Modernist Criticisms Conference

Graduate Conference
Saturday 7 June 2014, 10am – 6pm

Fulton 104, University of Sussex
Keynote Speaker: Professor Tim Armstrong (Royal Holloway)

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When one creative mind is better than another, the
reason often is that the better is the more critical.
T. S. Eliot 

Born out of the idea that our conceptions of modernism are not just informed by its literature, Modernist Criticisms was a conference designed to develop debates on the intersections between criticism and literature in modernist culture. Focusing especially on marginal or marginalized critics and criticism, this day-long event put those critical works into discussion with the artistic concerns of the writer’s who produced them.

The event consisted of four panels on “Conceptions of Criticism”, “Criticism and Pedagogy”, “Modernist Critical Contexts” and “Alternative Critical Modes”. The keynote speaker, Professor Tim Armstrong (Royal Holloway), ended the day with his fascinating paper, “Reframing Modernism after 1926: Hammersmith Modernism and its Manifestos”, which prompted an incisive and pertinent discussion. Attendees represented the universities of Kent, Leicester, Oxford, Glasgow, Bristol, Rutgers, and Sussex, as well as UCL, Queen Mary, Birkbeck, and Jagiellonian University in Poland. This event also received a sponsorship from the Edinburgh University Press.

To see the full programme for the event please follow this link

To see the event poster please click here

Click to view the Modernist Criticisms Conference Website

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With thanks to Tammy Hale who photographed the event.

Event Directors – Natalie Wright and Kiron Ward (Sussex graduate students).