Monday 22 August – Friday 26 August 2016.

Modernist Non-fictional Narratives of Modernism


The aim of the seminar will be to focus on the non-fictional writings – essays, diaries, letters, etc. – of the modernist period by canonical writers or less famous ones and to explore the way in which they construct modernism. Are the paradigms they shape the same as those now regarded as modernist paradigms – the ordinary, the unspectacular; the event, etc. What version do they give of them? What other paradigms do they put forward? What narratives do these modernist non-fictional writings provide of modernism and how do they compare with the narratives of modernism provided by critical theory?


Individual proposals should be sent to the two conveners:

David Bradshaw, Worcester College, Oxford University, UK

david.bradshaw (at)


Christine Reynier, University Paul-Valéry Montpellier3-EMMA, France

christine.reynier (at)

by 28 February 2016.