Biography Beyond Borders Program

unnamed

EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY

A COLLOQUIUM

PRESENTED BY

THE OXFORD CENTRE FOR LIFE-WRITING

and

BIOGRAPHERS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION

‘I have often thought that there has rarely passed a life of which a judicious and faithful narrative would not be useful.’

Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, Number 60

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016
18:00-22:00

Lecture and Reception
The Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s College, London
Strand, WC2 R2LS
Anatomy Lecture Theatre and Museum

‘‘Something to Offend Everybody’: The Muckraking Life of Jessica Mitford’

Carla Kaplan
Kaplan is a professor of English and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Northeastern University, holds the Davis Distinguished Professorship in American Literature and writes on modern, African-American, and women’s history and culture. Her forthcoming books include Queen of the Muckrakers: the Life of Jessica Mitford, with HarperCollins, and a Norton Critical Edition of Nella Larsen’s Passing. Kaplan founded the Northeastern Humanities Center and has been a resident fellow at numerous humanities centers and institutes.

SATURDAY , NOVEMBER 5, 2016

Wolfson College, Oxford

  • 9:30-10:00 Registration and Refreshments (Buttery)

 

  • 10:00-11-15 Roundtable 1

‘Writing About Little-Known Subjects’

Moderator: Will Swift

Gayle Feldman

Robert Lacey

Harriet Reisen

Anne Boyd Rioux

Max Saunders

Quincy Whitney

 

  •  11:15-11:45 Refreshments (Buttery)

 

  •  11:45-13:00 Roundtable 2

‘Writing About Well-Known Subjects’

Moderator: Max Saunders

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

Rebecca Fraser

Zachary Leader

Andrew Lownie

Catherine Reef

 

  • 13:00-14:00 Buffet Lunch  (Hall)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Dame Hermione Lee

‘Yet Biographers Pretend They Know People’

 

  • 14:15-15:30 Roundtable 3

‘History and Biography: Borderlines’ (a)

Moderator: Andrew Lownie

James Atlas

Natalie Dykstra

Anne Heller

Carla Kaplan

James McGrath Morris

Joanny Moulin

Anne Sebba

Amanda Vaill

 

  • 15:30-16:00 Refreshments (Buttery)

 

  • 16:15-17:30 Roundtable 4

‘History and Biography: Borderlines’ (b)

Moderator: Gayle Feldman

Betty Caroli

Anne de Courcy

Dennis Kersten

Iwan Morgan

Jane Ridley

Carl Rollyson

Maryam Thirriard

Sonja Williams

 

  • Drinks Reception (Café)

To see biographies of the moderators and panelists, go here.