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Ergebnisanzeige "Modernist Eroticisms"
RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelModernist Eroticisms
BeschreibungModernist Eroticisms

A one-day conference organised by the
Centre for Modern European Literature, University of Kent
and the
Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London

Friday, 20 May 2011

At the
Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London (Room ST 274/275)

Co-Ordinators: Anna Katharina Schaffner (Kent/IGRS) and Shane Weller (Kent)

Characterized by radical epistemic shifts in the scientific investigation of sexuality and by the birth of psychoanalysis, the nineteenth century has been described as the century of the perversions. According to Michel Foucault, the attempt to define the normal and to regulate aberrant manifestations of the sexual drive resulted not in the repression of the deviant, but rather in the discursive production of a wide range of perverse types and new cultural identities, including the sadist and the masochist, the homosexual, the voyeur, and the fetishist.

It is not by accident that the names of two literary figures, the Marquis de Sade and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, were appropriated by clinical discourse to categorize sexual pathologies. Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Sigmund Freud and many other sexologists drew extensively on literary sources to illustrate their theoretical models. The exchange between literature and science, however, works in both directions: modernist writers, in turn, responded to and frequently revalorized medical and psychiatric models of the perversions.

This conference will explore the specificities of modernist eroticisms and how nineteenth- and early twentieth-century sexological discourses impact on modernist literature. It will also investigate the ways in which the erotic can function as a space for utopian cultural regeneration projects or as a platform for radical transgressions, cultural critique and subversions of existing norms and values.


9.30 Registration
9.45 Anna Katharina Schaffner (Kent): Welcome and Introduction
10.00 Daniela Caselli (Manchester): Whirling down the Vortex of Time: Eroticism and Equivocation in Djuna Barnes
11.00 Coffee
11.30 Elizabeth Boa (Nottingham): Innocent Monsters: The Sexualization of Childhood between Naturalism and Modernism
12.30 Ben Hutchinson (Kent): Modernism and the Erotics of Style
13.30 Lunch (own arrangements)
14.45 Martin Liebscher (London): Confession and Eroticism: From the Confessional to the Couch
15.45 Ritchie Robertson (Oxford): 'Im Anfang war der Leib': Polymorphous Eroticism in the Early Plays of Hans Henny Jahnn
16.45 Tea
17.15 Marion Schmid (Edinburgh): Proust's Theatre of Cruelty
18.15 Concluding Discussion chaired by Shane Weller (Kent)

Further details and registration

To obtain further information and register for the conference, contact Jane Lewin (tel: 020 7862 8966). Please note the closing date for receipt of registrations is Friday, 6 May 2011.

Conference Fees
£35.00 Reduced Rate
£25.00 Student Rate
Reduced Rate: Fully paid-up Friends of Germanic Studies, Friends of Italian Studies, or paying members of the IGRS only
Student Rate: Students with proof of status only

Registration form
How to find us
Where to stay

The conference is sponsored by the
Centre for Modern European Literature
at the University of Kent

Jane Lewin
Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies
University of London School of Advanced Study
Room ST 272, Senate House
Malet Street, GB- London WC1E 7HU
Telephone 0044 (0)20 7862 8966

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