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NB final CFP deadline 1 May 2010

You may go all over the States, and … you shall scarce meet with so marked a difference of accent as in the forty miles between Edinburgh and Glasgow … local custom and prejudice, even local religion and local law, linger on into the latter end of the nineteenth century – imperia in imperio, foreign things at home.

RLS, ‘The Foreigner at Home’

The sixth biennial Stevenson conference will be held from 8-10 July 2010 at the University of Stirling (scene of the first conference in 2000).

This return to a Scottish starting-point may invite attention to origins and locality, but the restless motion of Stevenson’s writing exerts a different pressure. Our conference theme of ‘Locating Stevenson’ is concerned with charting this motion rather than fixing Stevenson’s co-ordinates; with orientating, rather than merely positioning, his work within the fields of literary genre, period, movement and genealogy, for example, and within debates about nation, tradition, place and identity. This shift from the map to the compass seems suited to the mobility of Stevenson’s own writing and life.

Viewed from another angle, the trope of ‘location’ recalls us to Stevenson’s own attention, as a critic, to the specificity of the reading scene. How does the reader or critic’s locatedness (historical, cultural, rhetorical) condition Stevenson?

These remarks aside, the conference organisers welcome papers responding to the theme of ‘location’ in as wide a sense as possible.


– locating Stevenson






with regard to period

with regard to genre

– orientating Stevenson

to Scottish literature

to American writing

to the late Victorians/belle-lettrism

to modernism

to colonial/anti-colonial discourse

to the realism debate

to literary aesthetics

to popular culture

to writing as a profession

300-word proposals for papers of 20-25 minutes on any of the above topics, and suggestions for themed panels, should be sent to before 1 March 2010 1 May 2010.

Contact Us

To contact the conference organisers:

Scott Hames
Tel:+44 (0)1786 466205

Adrian Hunter
Tel:+44(0)1786 467507


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