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LONDON CALLING: LAWRENCE AND THE METROPOLIS
Deadline extended to Dec. 31
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London played a crucial role in Lawrence’s early life: he taught here, got his first
Call for Contributions
D.H. Lawrence: Technology & Modernity
Dear fellow Lawrentians,
Indrek Männiste, Ph.D
Department of World Literature,
University of Tartu, Estonia
PARIS OUEST UNIVERSITY
31st International D.H.Lawrence Conference
29-31 March 2017
The Relative and the Absolute in D.H.Lawrence's Work
The focus of the topic of the 2017 D.H Lawrence conference is not restricted to the poetico-philosophical ideas which Lawrence expresses in his essays, notably in "The Crown" and "Fantasia of the Unconscious". The aim is above all to address the way that such ideas connect with his artistic production. Many of his statements about the relative and the absolute appear baffling and seem contradictory, when looked at outside their immediate contexts: in other words, when abstracted from their specific and relational or relative context in an artwork. In "The Crown", Lawrence asserts both that "All absolutes are prison-walls" and that "without something absolute, we are nothing"─ doing so with a touch of relativism and equivocation often to be found in his writings. The inquiry into Lawrence’s considerations on the absolute will obviously lead the participants in the conference to reflect on his idiosyncratic form of spirituality and his attempts to convey it through his novels and poems, almost from the start of his career. What he read about Einstein's Theory of relativity in 1921 reinforced his belief in the importance of universal relatedness and personal relationships, along with his desire to reconcile the relative and the absolute. In Kangaroo, Richard Somers, who torments his mind quite as much as his author does, reflects that "even relativity is only relative. Relative to the absolute". How is the meditation of this fictional character to be deciphered? And how are we to assess the distinctions between Lawrence’s voice and the voice of his characters? For these voices are, by way of the subtle mediations and transformations of poetic voice and narrative form, receivable as two related modes of utterance. And how is this interminable conflict between the antithetical claims of the absolute and of the relative resolved or balanced, temporarily or conditionally, by way of the specific mode of expression and form that is proper to art, as fashioned by the artist and as received by the reader or the viewer?
We invite reflection on the following, non-exclusive list of themes:
The deadline for proposals is 15 November 2016. Priority will be given to proposals received before the deadline, but we will continue to accept proposals until 1 December 2016.
Organizing Committee : Ginette Roy, Cornelius Crowley, Stephen Rowley.
Link to our journal Etudes Lawrenciennes : http://anglais.u-paris10.fr/spip.php?rubrique56
A few numbers of the journal are on line: http://lawrence.revues.org/
Modern Language Association Meeting 2018
Lawrence wrote about charisma in personal and political relationships, and his contemporaries found him charismatic. Papers might consider how Lawrence represents charisma, how his ideas of leadership change, or how others responded to him.
Abstract and CV by 15 March 2017; Joyce Piell Wexler (email@example.com).