Please see below for the Call for Papers for the Burney Society’s 2016 conference, which will take place in Durham in July next year and will be focused on Burney and Popular Entertainments.
Conference of the Burney Society
St Chad’s College, Durham University, 4-6 July 2016
Burney and Popular Entertainments: the business of pleasure in Late-Georgian Britain
Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers on the subject of ‘Burney and Popular Entertainments: the business of pleasure in Late-Georgian Britain’
Frances Burney grew up at the centre of a vibrant metropolitan cultural scene, and was part of a network of musicians, writers, actors and artists whose careers depended on a culture of consumption, both imaginative and material. This was the world she evoked in her novels, plays and journals and this conference builds on the movement in Burney scholarship toward greater contextualisation of her work. The conference centres around entertainment, with the conference programme itself featuring a range of entertainments, including an excursion to a site of local interest, and the world premiere of Burney’s play Love and Fashion, which will be performed by Durham Student Theatre. The conference’s keynote address will be given by Harriet Guest, Professor Emerita of Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of …read more