Graduate Research Fund Travel Report – Ed Dodson, DPhil English
In the middle of September I attended the timely conference In and Out of Europe: British Literary and Cultural Discourses of Europe in the 20th and 21st Centuries in Basel. I presented my paper on Julian Barnes’ novel England, England, which emerges from a chapter of my DPhil thesis. I received helpful responses and criticism, for instance, one respondent pointed out an important reference in the novel which I had overlooked. I made contacts with several postcolonial/British literature scholars in Europe – mainly Swiss and German – and I hope to see them again at a conference next year. The conference was small enough to enable good participation and over the course of two and a half days we had an ongoing and lively discussion. Robert Holland’s keynote was a particular highlight for its deep historical grounding of the British-European relationship and its counterpoint to certain more simplistic discussions of ‘Brexit’. As well as attending the conference, I was able to explore some of the city, visiting the Comics Museum (tying in with the TORCH Comics and Graphic Novel network I am involved with), as well as the Fine Arts museum (with its strong collection of Swiss art, particularly Tinguely). Overall, I am very grateful for the travel fund that enabled me to undertake this trip.
Published: 17 July 2016
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