School of English

Regional Literary Cultures Conference

Regional Literary Cultures: Modernism and After

Modernism and After

University of Nottingham, 14-15 April 2011

Confirmed keynote speakers
Prof. Luke Gibbons (NUI Maynooth)
Prof. Dominic Head (University of Nottingham)

Confirmed speakers
Dr Eleanor Bell (Strathclyde)
Dr John Brannigan (UCD)
Dr Nadine Holdsworth (Warwick)
Dr Eamonn Hughes (QUB)
Dr David James (Nottingham)
Dr Patrick Lonergan (NUI Galway)
Dr Drew Milne (Cambridge)
Prof. Andrew Thacker (De Montfort)
Dr Chris Wigginton (Northumbria)

This two-day event, hosted by the Centre for Regional Literature and Culture, will consist of a one-day postgraduate conference followed by a one-day symposium of invited speakers.

Whilst regionalism in literature has been characterised as essentially inward-looking and quaintly conservative, recent critical work on the topic has sought to reassess both its scope and its continuing importance over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. For instance, in a recent special issue of Modern Fiction Studies devoted to ‘Regional Modernism’, Scott Herring emphasises ‘the importance of locality to modernism’s world-imaginary’ and echoes Raymond Williams’ call for the equation between modernism and the metropolitan to be reassessed.

Showcasing new work by established researchers and young scholars, this event will explore the variety and diversity of expressions given to regionalism in British and Irish literature and culture during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Prose fiction and non-fiction, poetry, and drama will all be considered in their wider cultural and historical contexts, with a particular emphasis upon modernism and its after-effects. Contributors are also encouraged to consider the intersections and conversations that occur between regionalism, nationalism, internationalism, and cosmopolitanism.

The conference fee is £50 for both days. Please note that this does not include accommodation.

Delegates are asked to register by 25th March 2011. A registration form can be downloaded by clicking the relevant link on the right hand side of this page.

Public Lectures: This event will include two free public lectures by Prof. Luke Gibbons and Prof. Dominic Head respectively. For details, please see the conference programme (available via a link on the right). Members of the public are warmly invited to attend either or both of these lectures, without the need to register for the conference.

  • Thursday 14th - 18.00-19.30 Prof. Dominic Head
  • Friday 15th - 18.00-19.30 Prof. Luke Gibbons

If you would like to book on the Conference itself then please see the links on the top right of the page.


Conference organisers: Dr Neal Alexander and Dr James Moran.

If you have any questions about booking on the conference then please contact the Conference Administrator, Rebecca Peck.


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