& Rural Writing
Ghosts and Visions, Rites and Charms, Legends,
Magic and Ballads, Witches, Curses, Cures and Foretellings
11th - 13th April 2014
The Corn Exchange,
High East Street,
A joint conference of The Folklore Society and the Thomas Hardy Society exploring Wessex folklore, folk customs and rural traditions, and the works of Thomas Hardy. The conference will also feature a panel of postgraduate papers on Hardy.
Speakers announced so far: -
- Jerry Bird, ‘Mumming and poverty in Hardy’s Wessex’
- Angela Blaen, ‘Under a greenwood tree? Hardy and Westcountry authors’ attitudes to treelore’
- Diana Coles, ‘The folklore of the Welsh Marches in Mary Webb’s Gone to Earth’
- Paul Cowdell, ‘What Victorian peasantry? The surprising class warriors of English folk song scholarship’
- Jacqueline Dilion, 'Ways of Knowing in Tess of the d'Urbervilles'
- Paula Gerard, ‘Thomas Hughes and The Scouring of the White Horse’
- Jeremy Harte, ‘Wide-Oh and the Toadman: cunning-folk in Dorset life and literature’
- Dai Hawkins, ‘Folklore in the novels of Mary Webb’
- Heather Hawkins, ‘Folklore and belief in Thomas Hardy’s poetry’
- Karin Koehler, ‘“A letter in the candle”: folklore, letters, and the penny post in the works of Thomas Hardy’
- Robert McDowall, ‘W.H. Hudson and his Dorset associations’
- Mark Norman, ‘Cockstrides and carriages – parallels of Thomas Hardy’s Dorset ghosts in the wider Westcountry landscape’
- Peter Robson, ‘Fiction, folklore and reconstruction – Thomas Hardy’s “Play of St. George”’
- Charles Swain, ‘Beneath the corn at Maygreen: agricultural customs in the work of P.H Ditchfield’
- Roy Vickery, ‘Hardy’s plantlore’
- Juliette Wood, ‘Marie Trevelyan: fantasy writing and local folklore’
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