Innovation and Renovation in Western Culture:
An International Symposium on the Arts, the Humanities,
Social Theory, and Feminist Thought

September 22-25, 1981

Tuesday, 22 September
5:30 - 7:00 pm, Reception at Villa Terrace

8:00 - 10:30 pm, Writers Reading from their Works: Thomas Bontly (UWM), Chair; Walter Abish, Malcolm Bradbury, Michel DeGuy, Samuel Delany, Raymond Federman. Curtin Hall 175.

Wednesday, 23 September
9:00 - 11:00 am: Class Visits, UWM

11:00 am - 6:30 pm: Sessions on "Culture and Feminism," UWM Union Wisconsin Room

11:00 -12:15 pm: Didier Coste (Pau), "Rehearsal as Alternative to Production/ Reproduction in Contemporary Feminist Textual Practice."

12:30 - 1:45 pm: Lunch; Lakeside Picnic

2:00 - 3:15 pm: Ann Douglas (Columbia), "Feminist Theory: Current Popular Fare for Women"; Berndt Ostendorf (Munich), Commentator.

3:45 - 5:00 pm: Helen Fehervary (Ohio State), "Modernism and the Cracked Mirror: The Female View?"; Kathleen Woodward (UWM), Commentator.

5:05 pm - 6:30 pm: Feminist Workshop. Rachel Skalitzky (UWM), Chair; Betsy Draine (UW - Madison), Rüdiger Kunow (Würzburg), Paul Levine (Copenhagen), Ishrat Lindblad (Stockholm).

Thursday, 24 September
9-10:15 am: Panel, "Innovation and the Individual Talent." Malcolm Bradbury (East Anglia), Chair; Richard Martin (Aachen), on Bruce Springsteen, Klaus Poenicke (Munich), on Thomas Pynchon, Campbell Tatham (UWM) on Joni Mitchell, Heide Ziegler (Würzburg) on John Barth.

10:30 - 12:30 pm: Panel, "International Trends in Contemporary Literature: A Comparative Perspective." Gerhard Hoffman (Würzburg), Chair; Bernard Bergonzi (Warwick), Iwao Iwamoto (Tsukuba), Jerome Klinkowitz (Northern Iowa), Marie-Rose Logan (Columbia), Manfred Pütz (Bamberg & Köln).

12:30 - 2:00 pm: Lunch at the Kenwood Inn.

2:00 - 3:30 pm: Wayne Booth (Chicago), "Renewing the Medium of Renewal: Rhetoric and Apocalypse."

4:00 - 6:30 pm: Panel: "International Trends in Contemporary Literature: The Writer's Perspective." Ihab Hassan (UWM), Chair; Walter Abish (Columbia), Michel DeGuy (Paris), Samuel Delany (NYC), Raymond Federman (Buffalo), Christopher Butler (Oxford), Commentator.


1968: The Center's Founding

The 1970s: Film, Performance, Language and Technology

The 1980s: Feminism, Modernism and Culture

The 1990s: Culture, Aesthetics, Aging and Animals

2000 to present




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