We are pleased to be able to announce the draft conference programme for our inaugural conference, ‘A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales’. Please follow the link for a PDF copy of the Programme.

From 9.00am    Registration – James Callaghan Building, Lower Ground Foyer

9.25-9.40          Welcome – James Callaghan Lecture Theatre

9.45-11.15         Parallel Sessions – Keir Hardie Building

Panel 1: Modernism and war (KH130) Chair: Matthew Jarvis

Rhian Atkin (Cardiff University), ‘Tensions and tenses of Portuguese Futurism’

Connor Doak (University of Bristol), ‘The Ethics of Modernist War Poetry: Revisiting Mayakovsky’s War and the World 100 Years On’

Luke Thurston (Aberystwyth University) ‘“Thought’s Broken Bones”: David Jones and Alun Lewis’

Panel 2: National and transnational modernisms (KH303) Chair: Daniel Williams

Rachel Farebrother (Swansea University), ‘”The Congo is flooding the Acropolis”: Art and the Intercultural in the Harlem Renaissance’

Daniel Hughes (Bangor University), ‘The Dark Matter of National Identity: Theorising Welsh/British Modernism & Experimental Writing’

Liza Penn-Thomas (Swansea University), ‘Taking Tea with Yeats – Verse drama as modernist or national drama’

11.15-11.45       Coffee – James Callaghan Building, Lower Ground Foyer

11.45-1.15        Parallel Sessions – Keir Hardie Building

Panel 3: Modernism, gender and sexuality (KH130) Chair: Diana Wallace

Claire Flay-Petty (Cardiff Metropolitan University), ‘“Far-off distant things”: Reading Dorothy Edwards in the Female Modernist Tradition’

Michelle Deininger (Cardiff Metropolitan University), ‘”A Certain Unrestraint”: Narrative Strategies and Coded Desire in Kathleen Freeman’s short fiction’

Leonie Shanks (Birkbeck College), ‘Beyond The Tangled Web: Dorothy Richardson, Bryher and the Borderlands of Modernism’

Panel 4: Modernist inheritances (KH303) Chair: John Goodby

Lucy Jeffery (Swansea University), “‘Watt” About Beckett’s Artistic Legacy?’

Charles Mundye (Sheffield Hallam University), ‘Lynette Roberts’s The Endeavour: a generic adventure’

Richard Robinson (Swansea University), ‘Quoting Modernism in the Early Short Stories of John McGahern: Joyce and Yeats’

1.15-2.00         Lunch – James Callaghan Building, Lower Ground Foyer

2.00-3.15         Keynote Lecture – James Callaghan Lecture Theatre

Professor Angharad Price (Bangor University), ‘Germany: Cradle of Welsh Modernism?’

3.15-3.45         Coffee –  James Callaghan Building, Lower Ground Foyer

3.45 – 5.15      Parallel Sessions – Keir Hardie Building

Panel 5: Space, place and land (KH130) Chair: Emma West

Siriol McAvoy (Cardiff University), ‘The materiality of language and the transformation of tradition in the writing of Lynette Roberts’

Anne Price-Owen (UWTSD), ‘Painting becoming Poetry becoming Music’

Xiaofan Xu (University of Nottingham), ‘“United in the Spiritual Flesh of Nature”: T.S. Eliot and British Surrealism in the 1930s’

Panel 6: Late and contemporary responses (KH303) Chair: Luke Thurston

Neal Alexander (Aberystwyth University), ‘Late modernism and the poetics of place’

Elizabeth Benjamin, ‘Dada t’es plus dans l’coup? Memorialising modernism in the age of the avant-garde centenary’

Michael Nath (University of Westminster), ‘Creative Writing, Modernism and the Life-World’

5.15                Wine reception – James Callaghan Building, Lower Ground Foyer

This conference is kindly supported by the Learned Society of Wales, the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, Swansea University, and the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).

Those wishing to purchase tickets can do so by visiting our registration page.



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