CFP for Latecomers: Anita Brookner Then and Now
by Friday 16 December, 2016
Latecomers: Anita Brookner Then and Now
Presented by The University of Melbourne
Venue: National Gallery of Victoria (International), 17-18 March 2017
The work of Anita Brookner occupies an ambiguous place in the literary field. Brookner has a cult status, was a Booker-Prize winner and best-selling novelist, and yet her work received what she herself deemed ‘censorious’ reviews and limited critical attention. Brookner’s death was accompanied by conflicted accolades that appeared to celebrate her life while restating the predictable (and vexatious) reading of her identity as a lonely, single woman.
In addition to her 24 novels and one novella, Brookner authored a number of art-historical works and was a prolific reviewer of art and literature for over 60 years. The critical reception of Brookner is complicated by the question of how to interpret her work as an historian of eighteenth- an nineteenth-century French art. In a 1984 interview, Brookner explicitly denied a connection between her fictional and critical oeuvres, while at other times she spoke more openly about an intertextual literary practice, the significance of Romanticism in contemporary life, and her belief in unconscious processes.
Associate Professor Patricia Juliana Smith, Hofstra University
Professor Peter McPhee, The University of Melbourne
Call for papers
We invite papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:
Brookner’s art-historical oeuvre
Brookner and the French Revolution
Gender and sexuality
Anachronism, temporality and periodisation
The early novels, the middle period, the late period