Rebecca West: Celebrity, Publicity, Memory
New York University, September 20-22, 2013
Although Rebecca West created a wide-ranging, original, and important body of work, her reputation has always been a matter of contestation. Indeed, to the frustration of scholars, her name remains linked to the better-known H.G. Wells, the lover of her youth and the father of her only child Anthony West, as recent books and films have shown (such as David Lodge's A Man of Parts and the Wells biopic War with the World).
This conference explores the processes by which a celebrity writer's reputation passes into cultural memory. How have scholars shaped her reputation by selectively creating their own Rebecca Wests? How do these recent cultural representations reinforce or contest her reputation? How did West's peers create or contribute to the memory of West? How did West's manipulation of her own image affect the way she is remembered? Are women writers, and West, remembered primarily in a gender context? How can we understand West in light of recent theorizing of modernist celebrity by critics such as Aaron Jaffe and Faye Hammill? And what does West’s work contribute to conceptualizing larger aspects of personal and cultural memory? These questions, and others, can productively frame discussions of West's fictional and non-fictional work. We also welcome abstracts on other topics related to West's voluminous oeuvre.
Please send abstracts of up to 200 words by March 1, 2013, to Ann Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Article posted on The Interstitial Arts Foundation Website:
Rebecca West's Extraordinary Reality
Rebecca West frequented the borderlands of human experience, reporting on the very best and worst that humanity could achieve. She was a respected literary critic, an authority on the beauty of man's creations, and a journalist who reported on the horrors of two world wars. Unable to accept any dogmatic explanation of the presence of evil in man and in the world, she embarked on a private investigation of human nature. The fruits of West's quest, her copious writings, are naturally interstitial, spilling into the realms of politics, religion, culture, history, and art. Even West's fiction crosses traditional boundaries, ranging through genres in search of truth. The unfinished trilogy she called A Saga of the Century – The Fountain Overflows, This Real Night, and Cousin Rosamund – defies all attempts at conventional categorization. More »
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Rebecca West Today: Contempory Critical Approaches
by Bernard Schweizer, published by Delaware UP
A collection of essays on this prolific writer, employs cutting-edge as well as more traditional methodological approaches, ranging from historicism to gender studies, to textual analyses, to philosophical engagements. The book also contains a useful section on teaching the works of Rebecca West.
BBC Broadcasts Radio Drama of The Fountain Overflows
West Society Publishes Collection of West Essays
that Woman: Rebecca West Remembers On Stage
Played at manhattantheatresource ( 177 MacDougal Street, NYC) March 3-13, 2004.
Performed at the Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich, CT, October 2004 and in Amsterdam, Netherlands, at the Spinoza Lyceum, the Polanen Theater, and Den Haag January and February, 2005.
that Woman, a new play by Carl Rollyson, Anne Bobby and Helen Macleod, explores the intriguing life of a woman described in a 1947 Time magazine cover story as “indisputably the world’s No. 1 woman writer,” and by Virginia Woolf as “a cross between a gypsy and a charwoman.” The play touches on both the public and the private life of West, particularly the stormy relationships with her lover H.G. Wells, their son Anthony, and her husband Henry. More...
See reviews of "That Woman: Rebecca West Remembers"
http://www2.rnw.nl/rnw/en/features/cultureandhistory/050513vh?view=Standard (search Rebecca West)