Acclaimed writers to speak at Leicester for Evelyn Waugh conference

Posted by pt91 at Apr 15, 2014 03:20 PM |
University of Leicester conference for the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project will include talks by Selina Hastings, William Boyd and Paula Byrne

Acclaimed writers Selina Hastings, William Boyd and Paula Byrne are set to speak at a major conference on the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project – which is being co-led by the University of Leicester.

The trio of writers are all fans of Waugh (pictured) – and will speak to leading scholars from around the world about their own work on the author.

The conference is being held as part of the University’s involvement with the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project - a 42-volume scholarly edition which seeks to publish every piece of writing or art work by Waugh.

The event will be held at the University’s state of the art conference venue College Court from April 24 to 26, 2015.

Speaker Selina Hastings is the author of four literary biographies including a critically-acclaimed book on the life of Evelyn Waugh.

William Boyd is the author of the award-winning novels The Blue Afternoon, Any Human Heart and Restless, and adapted Waugh's Scoop for television in 1988 as well as the Sword of Honour trilogy in 2001.

Biographer Paula Byrne is the author of Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead, which gives an account of the real-life aristocratic family who inspired Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.

The conference will also feature talks and workshops on the challenges associated with editing large collections, and will examine how digital humanities technology can be employed to tackle them.

The 42-volume Complete Works project has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and will be published by Oxford University Press between 2016 and 2022.

It aims to include all of Waugh’s novels, short stories, biographies, travel writing and art work from his birth in 1903 to his death in 1966.

The team also hope to publish all of his letters – the vast majority of which have never been seen by the public.

Alexander Waugh, Evelyn Waugh’s grandson and Senior Visiting Fellow of the University, is the General Editor of the edition, with Professor Martin Stannard of our School of English and Professor David Bradshaw of Oxford acting as Co-Executive Editors.

The researchers have issued a call for papers for the conference – particularly in the areas of:

  • Editing the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh: Editorial Problems with Large Editions
  • Evelyn Waugh and His Circle: Biographical Context
  • Digital Humanities and Editing Large Editions
  • Evelyn Waugh and the History of Ideas: Modernism, Theology and Aesthetics
  • Reading Evelyn Waugh for Stage and Screen

Anyone interested in presenting a paper is asked to send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Dr Barbara Cooke, the project’s Research Associate, at by Friday 27th June 2014.

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