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* VIRTUAL GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE, April 23, 2022. Abstracts are welcome on any topic in D.H. Lawrence studies, including any aspect of his fiction, poetry, essays, literary contacts, and place in modernism and/or literary history. We are especially interested in papers relating to the topic of relationships: love, hate, friendship, family, courtship, and marriage.


The online conference will use the Zoom meeting platform but will follow the traditional format of in-person meetings. Each session will be led by a Chair and will feature a respondent, a senior Lawrence scholar who will provide constructive commentary on the papers. Our aim is to enable as many students as possible to participate without budgetary pressures. There is no conference fee, but DHLSNA membership is required for presenters (student rate $10 USD).

Please email an abstract of 200-300 words plus concise curriculum vitae to Ron Granofsky, Professor Emeritus, Department of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, at by April 1, 2022. Acceptance notices will be sent by April 10, 2022.


MLA 2023

San Francisco, CA (Jan. 5-8, 2023)


* The Dickens Society and the D.H. Lawrence Society of North America invite papers for a joint panel on “Portrayals of the Working Class in Dickens and Lawrence” at the Modern Language Association conference in San Francisco, CA on 5-8 January 2023. Papers comparing the two writers are especially welcome. Please email an abstract of 250-300 words with a brief c.v. and A/V requirements to Robert L. Caserio, Penn State University, at by the 19th of March, 2022.


7-9 April 2022

Université Paris Nanterre



The contemplation of the sea has often fostered dreams of escape. Lawrence was always in search of new shores, so were a number of his fictional characters. To leave his “island country” and travel around the world, he depended on maritime transportation. His letters and writings bear witness to his enjoyment of sea voyages and sea bathing and to the fascination that this ever-changing watery element held for him. He is not a writer of maritime novels like Melville or Conrad but the list of his early readings reveals a passionate interest in books connected with the sea like Stevenson’s Treasure Island, Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle, Ballantyne’s Coral Island among many others. Four of the works he wrote are set on real or imaginary islands: The Trespasser, Kangaroo, “The Man Who loved Islands,” and Sea and Sardinia. Several of his last poems, including “The Ship of Death,” recall the theme of the sea voyage. Innumerable allusions to the sea, to isles and islands, and very striking sea tropes are generously scattered throughout his prose works and poems. He was a sea-lover like many past and modernist British writers who meditated on the sea, on its intimations of sublimity or eternity, its dangerous power, and resorted to sea metaphors, sea symbolism and water mythology. T.S. Eliot is often quoted for asserting “The sea has many voices/many Gods and many voices” (The Dry Salvages). The sea had many voices for Lawrence too. At times, it even seemed to be a living entity rather than a pure backdrop in his fiction. His dialogue with this “primordial element” could inspire him with poetic reveries, an Oceanic feeling, as well as historical, political, scientific, mystic and philosophical reflections. The sea was important to his health, to his creative powers and to his cosmogony. Islands, as the aim of the voyage, stirred his utopian dreams and fed his often misanthropic reflections on man as a social being.


for the International Special Edition of D. H. Lawrence Studies (Korea)


As announced in the collective CFP sent out by Catherine Brown to participants of the 14th International DHL Conference in London, United Kingdom, the South Korean journal D. H. Lawrence Studies is planning another post-conference special edition. Its publishers, the D. H. Lawrence Society of Korea, and guest editors would like to add a few points regarding the Korean publication.

  1. The post-London special edition of D. H. Lawrence Studies, like its predecessors, is open to all papers related to Lawrence, including ones by non-participants of the London conference­although, other things being equal, papers originating from the conference will be given precedence.

  2. The deadline for submitting abstracts is November 10, 2017: and for finished papers, March 30, 2018. The expected publication date is no later than September 2018.

  3. The length of each paper should be 5,000 to 8,000 words.

  4. As in the preceding post-Gargnano issue, Michael Bell, Virginia Hyde and Nak-chung Paik will serve as guest editors, and Doo-Sun Ryu as managing editor. Electronic submissions should be sent to

This special issue, following the international conference, is part of this journal's post-conference series beginning in 1999. 


Modern Language Association Meeting 2018

Dangerous Charisma

In the age of Trump, how does Lawrence help us understand the mutual attraction of leader and acolyte, the effects of charisma in personal and/or political relationships?

Lawrence wrote about charisma in personal and political relationships, and his contemporaries found him charismatic.  Papers might consider how Lawrence represents charisma, how his ideas of leadership change, or how others responded to him.

