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The 44th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900


University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

February 18-20, 2016

Pamela Kaye Wright, chair (pamela.wright@tamuk.edu)


Critical papers may be submitted on any topic that addresses the work of D.H. Lawrence, and its relationship with other arts and disciplines (film, journalism, opera, music, pop culture, painting, architecture, law, etc).

By August 29, please send 300-word abstracts (double-spaced and titled) to Pamela Wright, D.H. Lawrence Society of North America, at pamela.wright@tamuk.edu.


at Paris Ouest University

Excess, Madness, Vision

 31 March-2 April 2016

 Call for papers

   Critics have often referred, positively or negatively, to the various forms of excess to be found in Lawrence’s writings.  While some mention the “exuberant merits” of his style, praising the emotional intensity of his works, others blame him for being too prolix, too pompous, too repetitive, too frank about sex and speak disapprovingly of his “hectic descriptions” and the “Gargantuan passions” of his characters. At the beginning of his Study of Thomas Hardy, Lawrence himself elaborated a theory of excess, which is both the very illustration of excess and one of his most visionary texts.  It is the lack of vision, the foolishness or the madness of his contemporaries,  that led Lawrence to moralize and philosophize so passionately and obstinately. His denunciation of the apocalyptic madness of the war, of all the evils of society, including money worship and sexual repression, brought him the dubious reputation of preacher or would-be prophet. The notions of excess, madness or vision take on various connotations in the depiction of the characters of his novels and stories. These same notions or forces also animate his poetry and are also seminal to his more directly and unguardedly personal discourse as a poet or letter-writer. Excess and madness are sometimes associated with frustration, anger, suffering or intense emotion, even with rapture; vision may mean either illusion or farsightedness and can be correlated with dreams and desire. In all cases, the terms suggest a breaking loose from the shackles of control or limitations, a leap into the unknown in the quest for self-fulfillment or, at the collective level, a better state of society. In his poem “New Heaven and New Earth,” Lawrence uses this striking combination of words: “I was greedy, I was mad for the unknown.”


  For the 2016 D.H. Lawrence conference, to be held at Paris Ouest University next spring, participants are invited to interrogate these three notions, whether separately or by way of their possible interconnection in Lawrence’s works. Here are some possible lines of inquiry which can be taken up, in relation to the topic:

- The Dionysian strain in Lawrence’s fiction and poems, Nietzsche’s influence.

- The supernatural, the superhuman as a flight from the real.

- Madness and the search for a new normality.

- Insight, vision and utopia; the writer as seer.

- The stylistic and narrative implications of a theory of excess; associated tropes.

- Individual and collective madness.

- The polysemy and various collocations of the words madness and vision.

- Lawrence and his affinities with other visionary and antinomian critics of rationalist “normality”.

-The 1960s rereading of Lawrence in relation to the categories of madness, vision, excess, normality, adaptation. 


This list is of course not exhaustive.


The deadline for proposals is 15 November 2015.  Priority will be given to proposals received before the deadline, but we will continue to accept proposals until 1 December 2015.

Please send a 200 word abstract to Ginette Roy  ginette.katz.roy@gmail.com or roy@u-paris10.fr

This conference is organized by the Centre de Recherches Anglophones of Paris Ouest University in partnership with the “Texts and Cultures” Research Centre of Artois University.


Organizing Committee :

Ginette Roy, Cornelius Crowley, Stephen Rowley.


Link to our journal Etudes Lawrenciennes : http://anglais.u-paris10.fr/spip.php?rubrique56

A few numbers of the journal are now on line: lawrence.revues.org/




International D.H. Lawrence Conference St Ives Cornwall 12-14, September 2016

(to commemorate the centenary of
D.H. Lawrence’s move to Zennor)

“Outside England…Far off from the world”: 
D.H. Lawrence, Cornwall and Regional Modernism

CAll:  We particularly welcome abstracts that consider all aspects of D.H. Lawrence’s responses to place, either pastoral or city and especially to Cornwall, but also invite papers on other related topics that focus on the significance of place in the modernist period, which may include but are not limited to;

Consideration of how perceptions of particular places can alter in reaction to traumatic events such as war

            The construction of place as the Other

Differences between literary interpretations of place and the lived experience of the inhabitants of that place

            The conflict between the pastoral and the city in modernist experience and writing

The impact of outsiders into rural communities

Groupings of literary, political or cultural figures that were encouraged by specific locations or any consequences of these associations

The relationship between place and the literary form

The tensions between class/race/gender and pastoral/city places

Literary interpretations of the connections between history and place

The relevance of place in attempts to find a more hopeful future


Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words for proposed 25 minute papers to dhlcornwall@btinternet.com

 cfp deadline: 1 December 2015  successful applicants will be notified by 1 February 2016.

