Professor Michael Bentley, University of St. Andrews
Professor Melba Cuddy-Keane, University of Toronto
This international conference would like those scholars to join forces and contribute to this new phase in the Victorian-modern debate from a broad range of perspectives across the disciplines: literature, criticism, the visual arts, history, science and philosophy. The emergence or re-emergence of ideas such as the “modern”, the “new” or “change” at the turn of the century is an indisputable fact that we want to acknowledge and re-contextualize by examining the different meanings and practices they encompass. From there, we wish to explore the birth and perpetration of two critical meta-narratives and their interdependence: the myth of “high modernism” and the myth of “Victorianism”. If there is no clear repudiation of history and heritage on the modernists’ part, if “rupture” was a useful fiction, if the challenge to traditional aesthetics and ideology was already a Victorian preoccupation, then we definitely need to remap modernism and Victorianism simultaneously.
The papers that we call for are meant to contribute to a trans-disciplinary publication whose synopsis could be the following, although it is far from being fixed.
- Periods, words, labels: historicizing and contextualizing the idea of the “break”
- Victorian, Edwardian and modernist literature: unexplored lines of filiation
- Art history, aesthetic philosophy and the visual arts across the Victorian/Modernist divide
- Science, philosophy, ideology: landmarks for a new history of ideas
- New approaches to identity, gender and the self: from mid-Victorians to modernist ideologies and practices.
The proposals (300 to 500 words with a short bio-bibliographical notice) should be sent to Anne Besnault-Levita (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Anne-Florence Gillard-Estrada (email@example.com) by September 15th 2013. Notification of acceptance: October 15th 2013. The conference will take place on March 27-28, 2014 at Rouen University.
See the selected bibliography as well as the forthcoming information on the conference website: http://eriac.net/beyond-the-victorian-and-modernist-divide/