A BAVS-supported one-day conference at Keele University, Saturday 11 September 2010
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 18 June 2010
Plenary Speakers: Howard J. Booth (Manchester) and Hilary Fraser (Birkbeck)
Interest in John Addington Symonds has revived in recent years due to the 1984 publication of his Memoirs (edited by Phyllis Grosskurth), a unique and important record of Victorian homosexuality. He has since become an important figure for historians of sexuality and queer criticism. Despite this resurgence, Symonds has remained a marginalised figure; his participation across multiple academic and creative disciplines is largely excluded from the canon of nineteenth century cultural criticism. This has prompted John Pemble to write: ‘[Symonds’s contemporary readership] kept his reputation alive and most of his books in print until the 1930s; but his prestige faded as they aged and died off.’
Interest in Symonds has grown and diversified during the 2000s. This one-day conference will provide a forum within which to assimilate and evaluate this new and emerging work; it will offer a wide ranging re-assessment of Symonds, exploring his contribution to multiple disciplines and his significance for current fields of academic study.
Papers might address (but are not limited to):
- Symonds and art/art history
- Symonds and Hellenism
- Symonds as ‘man of letters’; literary critic; historian; poet; essayist; translator
- Symonds and nineteenth-century science; sexology; evolution
- Symonds and life writing
- Symonds and travel writing
- Symonds in collaboration
- Symonds and his contemporaries
- Symonds and his critics/advocates
- Symonds and publication; textuality; book history
- Symonds’s reception, reputation and ‘afterlife’
- Symonds and gender/sexuality
Abstracts for 15 to 20 minute papers (c. 250 words) should be emailed to email@example.com by 18 June 2010.
Informal enquiries should be addressed to the conference organisers: David Amigoni (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Amber K. Regis (email@example.com). Further information is available on the conference website.