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Defending the Literary

 Defending the Literary: From Cervantes to Coetzee

A One-Day Symposium in Honour of Professor Michael Bell 

Saturday, 20th September 2008

The Studio, Capital Centre, Milburn House, University of Warwick


To honour Professor Michael Bell on the occasion of his retirement, the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies will hold a one-day conference with lectures on subjects reflecting his interests.

All those wishing to attend are invited to register with the Departmental Secretary (download Registration Form here).

Provisional Programme

9.30 Registration and Coffee

10.00 Professor Claude Rawson (English, Yale):  “‘The Amorous Effect of “Brass"': Showing, Telling and Money in Emma

10.55 Coffee

11.10 Professor Ritchie Robertson (German, Oxford):  “Wilhelm Meister’s Extended Family: The German Bildungsroman and the European Novel”

12.05 Dr Peter Poellner (Philosophy, Warwick):  “Post-Nietzschean Modernism: Musil's The Man without Qualities

1.00  Buffet Lunch

2.00 Dr Fiona Becket (English, Leeds): “Lawrence and Green Cultural Critique”

2.45 Professor Ed Larrissy (English, Queen’s Belfast): “Reading Poetry”

3.30 Tea

3.45 Professor Michael Wood (Comparative Literature, Princeton): “Strange Deaths: Fictions of History in Some Modern Writers”

4.40 Professor Michael Bell: “Magical Realism Revisited: Between History and Poetry”

5.30 Drinks Reception

Presentation to Professor Michael Bell, introduced by Professor Bernard Bergonzi

For further information on the conference, see the Department’s website, or contact the Departmental Secretary, Miss Tina Bailey. +44 (0)24 76 523323.  Conference organisers: Professor Peter Mack, Professor Karen O’Brien, Dr. Michael John Kooy.