Curiosity and Desire in Fin-de-Siecle Art and Literature

Country: USA

City: Los Angeles

Abstr. due: 01.10.2017

Dates: 11.05.18 — 12.05.18

Area Of Sciences: Humanities; Cultural science;

Organizing comittee e-mail: IWPSClark2018@gmail.com

Organizers: International Walter Pater Society

 

This two-day conference, to be held on May 11-12, 2018 at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library (UCLA), is jointly organized by the International Walter Pater Society and the Clark Library, world-renowned for its holdings of rare and manuscript materials from the period, notably Oscar Wilde, George Egerton, Alfred Douglas, Charles
Ricketts, Aubrey Beardsley, Max Beerbohm, and the fine presses of the fin de siècle. The conference will include workshops in which groups of scholars will carry on exploratory discussions that relate to the Clark’s extensive fin-de siècle collections.

 

We welcome proposals for either conference papers or workshop contributions.

 

Conference papers will be twenty minutes in length and should address the conference theme in relation to works by Pater, Wilde, or other figures from this period. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches, linking literature to the visual arts, music, performance, or science, as well as exploring the international dimension of the British fin de siècle. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

 

    Critical methods and the critics’ desires
    Desire and the senses
    Scientific and literary curiosity
    Tastes and taxonomies
    Empiricism and its discontents
    Textual and material objects
    The bizarre and the grotesque
    Curiosity and the archive
    The collection and the fetish
    Ekphrastic practice
    Different desires

 

Workshop contributions will consist of pre-circulated papers (circa 2,000 words), which speakers will introduce in five-minute presentations on the day. They should address one of the following three themes:

 

    Aestheticism, curiosity, and desire
    British aestheticism and French culture
    The aesthetic book: fin-de-siècle printing and publishing

 

Conference Web-Site: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2017/02/24/curiosity-and-desire-in-fin-de-siecle-art-and-literature