Warsaw 2010

Polish Aspects of E. M. Forster

Warsaw, 7th June 2010

The scholarly conference Polish Aspects of E. M. Forster was held in Warsaw on June 7th, 2010. It was organized by the Faculty of Applied Linguistics of University of Warsaw. It was intended as a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the death of E. M. Forster. It was our aim to evaluate the presence and legacy of Forster in English literature and social history both from Polish and international angle. We were interested in all possible aspects of Forster’s oeuvre and life, as perceived by various methodologies and schools and our participants indeed offered a fair variety of approaches in their papers. The papers from the conference were collected and published in the volume New Aspects of E. M. Forster. The International E. M. Forster society was formed during this conference.

Conference Programme

10:30 Opening
11:00 – 11:30 Anna Kwiatkowska Ironic Reflections on Life: E. M. Forster’s Novels versus Henri Bergson’s essay on “Laughter”
11:30 – 12:00 Aneta Lipska Between Convention and Passion: the English-Italian Mésalliance in E. M. Forster’s Italian Novels
12:00 – 12:15 Coffee Break
12:15 – 12:45 Paweł Wojtas E. M. Forster’s Uneasy Bildungsoman: Exploring the Meanders of Existential Aporias in The Longest Journey
12:45 – 1:15 Krzysztof Kramarz Deletion, Metaphor and Footnote: the Analysis of Polish Translations of A Room with a View
1:30 – 3:00 Lunch
3:00 – 3:30 Tomasz Dobrogoszcz A Passage to OU-BOUM: Homi Bhabha Reads E. M. Forster
3:30 – 4:00 Krzysztof Fordoński E. M. Forster’s Geography of Homosexual Desire
4:00 – 4:15 Coffee Break
4:15 – 4:45 Piotr Urbański Two Stage Productions of Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd
4:45 – 5:15 Heiko Zimmermann Teaching E. M. Forster in 2010
5:30 Conference Closing