Victorian and Edwardian Lives and Letters (International)

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Dates: July 10-11, 2014

Location: University of Hertfordshire and Knebworth House

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Submissions are invited for this two-day conference to be held at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield and at Knebworth House, the country home of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton (1803-73). The conference will focus broadly on the topic of life-writing in its different manifestations and the challenges posed by Victorian and Edwardian figures from across the literary, theatrical, political and social scenes. How, for example, were Victorian lives recorded by Victorian contemporaries? How did a Victorian subject go about writing an autobiography or memoir? What was/is the relationship between life-writing and creative writing? Given that the fields of biography and autobiography regularly undergo re-evaluation as notions of identity, selfhood and `suitable’ subjects shift, how do those working on nineteenth century topics in the twenty-first century approach them. Where is the field going?

Please email 300 word abstracts or enquiries to the conference organisers, Rowland Hughes, Andrew Maunder and Janice Norwood atVictorianLives@gmail.com. The closing date for abstracts is January 31, 2014.

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