Abstract and CV by 15 March 2017; Joyce Piell Wexler (

14th International D. H. Lawrence Conference


JULY 3-8, 2017
Deadline extended to Dec. 31

Updated Conference Call Download
(Contains additional info and the Graduate Fellowship Application Form)

London played a crucial role in Lawrence’s early life: he taught here, got his first literary breaks here, and even got married here in 1914.  It was in London that he met the friends and patrons who launched his career and facilitated his travels, and whenever he and Frieda returned to England, it was to London that they came first.  Lawrence visited London around fifty times - for the first time in October 1908 for his interview for a teaching position in Croydon, and for the last time in September 1926.  Over those eighteen years he visited or lived in London in every single year, apart from during his travels in 1920-22.

He saw the city grow from seven to eight million people, and become the metropolis we know today, with its buses, trams, private cars, bridges, Underground stations, West End theatres, and electric street lights.  He knew London as it was approaching the historical peak population; this was followed by decline, and which has only just (in 2015) been exceeded.

He knew the London of the Edwardian period, of the War, and of the jazz age.  He knew middle-class outer-suburban Croydon, but also some of London’s most fashionable districts, where his friends lived:  Hampstead (Edward Garnett, Dollie Radford and Catherine Carswell), St. John’s Wood (Koteliansky), Mecklenburgh Square (H.D. and Richard Aldington), and Bedford Square (Lady Ottoline Morrell).  London was the legal, as well as the literary, artistic and theatrical, centre of England.  In 1913 Frieda’s divorce hearing was heard there; in 1915 Lawrence was examined for bankruptcy at its High Court; in the same year The Rainbow was tried at Bow Street Magistrate’s Court; in 1927 David was produced at the Regent Theatre; in 1928 Catherine Carswell oversaw the typing of part of Lady Chatterley’s Lover there; in 1928 Lawrence explained ‘Why I Don’t Like Living in London’ in The Evening News; and in 1929 his paintings were exhibited at the Warren Street gallery and impounded.  Given his hatred of London’s intellectualism and authoritarianism, and his objections to metropolises in general, it is not surprising that much of what Lawrence writes about London is negative.  But, as he admitted in 1928, ‘It used not to be so.  Twenty years ago, London was to me thrilling, thrilling, thrilling, the vast and throbbing heart of all adventure.’

For such a nodal city - the world’s biggest city, the heart of the world’s biggest empire, and a centre of international modernism - it has a peripheral place in his work and in work about him.  But Lawrence could not have become the person and writer he did without having known his native capital city.

The 14th International D.H. Lawrence conference will be held in London at the College of the Humanities, Bedford Square, and nearby venues.  It is authorized by the Coordinating Committee for International Lawrence Conferences (CCILC) and organized in collaboration with the D.H. Lawrence Society of North America and the D.H. Lawrence Society (UK).

The conference welcomes papers on topics including but not limited to:

  • Lawrence’s experiences of, and/or reactions to, London and its various social groups and geographical districts

  • Lawrence’s relationships with individual Londoners

  • Lawrence’s interactions with London-based journals and publishers

  • The suppression of The Rainbow

  • The premiere of David in London

  • Lawrence’s exhibition of paintings at the Warren Street Gallery

  • Works written by Lawrence while he was resident in London

  • Lawrence’s responses to and thoughts about cities in general

Papers are welcome from Lawrence scholars, graduate students, and the public.  Papers should last no longer than 20 minutes, and will be followed by 10 minutes of questions.  They will be presented in a panel together with two other papers.

If you would like to contribute, please send an abstract of up to 500 words to the Executive Director, Dr. Catherine Brown: by midnight on Dec. 31, 2016 (unless you are a graduate student who wishes to apply for a Graduate Fellowship, in which case please follow the alternative procedure described below).  Submissions will be assessed by the Academic Program Committee detailed below, and responses will be issued by Feb. 15, 2017.  The abstract should include the following information as part of the same file (in either MS Word or pdf format):

  • Your name, postal address, telephone number, and email address

  • The name of the institution (if applicable) at which you are registered

  • Your CV (1 page condensed version)

  • Please indicate if you need OHP or other such media equipment for your presentation.

The Conference Fee is expected to be approximately £280-320 for the week.  The Conference website may be found here:

Graduate Fellowships:
Six Graduate Fellowships are available for Graduate Fellows.  A Graduate Fellowship covers fees, and efforts will be made to make cheap accommodation available.  Graduate Fellows will be required to help with registration and other duties during the Conference.  If you would like to apply for one of these, please fill out the Graduate Fellowship Application form from this link or below.  This competition will be assessed by the Graduate Fellowships Committee chaired by Dr. Andrew Harrison. 

Fellowship Submissions are to be sent to by Dec. 31, 2016.

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