Literature and Conflict: English Graduate Conference 2014

Arts and Law
Friday 20th June 2014 (09:30-19:00)
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The Graduate Conference is an annual event for all MA/MRes/MPhil/PhD students in the Department of English Literature.

The conference is organised by a graduate student committee who are in charge of curating the theme and call for papers, putting together the programme, and managing a small budget to cater the event. The conference is attended by staff and students. The conference is a great opportunity for students to present their work, learn about one another’s research, and develop skills in team work, events organising, and public speaking.

Venue : Arts Building, University of Birmingham


9:30 - 10:00 Registration and Welcome

10:00 - 10:45 Dr. Jarad Zimbler (University of Birmingham) speaking on J. M. Coetzee

10:30 - 11:00 Tea and coffee

11:00 - 12:30 Panel 1 - Early Modern Literature and Conflict

  • William Green - Critiquing Religious Conflicts: John Fletcher, Henry VIII and The Island Princess
  • Molly Bridges - “Madness in Masquerade:” The Proximity of Creativity and Madness in Early Modern Literature
  • Annie Dickinson – John Marston and Poetic Satire

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:15 Guest Speaker Dr. Natasha Alden (University of Aberystwyth) speaking on Ian McEwan’s Atonement

 14:15 - 15:15  Panel 2 – Contemporary/Modern Literature and Conflict

  • Jerome Wynter - What have the 1848-49 Revolutions in Europe and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Casa Guidi   Windows and Poems before Congress to do with Postcolonialism?
  • Sarah Chatterley – speaking on George Orwell, Forster and Cary: Colonialism, Imperialism (?)

 15:15 - 15:45 Coffee/Tea Break

 15:45 - 17:15 Panel 3 – Early Modern Literature and Conflict

  • Judith Roads - 'Language and conflict in early Quaker writings: a corpus-based enquiry'
  • Lucy Rowland – Mapmindedness and Conflicting Worldviews: Landscape and Space in Three Shakespeare Plays
  • Elizabeth Cook – Shakespeare/Milton’s Paradise Lost (?)

 17:15 - 18:00 Guest Speaker Dr. Rebecca Yearling from Keele University: 'Getting caught up in the action': Violent Spectacle and the Theatre Audience in Early Modern Drama

 18:00 - 19:00 Wine Reception