 There will be an opportunity for selected papers to be published in a special conference edition of the journal of the D.H. Lawrence Society.

 Further information regarding the conference is available at



 In terms of Lawrence’s response to place and the effect that specific places had on his imagination and creativity, after the Midlands, Zennor in Cornwall is the most important location in the United Kingdom. Thus, as 2016 will see the centenary of Lawrence’s move to Zennor, it would seem particularly fitting that the University of Exeter will mark that event with an international academic conference to be held in the picturesque seaside town of St Ives – a place that in the twentieth century attracted numerous highly regarded artists and one that Lawrence knew and visited frequently as it is close to Zennor.

The conference will take place at the Tregenna Castle Hotel, which overlooks the sea and has plenty of parking. Travelling to St Ives is straightforward. Trains from London Paddington towards Penzance stop at St Erth where you change onto the frequent branch line service to St Ives and can enjoy one of the most magical train journeys in Britain along the coast into St Ives. Alternatively, Flybe offers flights from London Gatwick – and many other cities in the UK and Europe - to Newquay in Cornwall, when it is then only a short journey by train or car to St Ives. The Tregenna Castle Hotel offers both residential and self-catering accommodation and is only a short walk from St Ives where there is plenty of accommodation to suit all pockets. There is also accommodation in Zennor, a few miles away by car along one of the most scenic roads in Britain, where you could choose to stay, as Lawrence did, in the local pub The Tinner’s Arms. Bed and Breakfast is also offered at Tremedda Farm (close to Higher Tregerthen), and at the Zennor Chapel Guesthouse.

The title of the conference, whilst reflecting Lawrence’s thoughts about Cornwall, also indicates the organisers intention to focus on Lawrence’s response to Cornwall, the contrasts between that and his reaction to other places - both pastoral and cities- within the United Kingdom and the relationship between Lawrence’s presentation of these places and that of other modernists.  A call for papers will be circulated in summer 2015 when a website will be launched with more detailed information.

In the meantime, for any further information please contact the conference organisers, Jane Costin jane.costin@btinternet.com or Jim Kelly  J.Kelly@exeter.ac.uk




SAMLA 87th Annual Conference: In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts
Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center, Durham NC
November 13-15, 2015

Katherine Toy Miller, Chair (mkaattoy@gmail.com)
D. H. Lawrence: The Art of Living Through the Arts
Papers should explore connections between D. H. Lawrence's writing and his participation in and/or reflections on other arts, specifically film, painting, music, and/or Native American dancing. By June 15, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Katherine Toy Miller, D. H. Lawrence Society of North America, at mkaattoy@gmail.com . Current SAMLA membership and conference registration are required to participate in the conference.

CFP:  DUE June 15, 2015

Modern Language Association meetings in Austin, Texas, Jan. 7-10, 2016. 


Four events are sponsored by the DHLSNA at the MLA16 in Austin, Texas

The DHLSNA will offer two panels at the MLA convention in Austin, Texas, Jan. 8-10, 2016.  The first panel, co-sponsored by DHLSNA and the Society for Textual Scholarship, will be presented on Friday, Jan. 8, on “Lawrence, Editions, and Critical Renewal” (#264), 10:15–11:30 a.m. 

1. "Studying Works, Studying Versions: D. H. Lawrence," Paul R. Eggert, Loyola Univ., Chicago

2. "From the Pueblos to Cambridge," Virginia Hyde, Washington State Univ., Pullman

3. "Reading Backwards," Ana Maria Jimenez-Moreno, Univ. of Notre Dame

Nancy L. Paxton, President of the DHLSNA, will preside.

We look forward to an engaging conversation about how the publication of the Cambridge editions has affected the scholarship on Lawrence's writing.

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The second session, arranged by the DHLSNA, will be held on Sunday, January 10, “Lawrence and ‘Native’ Encounters(#829), 1:45–3:00 p.m.


1. "Close Proximity: D. H. Lawrence, New Mexico Pueblo Tribes, and 1920s Pan-Tribal Activism," Julianne Newmark, University of New Mexico

2. "Red Wolf: Totem, Taboo, and Topophilia in Lawrence's Southwest," Lee M. Jenkins, University College, Cork

3. "D. H. Lawrence and the Birth of Ritual: Out of Dionysian Theory," Nidesh Lawtoo, Johns Hopkins Univ.,

4. "'When a Native Meet a Native': Lawrence, Embodiment, and the Encounter with Place," Mark Deggan, Simon Fraser Univ.,

Joyce Wexler, President-elect of the DHLSNA will preside.


This session also attracted a lot of interest. We hope to see you at both of these panels.

