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Ergebnisanzeige "Modernist Eroticisms"
RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelModernist Eroticisms
BeschreibungModernist Eroticisms
20 May 2011, IGRS in London
The deadline for registration is Friday, 6 May 2011

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) or visit the website at 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

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

Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner
Lecturer in Comparative Literature
Co-Director of the Centre for Modern European Literature
School of European Culture and Languages
University of Kent

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