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Elizabeth Vandiver, Eva Zettelmann, Eleanor Mary Boudreau


26 November 18


Kate Kennedy


Wilfred Owen and Beyond, 26-28 October 2018

Panel 1 (chair: Vivien Whelpton)

Elizabeth Vandiver - 'Horace After Owen: Reading Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori in the 20th and 21st Centuries'

Eva Zettelmann - 'Wilfred Owen and the Cultural Canon'

Eleanor Mary Boudreau - ‘"They May Be to the Next": Elegiac Consolation After Owen'


Any study of Owen's life is by definition overshadowed by his death and the bitter irony of its timing, at the very end of the war. Unlike some of his lesser discussed contemporaries, such as Ivor Gurney and Isaac Rosenberg, Owen’s poetry has been appreciated and analysed by many scholars in previous decades. It remains enduringly popular, and has lost little of its capacity to move and shock its readers. It is taught across the country as part of the National Curriculum, and has become the lens through which we view what, with Owen’s help, has been dubbed the most literary war in history.

This conference is concerned with Owen’s afterlife. How has his work been received, and how has it changed our view of the war? What effect has his verse had on writers, composers and other intellectuals, and how has Owen himself been portrayed, appropriated and discussed posthumously?