Latecomers: Anita Brookner Then and Now
Forum Theatre and Research Lounge
Arts West Building
Professor's Walk, Parkville
T: (03) 8344 4216
"I think my personages could be reactivated if the times were right. I hope so." - Anita Brookner
As we approach the first anniversary of Anita Brookner's death, this first international and interdisciplinary symposium devoted to Brookner, seeks to explore the meaning and significance of Brookner's vast legacy, in both fiction and non-fiction. In addition to her 24 novels and one novella, Brookner authored a number of art-historical works and was a prolific reviewer of art and literature for over 60 years.
In a 1984 interview, Brookner explicitly denied a connection between her fictional and critical oeuvres, while at other times she spoke more openly about an intertextual literary practice, the significance of Romanticism in contemporary life, and her belief in unconscious processes.
Our symposium seeks to reactivate such connections and conversations.
This is a paid event and bookings are required as seating is limited.
2 days: $120 full / $90 concession
1 day: $60 full / $50 concession
Registration includes tea, coffee and refreshments and opening night cocktail reception.
Keynote speakers: Associate Professor Patricia Juliana Smith, Hofstra University (New York); Professor Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne
Professor Jennifer Milam, University of Sydney
Professor Eileen Williams-Wanquet, University de La Reunion
Associate Professor Laurence Petit, Universite Paul Valery- Montpellier
Associate Professor Lei Zhang, China University of Political Sciences and Law
Fleur Vidament, University du Maine
Eliza Gladkowska, University of Warmia Mazury
Associate Professor Clara Tuite, University of Melbourne
Dr Peta Mayer, University of Melbourne
Image credit: Anita Brookner © Estate of Chris Garnham / National Portrait Gallery, London