“Impressions: 1880-1920” (International)

Deadline: December 31, 2014

Date: October 16, 2015

Location: University of Burgundy (Dijon, France)

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On the occasion of the symposium “Impression(s): 1880-1920” organised by the Image-Texte-Langauge research centre (EA 4182) at the University of Burgundy on October 16, 2015, organizers wish to invite contributions that explore the relationship between art criticism, literary impressionism and printmaking from the late 19th century to the immediate postwar period in Britain.

The conference organizers invite researchers, librarians, curators and collectors to examine the writings and artwork of art critics and writers who were also professional or amateur printmakers, namely in the fields of lithography, wood-engraving, woodcut, and etching. The symposium aims to discuss intermedial practices, the mutual influence of artistic practice and textual production, as well as the dual meaning of impression as a mode of reception and of expression. Papers should examine impression both as theme and trope in literary texts and art criticism in connection with the material characteristics of media in which writers/artists chose to express themselves. They can also address how the shift from late Victorian aesthetics to modernist experimentation was negotiated in this field.

The time period considered here is framed by the creation of the Society of Painter-Etchers in 1880 and that of the Society of Wood-Engravers in 1920. It spans four decades which saw the advent of photomechanical process and the revival of printmaking as an “original” mode of expression based on the premium granted to individual impression as autographic response and to the trope of the print as imprint on a medium and/or on the mind.

Deadline: please send your proposals (500 words along with a short bio-bibliography) to Sophie Aymes and Bénédicte Coste by the end of December 2014. Note that all papers should be in English. A selection of peer-reviewed articles will be published.

Sophie Aymes (Université de Bourgogne): sophie.aymes@u-bourgogne.fr
Bénédicte Coste (Université de Bourgogne): benedicte.coste@u-bourgogne.fr

Confirmation: February 2015


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