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CFP: “Robert Louis Stevenson: New Perspectives” (1/31/2017; 7/5-8/2017)

napier"Robert Louis Stevenson: New Perspectives"
International Robert Louis Stevenson Conference
Edinburgh Napier University
5-8 July 2017

The Centre for Literature and Writing (CLAW) at Edinburgh Napier University is delighted to be hosting the international Robert Louis Stevenson conference in July 2017. Under the title "Robert Louis Stevenson: New Perspectives," the conference committee seeks papers on all aspects of Stevenson’s life and works.

As well as papers that discuss Stevenson and other writers, other cultures and a range of related contexts, the organisers are keen to encourage contributions that challenge traditional approaches to Stevenson’s works. Though new perspectives on Jekyll and Hyde are welcome, it is the aim of the conference to broaden its scope beyond this well-trodden literary terrain. To that end the organisers welcome proposals for papers that cover areas of literary studies that have connections with Stevenson, however tenuous, as well as papers that consider some of Stevenson’s lesser-known works, and works that have received scant critical attention. As Scotland is the location of this conference, papers on Stevenson and Scotland would be very welcome.

It is anticipated that the conference will begin on the afternoon of Wednesday 5 July and end at lunchtime on Saturday 8 July. Friday afternoon will be free for delegates to explore Edinburgh.

There will be two special plenary speakers: Nigel Planer: actor, novelist, playwright and travel writer; and Louise Welsh: Professor of Creative Writing at Glasgow University, and award-winning author.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Dr Lena Wanggren at l.wanggren@napier.ac.uk by Tuesday 31 January 2017.

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