'A Stray Savage in Oxford': A Henry James Centenary Symposium
St Anne's College, Oxford
26 June 2012

On 26 June 1912, Henry James received an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford. This day-long conference will mark the exact centenary of that award, and will explore James's broader Oxford connections, encounters, and legacies: his biographical links to the city and the university, his touristic response to and writing of the Oxford 'picturesque', his literary relations to Oxford writers, and the posthumous critical regard he has been held in at Oxford and in other British universities. The annual Encaenia ceremony at which honorary degrees are awarded is a commemoration of Oxford's benefactors, and the conference will take this opportunity to consider the commemorative turn in James's very late, personal writing, and to celebrate the literary and cultural benefactions he enjoyed in an Oxford connection - as well as the Jamesian ones that we continue to enjoy. Subjects of discussion will include: Matthew Arnold, W. H. Auden, J. L. Austin, Isaiah Berlin, A. C. Bradley, Rhoda Broughton, Robert Browning, A. H. Clough, T. S. Eliot, Walter Pater, Mark Pattison, John Ruskin, J. R. Searle, Ivan Turgenev, Oscar Wilde, Constance Fenimore Woolson.



Welcome and opening remarks: Rebekah Scott and Oliver Herford (Oxford)

Guest lecture 1: Christopher Ricks (Boston), 'T. S. Eliot: "One learned something, no doubt, from Henry James"'
with Anthony Lane (Cambridge, The New Yorker) as Respondent

Panel session 1: Oxford in James's Lifetime, Tim Lustig (Keele) as Chair
Catherine Brown (Oxford)
Oliver Herford (Oxford)
Alice Stainer (Oxford)
Angus Wrenn (LSE)


Panel session 2: Posthumous James and the Academy, Ron Bush (Oxford) as Chair
Rebekah Scott (Oxford)
Hazel Hutchison (Aberdeen)
J. Hillis Miller (U Cal, Irvine)
Matthew Peters (Cambridge)

Guest Lecture 2: Lyndall Gordon (Oxford), 'Henry James and Constance Fenimore Woolson: Acts of Divination'

Roundtable session: Jamesian-Oxonian Connections, Adrian Poole (Cambridge) as Chair
Tamara Follini (Cambridge)
Philip Horne (UCL)
Michele Mendelssohn (Oxford)
Stefano Evangelista (Oxford)
Bernard Richards (Oxford)
Seamus Perry (Oxford)

Drinks reception


Lunch, refreshments and a drinks reception are included in the conference fee. There is a separate charge if you wish to attend the dinner, which will also be held at St Anne's College. Accommodation is available at St Anne's for the nights of Monday 25 June and Tuesday 26 June. To register for the conference online, and book accommodation, visit http://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/ and follow the links to Conferences and Events / English Faculty. For more details about the conference, go to http://www.a-stray-savage-in-oxford.org.uk.

A walking tour of Oxford locations with a Jamesian connection is being organised for the afternoon of Monday 25 June. Numbers will be limited, and a small charge will be made for access to colleges and other buildings. You will be asked to indicate a provisional interest in this tour (with no obligation!) when you register for the conference. More details to follow...

Please note that the conference 'Placing Henry James' is being held in central London shortly after this event, 29 June-1 July.

For further details, please contact the organisers:
Rebekah Scott (rebekah.scott@st-annes.ox.ac.uk)
Oliver Herford (oliver.herford@lincoln.ox.ac.uk)