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9th November, 2015

Inventing the Modern Novel

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9th November, 2015
Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, King's Building, Strand Campus
Free, booking required

Inventing the modern novel: Ali Smith and Vesna Goldsworthy in conversation with Lara Feigel

Acclaimed novelists Ali Smith and Vesna Goldsworthy will explore the influence of modernist literature on their own work and interrogate what it might mean to be influenced by modernism.  Is modernism more a period of early-twentieth century art or a set of styles?  If the modernist novel still exists today, is it necessarily formally avant-garde? Does it continue Virginia Woolf’s task of tracing ‘the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall’? Does it employ what TS Eliot termed ‘the mythical method’, as ‘a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history’?

This discussion launches our 2016 Ivan Juritz Prize for Creative Responses to Modernism, open to postgraduates from throughout the UK.  Please see our competition page for more details.

The talk is free and will be followed by a drinks reception, but registration is required via the Eventbrite page.  It is open to the wider public but 150 seats have been set aside for students eligible to enter the competition.

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