UCL English Graduates: Intersections

Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique … point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again.” - Herman Hesse

“I give away myself to you, and dote upon the exchange.” - William Shakespeare

“For me, a poem is the crossroads of my thoughts, my feelings, my imaginings, my wishes, & my verbal sense: normally these run parallel.” - Philip Larkin

Image from Selected Letters of Philip Larkin, ed. Anthony Thwaite (Faber and Faber, 1992) 

9 MARCH 2012

Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, Senate House, University of London

Jointly sponsored by the English Department and the School of European Languages and Cultures at University College London. 

The Intersections conference aims to solicit a range of papers united by a common view of literature as built upon collaboration, influence, and interchange. Unique literary experiences occur at 'point[s] at which the world's phenomena intersect': these points might be located in the confrontation between literature and science, at a crossroads in a literary landscape, or on a page annotated by its readers. We hope that delegates will relish this opportunity to interrogate such diverse types of intersection both with and within English literature.

The conference will take place at the Institute of English Studies at Senate House, and will occur in conjunction with a Royal Holloway sponsored lecture by Jacques Rancière, whose work on intercultural exchange has changed scholarly understanding of the intersection between politics and art.


Registration: Room G22/26: Senate House Ground Floor, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


Panel 1a: Early Modern Period Intersections

  Kit Kumiko Toda (University College London): '"Profound Kinships" - Seneca, Chapman, Eliot'
  Peter Auger (University of Oxford): 'Poetry by Rote: Ritual in Edward Browne's Sacred Poems (1641)'
  Roberta Klimt (University College London); ' "He that Attis' image hangs between": the symbol as intersection in Yeats and Marvell'
  Panel 1b: Visual Intersections: Art, Literature, Culture 
  Thomas Overton (King's College London): ' "Art and Property Now": The British Library's John Berger Archive'
  Sarah Lee (Goldsmiths College): 'Imagist and Vorticist Poetic Reactions towards Italian Futurism, 1912-16' 
  Seungyeon Syeon Gabrielle Jung (Ewha Womans University, Seoul); ' "Visual Translation: pushing the boundaries of literature and cultural understanding'
11.15am Coffee break
11.30am Panel 2a: Science and Cognition: Intersecting the Psyche 
  William Kherbek (Birkbeck College): 'Romantism Mirrors: John Ashbery and the Romantic Roots of Cognitive Literary Perspectives'
  Michael Flexer (University of Leeds): ' "Why do you not then sh.....?": Schreber's system of not-finishing-a-sentence, and the constraints of co-authorship in schizophrenic memoirs'

Matthew Franks (Harvard University): 'Spontaneous human combustion: the intersection of scientific truth and the unknown in the realist novel' 

  Panel 2b: Modern and Contemporary Intersections
  Will Bowers (University College London): ' "When you're standing at the crossroads/That you cannot comprehend": How we read Bob Dylan'
  Eva Van Loenen (University of Southampton): 'Examining Religion through Literature, Case Study: "The Chosen" by Chaim Potok'
  Amy Cutler (Royal Holloway): ' "Treed to a wild junction": forest intersections in modern British poetry'
12.45pm Lunch provided 
1.30pm Panel 3a: Constructing Dialogues, Reading Narratives 
  Valeria Tsygankova (School of Advanced Studies): 'A History of Enthusiasm: Susan Howe reads Herman Melville's reading' 
  Whitney Trump (Stanford University): 'Writing Together Against Each Other: the Stories of Charles Chesnutt and Joel Chandler Harris'
  Raphael Koenig (Harvard University): 'Unruly Genius? Sir Walter Scott vs. E.T.A. Hoffmann'
  Panel 3b: Literary Intersections in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries
  Andrea Selleri (University of Warwick): 'Oscar Wilde's Poetic Voices: The Case of Poems'
  Ping-Ta Ku (University College London): 'Mrs. Cohen's Whorehouse at the Rooftop Theatre' 
  Eric Rundquist (University of Nottingham): 'Ambiguous voice in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse'
3.00pm Panel 4a: Critical Theory and Intellectual History 
  Imogen Forbes-Macphail (University of Western Australia): 'Post-Modern Medievalisms: Reviving Medieval Literary Theory in the Information Age'
  James Everest (Queen Mary): '"Critical detachment": working in the intersections of English studies and social and intellectual history'

Aakash Suchak (University of Sussex): ' "The Re-mark of belonging does not belong": Image, Genre and Derrida's Theory of Supplement in Woolf's Orlando: A Biography'

  Panel 4b: Culture and Oppression: International Intersections
  Chisomo Kalinga (King's College London): 'When Cultures Collide: Comparing Gay Literature and African Literature of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic'
  Alice Meyer (Royal Holloway): ' "Come, my friends/'Tis not too late to seek a newer world": Imperial discourse in the poetry of 19th century South Africa'
  Lia Deromedi (Royal Holloway): 'The Intersection of Adult Narrator and Child Character in the Holocaust Novel'
4.15pm Coffee break
4.30pm Panel 5a: Collaboration and Allusion 
  Erin Johnson (University of Oxford): 'Male Homosocial Bonds and Sibling Rivalry in the Collaborative Early Writing of Charlotte and Branwell Brontë'
  Dominic McLoughlin (Royal Holloway): ' "Dear Friend": a creative and critical meeting point between Elizabeth Bishop and Gerard Manley Hopkins'
  William Weber (Yale University): 'Authorship and Allusion: Attributing Titus Andronicus IV.i' 
  Panel 5b: Intersecting Identities: Life Writing, Childhood, and Society 
  Becky Varley-Winter (University of Cambridge): 'Childhood visions in the work of Max Ernst, Walter Benjamin, Virginia Woolf, and H.D.'
  Julia Tejblum (Harvard University): 'Wordsworth and Satanic Autobiography'
  Margaret Deli (Yale University): 'Seeing as Survival: Edith Wharton and the Custom of Connoisseurship'
6.00pm All participants and delegates are invited to attend the lecture by Jacques Rancière (Université de Paris, St Denis):
' "Modernity" Revisited'
7.15pm Wine reception, sponsored by the Humanities and Arts Research Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London

The School of Advanced Study is part of the central University of London. The School takes its responsibility to visitors with special needs very seriously and will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to its facilities in order to accommodate the needs of such visitors. If you have a particular requirement, please feel free to discuss it confidentially with the organiser in advance of the event taking place.

Enquiries: Events Officer, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; tel +44 (0) 207 664 4859; Email: IESEvents@sas.ac.uk