Style: Conference Details
Bevis - John Bowen - Robert Douglas-Fairhurst -
Russell - Bharat Tandon - and others.
conference addresses the theme of Dickens’s style. Speakers will
discuss an exciting variety of subjects. Topics may be conceived
thematically, addressing some part of Dickens’s engagement with
religion, politics, science, or material culture, for example; or they
may focus principally on attributes of his writing techniques: his use
of genre, dialogue, reported speech, tone, suspense, different
publication formats, and so on. Whatever the principal subject, papers
will be united by their attention to relevant features of Dickens’s
imaginative writing style, recognising that the work of the critic may
be rewardingly directed towards the way Dickens writes inseparably from
what he writes about.
of the conference speakers have published critical works on Dickens in
recent years that have paid close attention to the textures of his
writing. Though they address different topics, these works indicate
that the style and techniques of Dickens’s writing are complicit in his
treatment of many subjects, often in ways that are peculiar to his
creative imagination. The conference brings together these voices and
in doing so identifies an important strand of recent work on Dickens
that attends carefully to Dickens’s style.
rest of the speakers will be confirmed here soon. The full programme
will be online in January 2011.
The conference will begin at 2pm on Friday 25th March. There will be a
keynote paper and a plenary panel session in the afternoon. The
conference dinner will take place on Friday evening.
On Saturday 26th March, there will be at least two keynote papers and
two plenary panel sessions. The conference will finish by 7pm.
Please note that this schedule is provisional and will be confirmed