‘TENNYSON’S FUTURES’, 27-28 MARCH 2009, ENGLISH FACULTY, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see,
Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be.
I remember once in London the realization coming over me, of the whole of its inhabitants lying horizontal a hundred years hence.
Tennyson was acutely aware of his place in time, and the future, with all of the uncertainties and certainties that it holds, is one of the central preoccupations of his poetry. The bicentenary of Tennyson’s birth in 2009 provides an ideal opportunity to consider the poet’s position both in relation to his future and to ours. This two-day conference will explore possible future directions in Tennyson studies and ask vital questions about Tennyson’s conception of and relationship to the future. How does Tennyson imagine the various futures that he describes in his poetry? How is his role as a poet affected by his need to look forward? How have later writers and artists responded to Tennyson’s work? And how might the emergence of new critical trends affect assessments of Tennyson in the future?
Matthew Bevis, Matthew Campbell, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Eric Griffiths, Samantha Matthews, Francis O’Gorman, Cornelia Pearsall, Seamus Perry, Christopher Ricks,
W. David Shaw, Nicholas Shrimpton, Helen Small, Herbert F. Tucker.
Registration for the conference is now open. For further information about registration, and about the conference meal and accommodation at Brasenose College, University of Oxford, please visit the conference website at sites.google.com/site/tennysonsfutures or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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