Papers are invited for the first academic conference dedicated to the writing of Geoff Dyer—novelist, essayist, critic, travel writer and public intellectual.
2014 will mark 25 years since the publication of Dyer’s first novel—The Colour of Memory (1989)—and a body of work whose distinctive combination of formal innovation, erudition and wit has won him both critical acclaim and a broad literary following, but little sustained academic scrutiny to date. This conference aims to bring together scholars with expertise in this important author for the first time, but also to use Dyer’s work as a way of accessing some of the most urgent debates in contemporary literary studies.
Taking our cue from Dyer’s wide-ranging work, we invite papers which speak to a variety of themes in the author’s work. Papers may also place Dyer’s work in conversation with that of other authors or as a focus through which to address broader critical and contextual questions. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
• Creative criticism
• Remix culture
• Conceptual writing and uncreativity
• 1980s and 1990s British fiction
• Postmodern travel writing
• The slacker generation and after
• Anti-intellectualism and the place of the critic
• Englishness and postcolonial melancholia
• The poetics of boredom
• Photography and cinema
• Music in contemporary fiction
• Modernist hauntologies
• Retromania and nostalgia
• Rave fiction
The conference welcomes proposals for individual papers or panels. We are open to papers which, like Dyer’s writing, experiment with the established boundaries of the genre. Submissions are welcome from both research students and academics. Please send a title and 300 word abstract for a 20 minute paper along with your name, affiliation and 100 word professional biography to Bianca Leggett at firstname.lastname@example.org by 6th December 2013.
The conference will be held at Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD on Friday 11th July 2014.
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