Thursday, 5 June 2014

May Sinclair Symposium, Sheffield University, July 2014

The May Sinclair Society have recently announced the May Sinclair Symposium to be held at Sheffield University on Friday, 18th July 2014. 

To register and for further details please contact the Society via their website

May Sinclair Symposium

Sheffield Hallam University
The Cantor Building
Room 9020a

Friday 18 July 2014


9.00-9.15 Coffee and Registration

9.15-9.30 Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Dr Rebecca Bowler and Dr Claire Drewery

9.30-11.15 Panel 1 – Scientific and Philosophical Discourses: Psychoanalysis and Sublimation

Sanna Melin Schyllert
Why British Society Had to ‘Get a Young Virgin Sacrificed’: Feminism, Idealism and The Great War in May Sinclair’s The Tree of Heaven (1917)

Leslie De Bont
Portrait of the Female Character as a Psychoanalytical Case: The Ambiguous Influence of Sigmund Freud’s Case Histories on May Sinclair’s Novels

Faye Pickrem
Ontological Fantasy, Libidinal Anxiety, and The Erotics of Renunciation in May Sinclair

Alan Saeed
May Sinclair. William James, Henri Bergson and Stream of Consciousness 1918-29


11.30-12.45 Panel 2 – Exterior Spaces: The Artist and the Public Sphere

Elise Thornton
Learning Greek: The Woman Artist as Autodidact in May Sinclair’s Mary Olivier: A Life

Terri Mullholland
Architecture, Environment, and ‘Scenic Effect’ in May Sinclair’s The Divine Fire (1904)
Emma Liggins
‘May Sinclair and Representations of Women’s War Work’

12.45-13.45 LUNCH

13.45-15.00 Panel 3 – ‘Feminine’ Identities: Self-Sacrifice and Revelation

Audrey Minutolo Le
Incendiary Endings: Creative Fire in May Sinclair’s “Where Their Fire Is Not Quenched”

Wendy Truran
“She knew only one thing about perfect happiness: it didn’t hide:” Embodied Affect, Revelation, and the Challenge of Happiness in May Sinclair’s Mary Olivier.

Charlotte Beyer
Dolls and Dead Babies:  May Sinclair’s Social Critique of Constructions of Motherhood in Life and Death in Harriett Frean


15.15-16.30 Panel 4 – Artistic Influences: Sinclair and Modernism

Ana Drobot
Travelling in the writings of May Sinclair, Virginia Woolf, and Graham Swift

Susan Reid
Platonic critics: May Sinclair, her female contemporaries and the “philosophy of Art”

Charlotte Jones
Impressions of Modernity: May Sinclair, Ford Madox Ford and Avant-Garde Ambivalence


17.00-18.15 KEYNOTE – Suzanne Raitt
“What we must remember, what we would forget”: May Sinclair, fame, and obscurity