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The Michael Field Centenary Conference: New Directions in Fin de Siècle Studies

11–12 July 2014
Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor Joseph Bristow (UCLA) and Professor Margaret D. Stetz (University of Delaware)

Michael Field (Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper) occupies an increasingly central role as one of the most fascinating figures of the fin de siècle. Following ground-breaking revisionist scholarship of the 1990s which rediscovered Bradley and Cooper's poetry, the last twenty years has seen a major resurgence in work on Michael Field – reflecting Bradley and Cooper's own belief that their work would not be appreciated until sometime in the distant future.

This major international conference will mark the Michael Field Centenary, bringin together world-renowed scholars of fin de siècle literature, poetry, life writing, women's writing and gender and sexuality.

The Michael Field Centenary conference also aims to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity and vitality of new scholarship surrounding Michael Field and fin de siècle literature generally, providing a platform for new voices and perspectives from postgraduate/early career scholars. As the first major Michael Field conference following the 2004 'Michael Field and their World' conference at the University of Delaware, we aim to assess how the 'field' has changed over the last ten years; for example, following the publication of significant works such as Margaret D. Stetz and Cheryl A. Wilson's Michael Field and their World (2007), Marion Thain's 'Michael Field': Poetry, Aestheticism, and the Fin de Siècle (2007), and Sharon Bickle's The Fowl and the Pussycat: Love Letters of Michael Field, 1876–1909 (2008).

More information, including programme, abstracts, and speaker biographies, can be found on the conference website.

Organizers: Dr Ana Parejo Vadillo (Birkbeck, University of London), Dr Sarah Parker (University of Stirling), and Dr Marion Thain (University of Sheffield)

Ana Parejo Vadillo: Michael Field, the Poet