There are three other events that we hope you will also attend:  We will offer an introduction and tour of the Lawrence papers held at the Harry C. Ransom Center on the University of Texas, Austin campus.  Our tour is 3:30-4:30 on Friday, Jan. 8. (The DHLSNA tour is not listed with the other HRC tours sponsored by MLA which are included on the registration pages.  These tours will survey HRC holdings on Shakespeare).  The DHLSNA tour is limited to 22 places so please contact Nancy Paxton at Nancy.Paxton@nau.edu by Jan. 5 to reserve a spot.  We will share a taxi to take us to the HRC.

 Second, we hope you will all plan to attend the annual business meeting of the DHLSNA on Saturday morning, Jan. 9, at 8:00 am.  The agenda will include selecting topics for the next MLA and other business. Details about the venue will be announced soon.

 Finally, all are welcome to attend the annual dinner of the D.H. Lawrence Society of North America on Saturday, January 9, at 7:30.  We have reserved a table at Carmelo’s, near the Convention Center.  The address is 504 East 5th Street.  Please email Joyce Wexler jwexler@luc.edu by December 15 if you can join us.  No advance payment is required.

We hope you will plan to attend these exciting events.

Nancy L. Paxton
President of the D. H. Lawrence Society of North America


Call for Papers is now closed.

 1.  We invite abstracts for papers on “Lawrence and ‘Native’ Encounters.” Since the MLA will be held in Austin, it seemed appropriate to invite essays that reconsider Lawrence’s representations of North American peoples, cultures, or landscapes. For this session, we welcome abstracts for essays on Lawrence’s writings in any genre about peoples or places in the American Southwest, Mexico, England, Cornwall, Italy, Ceylon, or Australia, as well as more general studies of representations of “place,” “cultural difference,” “native” cultures, and/ or “racial others” in one or more of Lawrence’s texts. Please send 250- word abstracts to wexlerj@luc.edu by March 1, 2015.

 2. Paul Eggert, past-president of Society for Textual Scholarship, and John Young, current president of STS, have invited the DHLSNA to offer a collaborative session on “Lawrence, Editions and Critical Renewal.” We welcome papers on the Cambridge University Press editions of Lawrence’s works, including the recent 2-volume edition of his poetry, edited by Christopher Pollnitz, or the First Women in Love, on the 100 year anniversary of this text, or on other editions in this series. Papers addressing more general/ or theoretical questions concerning editing, new technologies, pedagogical uses of various editions, or analyses of historical readerships or their claims on Lawrence’s texts, and related topics are also welcome.



International Conference

 9-11 April 2015



This conference will take place at Paris Ouest-Nanterre University. It is organised by the Centre de Recherches Anglophones of this university in partnership with the “Texts and Cultures” Research Centre of Artois University.


Call for papers

Passionately a “son and lover” Lawrence created a number of female characters which are a testimony both to the women he knew in his life and to the more general process of profound change in the status of women at the beginning of the twentieth century. His heroines are definitely modern and are women in the world, unlike Tennyson’s Lady of Shalott, whom  he  repeatedly mocks.  While Lawrence showed a passing interest in the feminist movement he quickly came to conceive of it as a threat to the fulfillment of  both men and women. Strong-willed women  inspired him with a mixture of fear and fascination. Hence the dream, cherished by one of his heroes, of a “star-equilibrium” between the sexes. His heroines, notably the famous Lady Chatterley, are moderately willful, aspiring to a type of emancipation which differs from that envisaged by the feminists, a form of emancipation, harmless to the stability of the couple, which has often been misunderstood as being purely sexual. Lawrence’s work may perhaps be read as a persistent questioning on the importance of woman in the building of a new society.

This conference invites proposals from Lawrence scholars and gender studies specialists on both the ambiguous relation of Lawrence to women and the relation of women writers, biographers or film makers to Lawrence. These topics will be explored from various angles: gender studies, literary history, social history, psychoanalysis, philosophy etc.

The following is a provisional, non-exclusive list of possible themes:

Femininity (in women or men). Women’s special talents. Women’s voices.

Metaphorical associations.

Lawrence and the question of women’s sexuality

Lawrence and female stereotypes. Is there an ideal woman for Lawrence?

Lawrence and antifeminism. Misogyny, satirical attacks on women

Women’s education.

Women’s authority or power. Women and art. Women and literature

Women and social constraints, women and morality

Women as agents of progress or regression


The narrative point of view of Lawrence’s heroines, the dynamics of their position in dialogue

Lawrence’s acknowledged or obvious influence on other women writers or artists


Deadline for proposals : 1st November 2014.

 Please send a 200 word abstract to Ginette Roy  ginette.katz.roy@gmail.com or roy@u-paris10.fr

Organising Committee : Cornelius Crowley, Stephen Rowley, Ginette Roy

Link to our journal Etudes Lawrenciennes : http://anglais.u-paris10.fr/spip.php?rubrique56

A few numbers of the journal are now on line : lawrence.revues.org/