Elinor Glyn symposium at University of Bedfordshire

Research Institute for Media Arts and Performance University of Bedfordshire, Luton Symposium on the life and legacy of Elinor Glyn and her contemporaries for studies in adaptation, film and authorship Friday 12 June

Recent work has re-evaluated Glyn’s significance to book and film history, celebrity studies, feminist studies and popular culture. This symposium seeks to draw together these multidisciplinary perspectives on authors/filmmakers/screenwriters and ask whether a holistic view of their contribution can emerge. It seeks papers on Glyn or her contemporaries in the film and publishing worlds, the context of the 1920s and 1930s and claims to her legacy.

Elinor Glyn (1864-1943) was a British author of romantic fiction who went to Hollywood in the 1920s and became famous for her movies. She was a celebrity figure of the 1920s, and wrote constantly in the Hearst’s Press. She wrote racy stories, most famously Three Weeks (1924) and ‘It’ (1927). Glyn has become a peripheral figure in histories of this period, marginalised in accounts of the youth-centred ‘flapper era’. Decades on, the idea of the ‘It Girl’ continues to have great pertinence in the post-feminist discourses of the 21st Century.

REGISTRATION Attendance is £30 The conference opens at 10.00am, and formal panels end at 5.00pm. Prior registration is essential as numbers are limited. To register please email alexis.weedon@beds.ac.uk or write to her at Department of Journalism and Communications, University of Bedfordshire, Luton Campus, University Square, Luton LU1 3JU, giving the following details: name; title; affiliation (if any); postal address; telephone number; email contact.