“George Meredith and His Circle: Intellectual Communities and Literary Networks” (International)

Deadline: March 15, 2015

Dates: July 24-25, 2015

Location: Bishop Grosseteste University (Lincoln, England)

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This will be the first international conference on George Meredith’s work and critical reputation, and therefore a landmark event in Meredith studies. The conference also highlights debates about the circulation and exchange of ideas between Meredith and his contemporaries, encompassing the wider resonances of legacy and literary community in the circulation of ideas in the second half of the long nineteenth century.

The conference will firstly bring together both established and emerging scholars working on Meredith, and will therefore provide a forum for critical discussion of his work and his place in the literary history of both the Victorian and Modern periods. While his work has not been popularly embraced, he still remains consistently at the forefront of nineteenth century literary studies, albeit as an author and poet who has received inadequately sustained critical attention.

Secondly, expanding on this close focus on various aspects of his work, the conference will consider more broadly Meredith’s position at the centre of a wider network of nineteenth-century connections with and intersections between other prominent figures of his day, on both professional and personal levels. Meredith’s longevity and literary reputation made for prolific associations with other public figures, so that throughout his life Meredith generated a wide circle of acquaintance, many of whom made a productive impact on his work and vice versa.

As a part of the conference, delegates will be able to visit the archives of the Tennyson Research Centre in Lincoln, and Collections Access Officer Grace Timmins will be curating a mini-exhibition specifically for the event. The conference organisers aim to provide a limited number of bursaries for postgraduates and early career researchers to assist with their attendance at the conference.

Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words to meredithconference@bishopg.ac.uk, together with a brief paragraph of relevant biographical information. The deadline for abstracts is 15th March 2015. Please contact Dr Claudia Capancioni and Dr Alice Crossley for further information.

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