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Defending the Literary

Saturday 20 September - The Studio, CAPITAL Centre, Milburn House

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

The provisional programme is as follows:

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

Anyone who wishes to attend is invited to register with the Departmental Secretary using the form available on the event website. For any further information on the conference contact the Departmental Secretary, Miss Tina Bailey on +44 (0)24 76 523323 or

Conference organisers: Professor Peter Mack, Professor Karen O’Brien, Dr. Michael John Kooy.