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Will Self and the Art of the Contemporary

Will Self and the Art of the Contemporary is a conference being hosted by the university on March 23 that will present a unique opportunity to reflect on the significance of Self’s achievements, bringing together the foremost critics working on contemporary fiction.

Posted: 17 August 2012

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Will Self and the Art of the Contemporary. Photo by Valerie Bennett.

The University of Roehampton is to host Will Self, one of the most notorious and exciting contemporary writers as well as one of Britain’s most visible public intellectuals.

Will Self and the Art of the Contemporary is a conference being hosted by the university on November 23 that will present a unique opportunity to reflect on the significance of Self’s achievements, bringing together the foremost critics working on contemporary fiction. Short papers and panels are invited on aspects of Self’s writing focusing on topics including the work’s relation to genre, intertextuality and form; (post)modernism and new realism; political and cultural geography and the contemporary; satire and surrealism; place, psychogeography and the urban environment; (semi-)documentary fiction/gonzo and life-writing; mental illness, psyche and consciousness; gender, sexuality and alterity; morality and ethics; class, Englishness and Otherness. The deadline for the call for papers is March 23.

The conference will be led by Roehampton’s own Sebastian Groes, Invited speakers include Peter Childs (Gloucestershire); Caroline Edwards (Lincoln); M. Hunter Hayes (Texas A&M University-Commerce, USA); Hugo Spiers (UCL); Philip Tew (Brunel).

Will Self will be reading from work in progress and talking about his extensive body of work. Self is astoundingly prolific, has written across many different genres and is our foremost literary satirist, whose linguistic pyrotechnics and surreal conceits give an idiosyncratic and highly illuminating perspective on the world today. As psychogeographer and provocateur Self has staked out the world as his territory, drawing our attention to the surreal and grotesque within everyday life.

For more information please visit the Will Self and the Art of the Contemporary web page.

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