Culture Wars 1900-1950 conference

14th June 2014, Sheffield Hallam University

This was an inter-disciplinary conference that looked beyond the purely literary to encompass journalism, publishing, libraries, art, etc. We asked: What was meant by 'culture' in the period 1900-1950? Whose culture was it and did all walks of life have a culture? How was culture contested?

Conference programme

Sheffield Hallam University is home to the ‘Readerships and Literary Cultures 1900-1950 Collection’, a unique resource of over 1000 novels, most in early editions, which reflect the wide range of literary taste in the period. The conference included a session on the use of the collection as a research resource.

Some presentations from the conference:

John Baxendale, Sheffield Hallam University, UK: "Something new, strange, curiously disturbing." Music, modernity and cultural conflict in twentieth-century Britain.
Paper. Powerpoint.

Erica Brown, Sheffield Hallam University, UK: Sheffield Hallam University’s Readerships and Literary Cultures 1900-1950 collection:– Back to the Bookcase.
Paper. Powerpoint.

Mary Grover, Reading Sheffield oral history group:Reading in common: everyday reading in Sheffield (1920-1960)
Paper. Powerpoint

Chris Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam University, UK: C.S. Forester’s The Ship (1943) and J.P.W. Mallalieu’s Very Ordinary Seaman (1944): the Wartime Ship-Novel, Post-war Reconstruction and Contested Visions of England in the Nineteen-Forties.

Maciej Jakubowiak, Jagiellonian University, Poland: Politics of Authors' Rights.

George Simmers: Cambridge versus the cosy: Ludwig Wittgenstein, Q. D. Leavis and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Elinor Taylor, Salford University, UK: ‘For Culture Against Fascism’: British Marxists, Fascism & the Meaning of ‘Culture’.
Paper. Powerpoint.

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