CfP: Marilyn Butler and the War of Ideas (Chawton House Library, 11-12 December 2015)

By Matthew Sangster

Please see below for a Call for Papers for a conference commemorating the life and work of Marilyn Butler, which Linda Bree and Gillian Dow are organising at Chawton House Library in December.

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Marilyn Butler and the War of Ideas: A Commemorative Conference at Chawton House Library

December 11-12, 2015

Keynote Speakers: Professor Jim Chandler (University of Chicago) and Professor Heather Glen (University of Cambridge)

Professor Marilyn Butler (1937-2014), leading scholar of English literature, and latterly Rector of Exeter College, University of Oxford, was the author of paradigm-shifting books and articles, and a patron of Chawton House Library, which will host this conference in her honour. Butler’s research set up new directions in literary criticism of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and her editions of women writers enabled subsequent generations of scholars to access these important texts in newly fruitful ways. Marilyn Butler’s important work on Maria Edgeworth – biographical, critical, editorial – seeded new scholarship in the field of Irish romanticism.

In this fortieth anniversary year of the first publication of Butler’s Jane Austen and the War of Ideas (1975), we invite papers that both commemorate her scholarship, and move discussion forward in the twenty-first century. We welcome papers on any aspect …read more