NEW DATES: The Seventh International Literary Juvenilia Conference

Please note // The Seventh International Literary Juvenilia Conference will now be held at UNSW Sydney from Wednesday 19 May to Saturday 22 May 2021.

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Literary Juvenilia, material imagination and ‘things’

Young writers ranging from Pope, Chatterton and Burns in the eighteenth century, to Austen, the Brontës, Eliot and Dickens in the nineteenth, and Edith Wharton, C.S. Lewis, Judith Wright, Margaret Atwood, and J.K. Rowling in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have found inspiration and example in the everyday context of their writing practice—in a materiality related to their physical, social and cultural worlds and in the material conditions of their play, learning, imitation and critique. This conference will explore the material culture of juvenilia (youthful writing up to the age of twenty): the relationship between ‘things’ and literary imagination and practice.

The conference aims to provide a broad intellectual forum for academics, postgraduates, members of literary societies and the interested public. There will be a panel dedicated to the juvenilia of the Brontës, especially that of Anne Brontë to acknowledge her 2020 Bicentenary, sponsored by the Australian Brontë Association. 

For more information and to register, visit the Conference website.

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