Reframing Ekphrasis Programme

We are delighted to invite you to the first King’s College London Comparative Literature Graduate conference. Please email to register stating your name and the days you will be attending. Attendance is free and all are welcome!

“Reframing Ekphrasis”
King’s College London Comparative Literature Conference
8-9 November 2012

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephen Cheeke (Bristol) –
‘Transfiguration: Nineteenth-Century Ekphrasis’

Thurs. 8  November: 12.30 – 4.30, Room S8.08, King’s College London, Strand Campus

12.30 – 1.00: Registration and coffee

1.00 – 2.30: Panel 1: Classical to Early Modern Ekphrasis

– Daisy Dunn (UCL/Warburg Institute) – ‘Integrating Ekphrasis from Classical Text to Renaissance Image: Achilles Tatius Re-mastered’

– Stanislaus Kuttner-Homs (University of Caen) – ‘Beyond the Veil: Ekphrasis as Literary Empowerment in the De signis of Niketas Choniates’

– Beatrice Wilford (KCL) – ‘Adaptation as Ekphrasis: Derek Jarman’s Edward II

2.30 – 2.45: Break

2.45 – 4.15: Panel 2: Ekphrasis in Practice

– Angelina Ayers (Sheffield Hallam) – ‘Experiments in Ekphrasis’

– Rebecca Roach (Oxford) – ‘Through the Keyhole: Writers, Rooms and Representation’

– Joanne Brueton (UCL) – ‘“Toi et Sartre vous m’avez statufié”: Space, Art and Resistance in Jean Genet and Louise Bourgeois’

Friday 9 November: 9.00 – 6.00, River Room, King’s College London, Strand Campus

9.00 – 9.30: Registration, opening remarks, coffee

9.30 – 11.00: Panel 1: Ekphrasis at Play: Dialogues, Dialectics and Abstractions

– Pauline Eaton (Birkbeck) – ‘Marie NDiaye and Turner: A Silent Yet Complex dialogue Between Visual Image and Textual Narrative in La Naufragée

– Natalia Font (Exeter) – ‘Interrogating the Ekphrastic Ambivalence: Angela Carter and Marosa di Giorgio’

– Kate Symondson (KCL) – ‘Abstract Literature: Conrad’s Innovations in Representation’

11.00 – 11.15: Break

11.15 – 12.00: Keynote Speech – Dr. Stephen Cheeke (Bristol) – ‘Transfiguration: Nineteenth-Century Ekphrasis’

12.00 – 1.00: Lunch (own arrangements)

1.15 – 2.45: Panel 2: Ekphrastic Stasis and Movement

– Claudia Tobin (Bristol) – ‘Nothing is really statically at rest’: DH Lawrence, Cézanne and the Still Life’

– Amanda Cornwall (University of Oregon) – ‘Ut pictura poesis in George Elliot’s Middlemarch

– Dr. Lynsey McCulloch (Coventry) – ‘The Images Move in a Dance: Animated Statuary and Ekphrastic Motion in the Early Modern Masque’

2.45 – 3.00: Break

3.00 – 4.30: Panel 3: Postcolonial Ekphrases

– Isil Cihan – ‘In the Light of New Ekphrastic Poetics: A Reading of My Name is Red

– Dr. Sheetal Majithia (NYU Abu Dhabi) – ‘Postcolonial Ekphrasis and the Politics of the Rushdie Affair’

– Dr. Andrew Miller (University of Copenhagen) – ‘Dabydeen’s Turner: Reframing the Aura’

4.30 – 6.00: Panel 4: Subjectivity, the Senses, and Ekphrasis

– Dr. Alison Fisch Katz (Jerusalem College of Engineering) – ‘In Pursuit of a Full Aesthetic: Ekphrasis in Tess of D’Urbervilles’

– Nina Shiel (Dublin City University) – ‘The Senses and Sensuality of Ekphrasis from the Painting to the Pixel’

– Christine Fouirnaies (Oxford) – ‘Soul Mirrors and Dead Ends: Ekphrastic Portraits in The Idiot, The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge

6.00: Wine reception

7.30: Dinner at Bedford and Strand Restaurant, Bedford St

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