International Lawrence Durrell Society

Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900

19-21 February 2009

Each year, the International Lawrence Durrell Society organizes panels hosted at the University of Louisville by the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900.

For 2009, the ILDS has Calls for Papers for two panels, "Locating the Coterie: Writers' Circles and their Cities" and "Lawrence Durrell: Reviewing the Durrell Canon." As has become standard, the first panel is open to discussion of other authors and aims to broaden our critical context while the latter panel works more closely on Durrell's work in the context of Durrell studies.

For this year, the ILDS has also been invited to sponsor a broader series of panels aimed at generating dialogue among the various societies that hold panels during the Louisville conference: "Tradition, Transposition: Influence, Intertext." These panels have a distinct, third CFP and are open to a broad range of topics and approaches.

All CFPs are listed below and are available as .pdf files:


Locating the Coterie: Writers' Circles and their Cities

While Paris stands as the urban icon of the literary and artistic world in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, many other cities have served as a locus for writers and artists, who by common attitudes towards their art, by the virtue of proximity, or by forces such as war and empire, have settled in a particular city. For instance:

In each city, certain situations and conditions have influenced the writers and artists themselves, and we may assume that the coteries have in turn shaped the space and place of that city, even to the extent of a permanent association with a building or neighborhood (e.g., February House in New York) . The International Lawrence Durrell Society requests papers on topics that address the relationship between coteries and their locations, or that investigate a single writer in relation to his or her urban locus. We are particularly interested in papers that address Lawrence Durrell and his affiliation to both specific locations and other writers. Topics may include but are not limited to:

This panel complements a series of panels sponsored by the International Lawrence Durrell Society aimed at promoting dialogue and collaboration among the various societies and associations represented annually at the Louisville conference and other conferences. To this end, we invite proposals for papers on a variety of topics that will promote discussion of Modernist authors in their milieu and across the Twentieth Century.

Please send a 1-page abstract to Pamela Francis, International Lawrence Durrell Society, (pfrancis@rice.edu) by Sept. 12, 2008. Final papers should be limited to 20 minute presentations.


Lawrence Durrell: Reviewing the Durrell Canon

The International Lawrence Durrell Society will sponsor a panel at Louisville addressing all aspects of Lawrence Durrell's body of work. We are particularly interested in papers which investigate Durrell's lesser known and read works and their place in the Durrell canon, as well as their place in the larger canon of literature in English. For instance, how does his poetry respond better-known "schools" of poetry such as the Auden school, etc.? Does The Avignon Quintet belong in the canon of postmodern literature? What is the relationship between Durrell's nonfiction (e.g., A Smile in the Mind's Eye) and his fiction? How has LD influenced the genre of travel writing?

As part of a series of panels aimed at sponsoring inter-society discussion, this panel also welcomes papers that relate Durrell's oeuvre to the work of others of his milieu; furthermore, the "milieu" itself may be addressed, e.g., how can Durrell's work help us defineŅor complicateŅa term such as "late modernism?"

Please send a 1 page abstract to Pamela Francis, International Lawrence Durrell Society, (pfrancis@rice.edu) by Sept. 12, 2008. Final presentations should be limited to 20 minutes.


Tradition, Transposition: Influence, Intertext

For the 2009 Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, the International Lawrence Durrell Society is preparing a series of panels aimed at promoting dialogue and collaboration among the various societies and associations represented annually at the conference as well as other groups. To this end, we invite proposals for papers on a variety of topics that will promote discussion of Modernist authors in their milieu and across the Twentieth Century. Loosely, the established paradigms of plural Modernisms and of Late Modernism will unify the panels while thematic foci will provide avenues of discussion. Possible topics might include:

These topics need not limit proposals, and all papers that allow for meaningful dialogue between groups active in Twentieth Century literature will be considered. Papers relating two or more authors are particularly welcome, but this is not required. Ideally, panels will have topically related papers that then allow for discussion of the relations among authors. Papers on Pound, Eliot, Woolf, Joyce, H.D., Aldington, Durrell, Thomas, Barnes, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Beckett, Miller, Nin, and their milieu are particularly welcome (the so-called High and Late modernists).

These panels will not displace or disrupt the panels already held by individual societies. Instead, they will add to these existing panels by promoting interaction and mutual attendance. It will be possible to ensure panels do not conflict in the schedule. Not all panels or papers will address Durrell's works or any other particular figure. After several years of successful panels on related authors occurring adjacent to each other, the present as an appropriate time to develop dialogue between these panels to further collaborative work and research.

Send one-page proposals by 12 September 2008 to James Gifford, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver (james.d.gifford@gmail.com).

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