School of English

Thinking through Fiction

Conference programme

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DAY 1     Tuesday 21st June
Registration at 10.30am

Panel 1: Thinking past history: history, fiction and fact, fragments and gaps

  • Angelina Lesniewski: Representation Through Fiction: Women of the Russian Revolutionary Movement (University of Kent)
  • Emma Venables: Disarticulating German Women's History Through Fiction (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Alex Martin-Carey: Pacifism, faith and the activist novel (University of Kent)
  • Sophie Hardach: The Painted Past: Images and Memory in 20th-century Germany

Panel 2: Finding new forms: breaking binaries and boundaries

  • CJ Atkinson: Who live, who dies, who tells your story?: creativity in the critical, criticising the creative (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • Livia Franchini: Loud Voices: writing contemporary female identities through fragmentation (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • Dr Sarah Jackson: Creative-Critical Correspondence: An Address (Nottingham Trent University)

Panel 3: Thinking Fiction through other forms: ekphrasis and other models

  • Chris Scott: Polytextual fiction: planes, trains, and hemiolas of thought (University of Kent)
  • João Faustino: (Mis)understanding Bach: fiction, art and resistance (University of Warwick)
  • Michael Lawton: The Story of the Third Object (University of Kent)
  • Dr Jonathan Walker: Photography and Modernist Theories of Consciousness (University of Kent)

Forum: Crossing the Great Divide: The Creative-Critical Conundrum in UK Higher Education

A discussion forum with a paper by Dr Ruth Gilligan (University of Birmingham); Scarlett Thomas as respondent/chair

Round Table: The Novel of Ideas in contemporary fiction (open to all)

With novelists Andrew Crumey, Lars Iyer, Sarah Moss and Joanna Kavenna; chaired by Amy Sackville

Drinks reception followed by an evening event of readings and buffet dinner at The Parrot, Church Lane, Canterbury

DAY 2     Wednesday 22nd June
Coffee at 9.30am

Panel 4: Analogies of Creation: the process and experience of writing and reading

  • Steve M. Noyes: How to do all things: Novel-writing as (New Age?) Religious Practice (University of Kent)
  • Tania Hershman: Thinking about particle physics through fiction and poetry and vice versa (Bath Spa University)
  • Zayneb Allak: Spider Fiction: Tsuchigumo and the old lady who swallowed a spider (Nottingham Trent University)
  • Dr Naomi Booth: The Poetics of Passing Out: Thinking through the Swoon (York St John University)

Round Table: Permission to Write

DF Berkowitz, Emma Green and Beatrice Hitchman (Bath Spa University)

Panel 5: Fiction and Place: Culture, Subject, Genre and Form

  • Jodie Kim: As we stumble off into neon nights: My Southern Gothic Life or Novel or Both (University of Manchester)
  • Joe Thomas: The anti-crime novel and the transnational writer: representations of trauma and the city in the work of David Peace
    (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Professor Wendy Parkins: Tūrangawaewae: Fictions of Self and Place (University of Kent)

Panel 6: Thinking of readers: world-building and the suspension of disbelief

  • Charlotte Geater: Experimental forms/Experimental selves: fanfiction as art and community (University of Kent)
  • Dr Stephanie Rennick: Metaphysical Dystropia: A New Philosophical Methodology (University of Cardiff)
  • Dr Jeremy Scott: Worlds from words: cognitive poetics and creative practice (University of Kent)

Panel 7: Thinking thought: Idea, narrator, character, narration

  • Rachael Thomas: Into the Island (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • Edward Greenwood: Tolstoy as a Philosopher in War and Peace (University of Kent)
  • Pablo Ruano: A Corpus-Based Approach to Direct Thought Presentation in Dickens's Novels (University of Birmingham)

Keynote: Scarlett Thomas (University of Kent) (open to all)



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