Venue: Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Friday 22nd May 2015

13:00-14:00 – Registration and Coffee

14:00-14:15 – Introductory Remarks

14:15-15:45 – Reading after Attridge

Chair: Matthew Campbell (University of York)

Patrick Hayes                        ‘Reading and the Limit of Ethics’

Kate Briggs                             ‘And This Is What We Call by the Book’s Name’

15:45-16:00 – Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 – White Writing in South Africa

Chair: Erica Lombard (University of Oxford)

Sarah Pett                               ‘Odd couples: J.M. Coetzee and the Intertextuality of Contemporary South African White Writing’

Sam Durrant                        ‘Coetzee and Creaturely Creativity’

Rachel Hollander               ‘Missionary Hospitality?: Ethical Possibilities in Olive Schreiner’s The Story of an African Farm

16:00-17:30 – The Languages of Modernism

Chair: Emilie Morin (University of York)

Ulrika Maude                        ‘Lipspeech: The Language of Modernism’

Juliette Taylor-Batty       ‘The Languages of Modernism: Translation as Composition’

Youngmin Kim                     ‘Magic versus Prophecy in Literary Discourse: Language of Modernism, Postmodernism, and Beyond’

17:45-19:00 – Readings

Emma Donoghue, Tom McCarthy, Zoë Wicomb

19:00-20:00 – Wine Reception


Saturday 23rd May 2015

09:30-11:00 – Lyric and Metre

Chair: Tom Furniss (University of Strathclyde)

Joon-Soo Bong                    ‘Apostrophe and Theories of the Lyric’

Hannah Sullivan                 ‘Free Verse, Lyric Metres’

Nigel Fabb                             ‘The Metrical Line and the Communication of the Sublime’

09:30-11:00 – Joyce Effects

Chair: Michael Springer (University of York)

John McCourt                      ‘”Myriadislanded”: Images of the Islands in Yeats, Synge and Joyce’

Gerry Smyth                          ‘Thinking in Circles: Cyclical Thought in James Joyce’s Chamber Music

Sam Slote                                ‘Affirmations and negations invalidated as uttered” in Ulysses

and How It Is

11:00-11:30 – Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 – Reading South African Literature

Chair: Claire Westall (University of York)

Michelle Kelly                      ‘Acts of Reading in Zoë Wicomb’s Playing in the Light

Liani Lochner                       ‘Recognition and Affect: Reading Zoë Wicomb’s October

Willy Maley                           ‘Attridge, Apartheid, and the Angularity of Literature’

11:30-13:00 – Finnegans Wake

Chair: James Fraser (University of Cambridge)

Peter D. McDonald              ‘Instituting the Wake”

Katherine O’Callaghan        ‘Loss and Silence in Finnegans Wake’

Paul O’Hanrahan                  ‘Le Fanu’s House as an Extension of Finnegans Wake: Excavations in the Churchyard 

13:00-14:00 – Lunch

14:00-15:30 – English Poetics

Chair: James Williams (University of York)

Graham Pechey                    ‘The-ology: On the definite article in English verse’

Matthew Bevis                     ‘Wordsworth in Fits’

James Robinson                  ‘“Most Savage and Barbaric”: Ted Hughes, Gawain and the Green Knight, and the History of English Metre’

14:00-15:30 – Derrideanisms

Chair: Jane Elliott (King’s College London)

Ankhi Mukherjee                ‘For the love of Derrida’

Christine Roulston             ‘A Coded Life: Anne Lister Meets Derrida’

Nicholas Royle                     ‘Headnotes’

15:30-16:00 – Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 – Literary Singularity

Chair: Peter Fifield (Birkbeck)

Jurate Levina                      ‘The Phenomenology of Singularity in Literature according to Attridge’

Michael Wood                     ‘Literature and the Unnatural Sciences’

Martin McQuillan              ‘The Communism of Literature’

16:00-17:30 – Realism and the Real

Chair: Alexander Beaumont (York St John University)

Jean-Michel Rabaté            ‘The Value of Devaluation’

Anna Bernard                       ‘The Documentary Real’

Alex Thomson                      ‘The Singularity of the Essay’

17:45-19:00 – Readings

Paul Muldoon, Don Paterson, John Wilkinson

19:00-20:00 – Wine Reception and Book Signing

20:00-23:00 – Buffet, Reception, and launch of Derek Attridge, The Work of Literature (OUP) and Derek Attridge and Henry Staten, The Craft of Poetry (Routledge)


Sunday 24th May 2015 

09:30-11:00 – Prosody and Sound

Chair: Hugh Haughton (University of York)

Isobel Armstrong               ‘The Caesura: The Politics of the Pause’

Adam Piette                         ‘The Rhythm of Rhyme’

Angela Leighton                 ‘Hearing Forms’

09:30-11:00 – Modernism / Modernity

Chair: Rob Hawkes (Teesside University)

Laura Marcus                       ‘Rhythmic Subjects and Modernity’

Natalie Pollard                      ‘Arabesques of the Grotesque: Bad Bodies in Djuna Barnes’

Michael Eskin                       ‘First Person Singular: The Poetics of Lajos Walder’

11:00-11:30 – Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 – Global Singularities

Chair: Zoe Norridge (King’s College London)

Andrew van der Vlies        ‘Literary Returns: Singularity, Translation, and Expatriation in South African Letters’

Elleke Boehmer                    ‘The Singularity of Soweto Poetry’

Jahan Ramazani                   ‘Poetry and the Global Migration of Form’

11:30-13:00 – More Joyce Effects

Chair: Maud Ellmann (University of Chicago)

Ethan MacAdam                 ‘Joyce-Judgments’

Sayaka Okumura                ‘Virginia Woolf’s Wordplay?: A Portrait of the Young Artist As Joyce’s Rival’ 

Vicki Mahaffey                    ‘Joyce’s Peculiar Language’

Maud Ellmann                      Response 

13:00-14:00 – Lunch

14:00-15:30 – Attridge and Others

Chair: David Attwell (University of York)

Carrol Clarkson                    ‘Afterwords’

Cora Kaplan                          ‘Politics and Pedagogy’

Robert JC Young                 ‘Atramentitious’

15:30 – Conference Close

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