The "Re-reading Georgette Heyer" colloquium was held on Saturday 7 November 2009 in Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.
Since my summaries of the papers are quite long I've decided to give each of them its own post. Links to each of the summaries are provided in the list below:
- Jennifer Kloester: ‘The Life of Georgette Heyer’
- Jay Dixon: ‘Heyer and Place’
- Laura Vivanco: ‘“So educational!” she said. “And quite unexceptionable!”: The Nonesuch as Didactic Love Fiction’
- Sam Rayner: ‘Publishing Heyer: Representing the Regency in Historical Romance’
- Mary Joannou: ‘Heyer and Austen’
- Kerstin Frank: ‘The Thermodynamics of Georgette Heyer: Variations on the Quest for Revitalisation’
- Catherine Johns: ‘Class and Breeding’
- Sarah Annes Brown: ‘Lady of Quality and Homosexual Panic’
- K. Elizabeth Spillman: ‘Cross Dressing and Disguise in Heyer’s Historical Romances’
Professor Sarah Annes Brown said: [...] I've organised quite a few conferences now - but none have received quite so much enthusiastic attention as Re-reading Georgette Heyer. But perhaps that's because I've never organised a conference about a writer who generates so much pure pleasure and enthusiasm in her readers.'As she wrote in her observations on (and summary of) the colloquium, this enthusiasm was much in evidence on the day itself: "I’ve attended quite a lot of academic conferences – but never one where there was anything like so much cheering and laughter!" No doubt Heyer herself can take much of the credit for the laughter, since her novels are so full of comic moments and characters. Many of the cheers, however, were elicited by Jennifer Kloester, who had new discoveries and announcements to make.
Other summaries of the day have been written by:
- Sarah Annes Brown, who has also posted a summary of the responses to a questionnaire completed by roughly half of the people who attended the conference.
- Una McCormack
- Bex Lewis, who has written up a very detailed summary which also includes an outline of some of the topics raised during the pre-lunch and post-conference discussions.
- Sally Houghton, of Georgette-Heyer.com