a george macdonald conference

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I’m hosting a conference on George MacDonald, and you’re invited.

Together with my charming and (dauntingly) intelligent colleague Ginger Stelle, I’m delighted to announce that registration is open for George MacDonald Among His Contemporaries, a conference that promises to be a restructuring and important conversation on MacDonald studies. If you’re going to be in or near St Andrews at the end of March, please consider attending, we’d love to have you. If you’re not—well, here’s that perfect excuse you were looking for. We’d love to have you, too.

All relevant information follows below the jump:

Registrations can now be made for this one-day conference at the University of St Andrews on Wednesday 30th March 2011. The cost is £20 for non-students and £15 for students. All bookings must be made online at the University of St Andrews Online Shop at https://onlineshop.st-andrews.ac.uk/ Click on ‘Conference or Event Bookings’ in the Navigation menu and then on ‘Conferences’ for the link, under School of English, to George MacDonald Among His Contemporaries.

George MacDonald (1824-1905) is most often discussed in terms of what came after: his role in the development of fantasy literature and his influence on writers such as C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Though providing valuable insights into MacDonald’s legacy, this emphasis tends to obscure his involvement in his own time. MacDonald was a Victorian. His works attest to his wide knowledge of his time and culture, and his deep engagement with the issues of the day.

George MacDonald Among His Contemporaries looks to re-establish MacDonald’s place within his own context. Papers and presentations from a variety of disciplines will offer critical reinvestigation of MacDonald’s work, looking beyond MacDonald’s fantasies to consider other aspects of his works.

Keynote speaker: Stephen Prickett and David Robb.

The University website has useful information about travel to St Andrews and accommodation. Links to these resources are as follows:

Travel: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/visiting/GettingtoStAndrews/

Accommodation: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/visiting/town/

Nearly everything in St Andrews is central and close together, and so it is not difficult to get around. You are responsible for arranging your own accommodation; we regret that we cannot provide this service for you. Lunch will be provided during the conference as part of the registration fee. We are also planning a dinner after the conference and you can signal interest in this when making your online registration, but it is not included in the registration fee.

For further information, please contact Samantha Dixon on sd60 at st-andrews dot ac dot uk or John Patrick Pazdziora on jpp6 at st andrews dot ac dot uk.

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