07 novembre 2013

Observatoire: Middlebrow research network

Voici un aperçu de ce qui se fait actuellement dans les middlebrow studies. Les middlebrow studies se concentrent beaucoup dernièrement sur les questions du féminin et de gender, et sur l'écriture féminine middlebrow notamment. Il faudrait voir ce que le recoupement de et le dialogue entre ces deux espaces "marginaux" - écriture féminine/ écriture middlebrow" - produit en termes d'effets critiques. Qu'est-ce qui se joue dans le recentrement d'un champ assez peu vaste, institutionnellement parlant, autour de la question du féminin?


The Female Aesthetes 1870-1880 edited by Maroula Joannou and Claire Nicholson (Pickering and Chatto, 2013) includes the middlebrow novelists Ouida and Rhoda Broughton.


Calls for papers:

'Crossing the Space Between, 1914-1945'. July 17-19, 2014, Institute of English Studies, London 

The 16th annual conference of the Space Between society will explore the notion of ‘crossing’ − whether of oceans, borders, classes, genders, disciplines or genres − as it relates to literature, art, history, music, theatre, media, and spatial or material culture in any country between 1914 and 1945. From 1930s writers and intellectuals crossing the class divide to the surrealist crossing of a sewing machine with an umbrella, from Virginia Woolf’s Orlando to Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca, from crossing the dance floor to spying and wartime betrayal, tropes and examples of crossing proliferate across the culture of the period. We invite proposals for papers considering any aspect of crossing whether literal or metaphorical, spatial or social, successful or unsuccessful.


Agatha Christie: Crime, Culture, Celebrity
A one-day symposium at the University of Exeter, Monday 14 April 2014
Presented in collaboration with the Crime Studies Network. Confirmed keynote speakers:
• Professor Sarah Street, University of Bristol
• Dr Merja Makinen, Middlesex University
Author of over eighty mystery novels, Agatha Christie was the best-selling writer of the twentieth century. Her detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are iconic and her play The Mousetrap is the longest-running in history.This one-day conference is the first in Britain to engage with Christie’s life, work, and popularity. An interdisciplinary event, Agatha Christie: Crime, Celebrity, Culture seeks to unite researchers across the humanities with an interest in this writer’s work, life, and her afterlife in TV, film, and, popular culture.

Please email an abstract of 250 words with a short biographical note toagathachristie@exeter.ac.uk, no later than Friday 29 November 2013. Please direct any queries to the same address.


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