Event Schedule

27 February 2016

Keynes Library, Birkbeck, School of Arts

9.00 Registration
9.25 Introduction
9.30 Panel 1: Difficulty and Form
Ben Atkins, independent researcher

‘Obscure processes in Prynne’s High Pink on Chrome; modernist agriculture and difficult pastoral versions’

Kristin Grogan,Exeter College, Oxford

‘Silence Sounded Suddenly: The Obscure Sounds of the Late Cantos’

Rona Lorimer, independent researcher

‘”A Cathedral of Erotic Misery”: Clutter and Obscurity in Barnes’ Nightwood

10.50- 11.05 Coffee
11.05 Panel 2: Pseudoscience and the Esoteric
Sam Dolbear, Birkbeck, University of London

Triskaidekaphobic Modernism: Fate, Death, and Numerology’

Sami Sjöberg, University of Helsinki

‘Pataphysics: Literary Encounters at the Edge of Science’

11.55 Keynote: Esther Leslie, Birkbeck, University of London

‘Seeing Through a Glass Obscurely’

12.50-13.50 Lunch break
13.50 Panel 3: The Field of Cultural Production and the Institutions of Art
Tom Bamford, University of Sussex

‘Private and Public Heterogeneities: Secrecy and Elitism in Bataille’

Chris Mourant, Nottingham Trent University

‘Biting the Apple: Olive Moore and Beatrice Hastings’

Leonie Shanks, Birkbeck, University of London

Modernism and the Midwest: Dorothy Richardson, John Cowper Powys and the ‘common readers’ of America’

15.10- 15.25 Coffee
15.25 Panel 4: Obscure Modernists
Charlotte Jones, UCL, University of London

Arnold Bennett and the Abstruse, or, Why realism is more obscure than modernism’

Carole Sweeney, Goldsmiths, University of London

‘Difficult Customers: Christine Brook-Rose and Brigid Brophy’

Nathan Waddell, University of Nottingham

‘Lawrence Atkinson, the “vorticist artist of whom England [has] never heard”’

16.45 Keynote: Ian Patterson, Queens’ College, Cambridge


17.40 Closing remarks