An International Conference Reading Graham Swift

Країна: Польща

Місто: Lodz

Тези до: 15.06.2014

Дати: 06.11.14 — 08.11.14

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Організатори: Department of British Literature and Culture, University of Lodz,


Author of nine acclaimed novels, a collection of short stories and a recent non-fiction book, Graham Swift is one of the most respected contemporary British writers. Praised for his ability to combine highly complex narratives with insightful investigations of the human mind, he remains stubbornly dedicated to his oft-voiced conviction that the essential task of literature is to allow us “to enter, imaginatively, experiences other than our own.”

Including contributions from David Malcolm and Daniel Lea, this conference offers a rare opportunity to reflect on Swift’s achievement by bringing together scholars interested in his work. Papers are invited on all aspects of the author’s writing. They may concentrate on particular texts, discuss questions related to translation, international reception or cinematic adaptations of his work, or address recurrent, recognisably “Swiftian” thematic preoccupations and formal strategies. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

·         history and storytelling

·         memory and the past

·         trauma and war

·         morality and ethics

·         nostalgia, loss, mourning and melancholia

·         postmodernity and the contemporary

·         genre and forms of representation

·         childhood/parenthood/familial relations

·         Englishness

·         confessional mode

·         imagery and symbolism

·         intertextual echoes

·         failures of communication, representation and meaning

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