fellow in English at Christ Church, University of Oxford. She works regularly as a historical advisor and as a dramaturg for theatre, TV, radio and film. She likes theatre, detective fiction and cocktails.