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CFP: George Egerton and the fin de siècle (11/1/2016; 4/7-8/2017)

egertonGeorge Egerton and the fin de siècle

A two-day conference organised by the Modern & Contemporary Research Group at Loughborough University
Friday 7 – Saturday 8 April 2017

Keynote speaker: Professor Margaret D. Stetz (University of Delaware)

This is the first conference dedicated to the life and work of George Egerton, the nom de plume of Mary Chavelita Dunne (1859–1945). Egerton is often discussed in relation to New Woman writing, and scholars have tended to focus on her first two short story collections, Keynotes (1893) and Discords (1894). Although the conference welcomes papers that consider her early works, it seeks to go beyond these parameters, with the aim of recovering her wider oeuvre and reassessing her wider contribution to fin de siècle and early 20th century literature and drama.

Possible topics for papers might include, but are in no way limited to:

  • Egerton and Aestheticism / Decadence
  • Egerton’s plays
  • Egerton’s later work and her influence in the 20th century
  • Bodies / the body / essentialism
  • Realism / Modernism / Style
  • Place and Nation
  • Motherhood / Children and Childhood
  • Sight and Seeing
  • Community / Literary networks
  • Publishing History
  • Sexuality / The ‘Eternal Feminine’ / Mysticism
  • The Professional Woman / The Working Woman / The New Woman
  • Men and Masculinity
  • Egerton and international influences / Scandinavian Literature
  • Irish Literature and the Irish tradition
  • Please send abstracts of 300 words and a short biographical note (150 words) to georgeegertonconf@gmail.com by 1 November 2016. Address enquiries to Dr Nick Freeman (n.freeman@lboro.ac.uk) and Dr Anne-Marie Beller (a.m.beller@lboro.ac.uk).

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