Modernism Now!: British Association for Modernist Studies 2014 Conference

BAMS 2014 programmeI presented at the BAMS 2014 Annual Conference, Modernism Now!, on 28 June 2014, as part of a panel of UT graduate students and our supervising professor, Mia Carter.

UT grad students at BAMS

left to right: myself, Reid Echols, and Brianna Hyslop

Our panel was titled “‘More Forms and Stranger’: Actual and Imaginative Intermodernist to Late Modernist Journeys,” and took place at 3:30pm in Room 349 of Senate House Library in the Bloomsbury neighborhood of London.

I presented a paper titled “‘In Favour of Strangeness’: Interwar Anxiety in The Mortmere Stories.” The Mortmere Stories are a set of some finished and some unfinished short stories by Christopher Isherwood and Edward Upward. The stories were written while both authors attended Cambridge in the 1920s, but were not published until 1993. They feature heavily in my dissertation.

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Literary London 2013: Representations of London in Literature

at Senate House Library

at Senate House Library

I attended the Literary London Society’s 2013 conference at the Institute of English Studies (part of the University of London) on July 17th – 19th 2013. The experience attending a conference alone, without any other members of my own University, was challenging but very enjoyable. I met many interesting people from the UK and the US.

Marple Hall

Marple Hall

I presented a paper in the “Queer London” panel titled “The ‘Other Town’: Christopher Isherwood’s Romantic-Sinister London.” To obtain photos for an accompanying slideshow, I spent some of my two weeks in the UK visiting the locations where Isherwood’s family lived in London and in Marple, a town in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Isherwood’s family once owned Marple Hall in Marple itself and Wyberslegh Hall in the village of High Lane. Walking from Marple to Wyberslegh takes you on a beautiful journey along “The Ridge,” a road that overlooks green rolling hills and fields.

The Ridge at Marple

The Ridge at Marple

A few months after the conference, I learned that I had been nominated for The Presidents’ Prize, an award for outstanding presentations given by the presidents of the Literary London Society. While another presenter won the prize, I was thrilled to be one of eight nominees out of more than one hundred conference presentations. I look forward to attending this annual event again.