A conference in pursuit of the English
University of Salford, UK, 9-11 July 1999
Plenary speaker: Alison Light
(others t.b.c.)
The fin de siecle is traditionally a time for taking stock, and a time
when anxieties about national identity and strength reach their peak.
As the millennium approaches, Scotland and Wales are in the
process of becoming autonomous, and the prospect of European union is
producing a challenge, and even a threat, to the definition of the UK
as we know it. This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore the
concept of Englishness by examining its presence in various periods
and genres, in the field of literary and cultural studies.
Suggested topics include:
devolution               as seen on TV     reading 'English'
the English abroad  Poets Laureate     regional identities
Cool Britannia        Merchant Ivory     Millennium Dome
'national' writers      Britpop             beyond the Turner prize
heritage & folklore   writers in exile     Carry On Ealing
We welcome proposals from scholars at all stages of their research,
and intend to publish a selection of the papers given.
Abstracts of c.300 words should be sent by e-mail to:
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Jo Knowles ~ [log in to unmask]
or by snailmail to:
Wendy Pickles, Conference Administrator, ESRI, University of Salford,
Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WT, U.K.
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