Latecomers: conference and contact information

I think my personages could be reactivated if the times were right. I hope so. Anita Brookner


Anita Brookner
Anita Brookner © Estate of Chris Garnham /
National Portrait Gallery, London
Banner image: © Peter Jordan

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.

The work of Anita Brookner occupies an ambiguous place in the literary field. Brookner has a cult status, was a Booker-Prize winner and best-selling novelist, and yet her work received what she herself deemed 'censorious' reviews and limited critical attention. Brookner's death was accompanied by conflicted accolades that appeared to celebrate her life while restating the predictable (and vexatious) reading of her identity as a lonely, single woman.

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. The critical reception of Brookner is complicated by the question of how to interpret her work as an historian of eighteenth- an nineteenth-century French art. 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.

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Date and location

2pm Friday 17 March 2017 with cocktail reception to follow presentations
10am Saturday 18 March 2017

Forum Theatre and Research Lounge
Arts West (Building 148), The University of Melbourne
Parkville Vic 3010

More information

For further information please contact the conference convenors:

Dr Peta Mayer

Associate Professor Clara Tuite