Wyndham Lewis: Networks, Dialogues and Communities

30 November – 1 December 2012

Institute of English Studies, University of London, Senate House 

Image: Wyndham Lewis Self-Portrait, 1911. Courtesy of the Courtauld Gallery at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where it is on display as part of a dedicated Lewis room.

Plenary Speakers: Dr Sara Crangle, University of Sussex; Dr David James, University of Nottingham; Professor Scott Klein, Wake Forest University, USA

This conference's remit is to explore the numerous ways in which the modernist writer and painter Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) belonged to cultural networks of influence and inheritance.

Dedicated Lewis scholarship has during the past decade shown how key a part Lewis played in various communities of his time (e.g. the early twentieth-century avant-garde, ‘little magazine' culture, and modernist sociality) as well as how many important contributions he made to an impressive variety of intellectual traditions and critical practices (e.g. ethnology, political theorizing, Semitism, Bergsonism, cinema scholarship, nihilism, and postmodernism, among others).

In all this, Lewis was a profoundly dialogic thinker; his writings are suffused with quotations of, and references to, other figures (from previous eras as well as his own). This aspect of Lewis's writing forces responsible accounts of his significance to take into consideration the numerous ways in which Lewis positioned himself as a relational thinker and creator, not to mention the complexities of the lines of influence upon subsequent generations to which his creative energies gave rise.

Organisers: Dr Nathan Waddell, University of Nottingham (wyndhamlewis2012@hotmail.co.uk), Louise Kane, De Montfort University.

This conference is sponosred by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art




This conference is closed.

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