• 24 juin 2021 > 25 juin 2021
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This international conference explores the diversity of connections, inspirations and influences in the work of modernist writer, May Sinclair (1863-1946). It will be held online on 24-25 June 2021.

Many reviewers and critics have shown that May Sinclair’s modernism was not so much a derivation of other contemporary aesthetics but was rather a product of her idiosyncratic articulation of her many research interests and experiences. In addition, “the interdisciplinarity of Sinclair’s output […] eludes straightforward categorisation and this has arguably contributed to the traditional critical neglect of her writing” (Bowler & Drewery 2016, 1). As May Sinclair is now gaining critical legitimacy, this conference seeks to explore Sinclair’s texts and contexts and aims to shed light on her place in literary history and on her contribution to “the radical modernist challenge to traditional assumptions about what it means to be human” (Bowler & Drewery 2016, 14).


Program :

Thursday 24 June

10:00: Welcome Address

10:15-11:15: May Sinclair between the Victorians and the Modernists
Chair: Florence Marie
Georges Letissier – “The Innocence of the Eye”: May Sinclair’s Reversed Case Study of the Brontës.
Maria Juko – Jessie Boucherett’s Smilesian Gentlewomen in May Sinclair’s Three Sisters.

15-minute break

11:30-12:30 Memory and Aftermath
Chair: Isabelle Brasme
Andrew Frayn – “Odd how the War changes us”: May Sinclair, domesticity and war
Jana Funke – “Nothing is lost”: May Sinclair, Inherited Memory and Impersonality.

Lunch break

14:00-15:00 Critical Networks
Chair: Shalini Sengupta
Isabelle Brasme – May Sinclair, Modernist Critic.
Stella Deen – May Sinclair and the Network of Women Writer-Critics.

15-minute break

15:15-16:15 Mysticism
Chair: Claire Drewery
Christine Battersby – With Schopenhauer at the Belgian Front: May Sinclair's War Journal and Related Texts
James Thrall – Agency and the Modern Mysticism of May Sinclair.


Friday 25 June

9:30- 11:00 Woman in/of letters
Chair: Rebecca Bowler
Philippa Martindale – “Swimming on the top of this wave”: May Sinclair, Her Life in Letters
Suzana Zink – “Miss Sinclair’s Sparkles”: May Sinclair in Contemporary Newspapers
Sanna Schyllert – “‘Don’t have anything to do with them,’ she said”: May Sinclair as a fictional character.

15-minute break

11:15-12:45 Aesthetic Networks
Chair: Sanna Schyllert
Emma Liggins – Women writing the uncanny in the 1920s: May Sinclair, Clemence Dane and Elizabeth Bowen.
Shalini Sengupta – Broken Gifts: May Sinclair, Modernism, and the Motif of Exchange.
Khalid Chaouch - May Sinclair and her Illustrators/Co-Authors?

Lunch break

14:00-15:00 Treading New Ground
Chair: Georges Letissier
Milena Schwab-Graham – “Sharp, queer, uncertain happiness”: Walking as feminist “affective militancy” in May Sinclair’s Mary Oliver.
Faye Pickrem – The Anatomy of Agency in May Sinclair

15-minute break

15:15-16:45 KEYNOTE LECTURE: EDITING MAY SINCLAIR
Rebecca Bowler and Claire Drewery
Chair: Leslie de Bont