At Benign Fiesta, we will have three key note speakers: Dr Aoife Byrne (University of Cambridge, UK), Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus (Northumbria University, UK) and Professor Douglas Mao (Johns Hopkins University, USA). These speakers’ abstracts are below.
Dr Aoife Byrne |“A terrible blow to all hopes of civilisation”: the Blitz, the British Home Front and Second World War Writing
Aoife Byrne has a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Aoife completed her doctoral dissertation on literary configurations of domestic space in the works of Irish and British women authors, writing from 1929-1948, with a particular focus on the works of Daphne du Maurier, Elizabeth Bowen, Nancy Mitford, Kate O’Brien, and Evadne Price. Aoife is also interested in the works of Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth von Arnim, Katherine Mansfield, and Jean Rhys. Aoife is currenty writing a book on Daphne du Maurier, and she has previously published on authors including Daphne du Maurier, Doris Lessing, Jane Austen, and Oscar Wilde. She is a Fellow of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. In Cambridge, Aoife teaches widely on twentieth-century literature, with a specific emphasis on women’s literature, as well as intersections between modernism and popular culture.
Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus | 'Wyndham Lewis and Europe Lewis’s Inter-War Politics through the Lens of Time and Tide’'
Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus is a Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at the University of Northumbria, UK. She is the author of The Short Story and the First World War (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to the English Short Story (Cambridge University Press, 2016). She has also co-edited, with Katherine Baxter, The Edinburgh Companion to the First World War and the Arts (Edinburgh University Press, 2017).
Professor Douglas Mao | 'New Worlds for Old'
Professor Douglas Mao works at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD, USA), where he specializes in modernist fiction and poetry. He is the author of Solid Objects: Modernism and the Test of Production (Princeton University Press, 1998) and Fateful Beauty: Aesthetic Environments, Juvenile Development, and Literature 1860-1960 (Princeton University Press, 2008). He is also the co-editor, with Rebecca Walkowitz, of Bad Modernisms (Duke University Press, 2006) and the editor of the Longman Cultural Edition of E. M. Forster’s Howards End (2009).
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