On 12th December 2015, the Department of English at KCL will host an international conference themed around strange collaborations and unexpected patterns of literary influence at the turn of the century. This was a fluid and formative era, when disparate writers were brought together by common interests or provisional groupings, even if aesthetic or political questions were to drive them apart in subsequent decades. A particular focus will be interlinked social circles within fin-de-siècle London, and the present need to complicate and blur categoric labels such as ‘aesthetic’, ‘decadent’ and ‘imperialist’. Our keynote speaker will be Professor Ronald Schuchard (Emory University), author of The Last Minstrels: Yeats and the Revival of the Bardic Arts.
We invite proposals for papers from scholars working in Literature, History, Art History, History of Science and related fields. Particularly welcome are papers addressing Rudyard Kipling and W.B. Yeats, two contemporaries whose 150th
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