This conference at Exeter University is based around literary archives. On the day there will be Ted Hughes manuscripts on display and a chance to look round this and the university's other literary archives.
"Even scholars who are able to globetrot from collection to collection end up relying heavily upon their inadequate memories, notes, photocopies, and photographs to compensate for the distances in time and space between collections. Seeing the original prints, paintings, manuscripts, and typographical works is good in itself; but seeing them in fine, trustworthy reproductions, in context and relation to one another is the scholarly ideal. Difficulty of access to original and reliance on inadequate reproductions has handicapped and distorted even the best efforts... the result has all too frequently been distortions of the record, misconstructions, and the waste of considerable scholarly labor." (Joseph Viscom 2002)
Confirmed Keynote speakers:
Prof. Helen Taylor (University of Exeter)
Dr Wim Van Mierlo (University of London)
This two day event explores issues of reclamation and representation within literary archive. The event seeks to foreground original archival research into literary legacies and the processes of authorial representation through research. Our main objective is to explore the unique methodological challenges and questions that arise from archival investigation, and how research working with the varied archival materials can both reclaim and re-cast authorial personas and scholarly interpretations of their work.
The event will include sessions that use some of the literary papers held in the University of Exeter’s Special Collections as a way of highlighting issues in archival research. Exeter’s collections are particularly rich in archival sources on writers of the South West region—such as Ted Hughes, Daphne du Maurier, Agatha Christie, John Betjeman, Henry Williamson, and TS Eliot—BUT we welcome papers exploring questions which have wider application in archival research.
Proposals for individual papers of 20 minutes are invited. Possible topics might include:
We particularly invite papers on writers with connections to the South West, although all contributions are welcome.
Deadline for submissions: 7th May 2010.