19. May 2021 - 9:00
UNSW Sydney, Sydney
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Literary Juvenilia, material imagination, and 'things' | Wednesday, 19. May 2021

The 7th International Literary Juvenilia Conference: Literary Juvenilia, material imagination, and 'things'. 20 May - Saturday 23 May 2020.

About this Event

The Seventh International Literary Juvenilia Conference will be held at UNSW Sydney from Wednesday 20 May to Saturday 23 May 2020.

Following the success of the 2018 conference on ‘Minority Voices’ at St. John’s College, University of Durham, the International Society of Literary Juvenilia (ISLJ) and Juvenilia Press, welcome you to UNSW Sydney for a conference to discuss Literary Juvenilia, material imagination and ‘things’.

Young writers ranging from Pope, Chatterton and Burns in the eighteenth century, to Austen, the Brontës, Eliot and Dickens in the nineteenth, and Edith Wharton, C.S. Lewis, Judith Wright and J.K. Rowling in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have found inspiration and example in the everyday context of their writing practice—in a materiality related to their physical, social and cultural worlds and in the material conditions of their play, learning, imitation and critique. This conference will explore the material culture of juvenilia (youthful writing up to the age of twenty): the relationship between ‘things’ and literary imagination and practice.

The conference aims to provide a broad intellectual forum for academics, postgraduates, members of literary societies and the interested public.

There will be a panel dedicated to the juvenilia of the Brontës, especially that of Anne Brontë to acknowledge her 2020 Bicentenary, sponsored by the Australian Brontë Association.

Conference organisers:

  • Christine Alexander, Emeritus Scientia Professor, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW
  • Chris Danta, Associate Professor, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW
  • Donna Couto, Administration & Assistant Editor, Juvenilia Press, UNSW
  • Ryan Twomey, Senior Lecturer, English Department, Macquarie University
  • Pamela Nutt, Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney


JUVENILIA PRESS: http://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/juvenilia/