Fifteenth International Robert Graves Conference 2022

Please see below the Call for Papers for the next international conference of the Robert Graves Society from our President, Dr Charles Mundye.
Subject to future COVID-19 developments and restrictions, it is hoped that the conference will be an in-person event and take place in Mallorca, Spain, 12-16 July, 2022.
The deadline for proposals in reply to this Call For Papers is 31 May 2022.
Organised by the Robert Graves Society
The Robert Graves Society is pleased to announce that the Fifteenth International Robert Graves Conference will be held in Palma, Mallorca, Spain, 12-16 July 2022. The theme of the conference will be Robert Graves and Correspondences.
The conference will explore correspondences in the broadest possible sense, including, but not limited to: communication between people, translation, adaptation, and the relationship between source text and variations. And if we think more broadly about correspondences as ‘the answering of things to each other’, then what other relationships, between artists, historical periods, ideas, come into play?
Correspondences also relate to Graves’s own extensive letter writing, and to the role of correspondence in literary and cultural studies more generally. How do we research correspondence, identify, curate, and access it? What practical and ethical challenges does it give us?
Best guesses estimate Graves received c. 14,000 letters over his long writing life, from around 1916 to 1975. As Graves was a published poet from the age of 20, many people kept his letters. We know the whereabouts of c. 8,500 letters written by Graves; most of these are still unpublished, and there will be many more not yet identified. He is arguably from the last golden age of letter writing, with correspondents including Agatha Christie, Winston Churchill, e e cummings, T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Ava Gardner, Martha Gelhorn, Alec Guinness, T. E. Lawrence, Wilfred Owen, Laura Riding, and Gertrude Stein. Please also see:
Robert Graves conferences traditionally embrace the creative in addition to the critical, and the conference will also host musical and literary events to be announced in due course, along with keynote speakers. There will also be a day trip to Deià and to La Casa de Robert Graves:
Proposals are invited for papers (20 minutes) on relevant topics relating to Robert Graves and/or his contemporaries. These could include but are not limited to:
  • Any aspect of correspondence broadly defined
  • Relations and friendships, textual and otherwise, between twentieth-century writers and artists
  • How literary texts correspond with each other
  • Texts and writers in dialogue
  • Any aspect of letters to and from Robert Graves
  • Journalism and the idea of the correspondent
  • Poetry and journalism
  • Poetry and reportage
  • Correspondence as a way of thinking about adaptation and collaboration
  • Curating correspondence
  • Digitising correspondence
  • Connecting correspondence
  • Correspondence: research and criticism
  • Correspondence and biography
  • Correspondence in exile
  • War-time correspondence
  • Verse Letters
Please send an abstract (max. 250 words) by 31 May 2022 to the conference organiser and President of the Robert Graves Society:
Dr Charles Mundye, FEA
Head of the Department of Humanities
College of Social Sciences and Arts
Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus
Sheffield S1 1WB
President, Robert Graves Society
The conference is open to all. It will be of interest to academics, teachers, research students, and anyone else who is interested in the life and writings of Robert Graves and his circle. The series of Robert Graves conferences have built up a reputation for their scholarly excellence and their friendly dialogue among participants from a wide variety of backgrounds, both lay and academic, and the Graves family itself.
To register an interest in attending the conference as a non-speaker, please e-mail the Robert Graves Society Secretary/Treasurer, Patrick Villa: E:

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