Embodying Literary Celebrity in Multiple Media

Date: 18 September 2014 Time: 01.00 pm

Venue: Lancaster House Hotel conference centre

How have authors - as opposed to their works - been canonized or otherwise written into the cultural fabric of society from the late eighteenth century to today? Our research papers look at cultural phenomena as diverse as stately architecture, literary frontispieces, and silent film in an attempt to understand how authors' physical bodies are popularly related to their literary corpus, and how both are made tangible for posterity. Our collaborative workshop brings together published authors, literary mediators and academics embedded in the creative sector to explore the challenge of being a contemporary author in different social and media environments. We also have a special session planned to help early career academics develop and critique creative interdisciplinary research ideas within literary studies.

18 September 2014

Research papers: Multimedia Embodiments of Literary Celebrity in the Long Nineteenth Century

13:00 Registration - buffet lunch available

13:45 Welcome and introduction to the project

14:00 Tom Mole: Scott in Stone, Byron in Bronze

14:45 Kamilla Elliott: Intersemiotic and intermedial representations of British literary authors in the long nineteenth century

15:30 Refreshments

16:00 Jessica Goodman: 'La gloire, l'ornement et les bienfaiteurs de la France': celebrating the man of letters in late eighteenth-century dialogues of the dead

16:45 Andrew Piper: The Werther Effect: Topologies of Literary Fame

17:45 Open discussion

19:00 Dinner

19 September 2014

9:30-12:30 The Creative Researcher: New Interdisciplinary Approaches within Literary Studies

With Charles Forsdick, Tom Mole, and Andrew Piper

In the first part of this session we will explore what 'interdisciplinarity', 'literary studies' and 'digital humanities' mean within the contemporary research landscape. In the second part of the session, we will examine case studies of successful and unsuccessful bids that broadly fall under the remit of literary studies, as well as considering how to deal with unexpected or unwanted outcomes that can accompany out-of-the-box thinking. Participants should also expect to discuss their own research plans, and are warmly invited to bring a 150 word abstract for a creative research project for which they would like to receive feedback within a supportive environment.

1:00-2:30 Buffet lunch and networking

2:30-5:30 Managing the Media: 'Making it' as an Author in the UK

Including Jenn Ashworth (author and Lecturer in Creative Writing), Carol Birch (author), Andy Darby (former artistic director of Lancaster Litfest), Jim Hinks (editor, Comma Press), and Karen Leeder (translator, poet, and Professor in German Literature)

This afternoon session begins with a round table featuring published literary authors, mediators within the creative sector, and academic-translators. Speakers will share their insights into the role of the author's biographical person within the literary industry, as well as debate the nature of the industry processes that lie behind the discovery and promotion of new literary talent. In the second part of the afternoon, audience participants will work together to reflect on what 'making it' and 'being an author' mean in different media and institutional contexts.

Event website: http://www.authorsandtheworld.com


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Rebecca Braun, Robert Crawshaw, Kamilla Elliott (English and Creative Writing), Allyson Fiddler, Graham Mort (English and Creative Writing), Johann Unger (Linguistics and English Language)

Associated projects: The Author and the World: New Interdisciplinary Approaches to Authorship

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research, English and Creative Writing, European Languages and Cultures, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Linguistics and English Language