Sunday, 19 April 2009

Malcolm Lowry Centenary International Conference July 23-25 2009

Malcolm Lowry
Centenary International Conference

July 23-25, 2009
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Keynote Speakers

Professor Sherrill Grace, Department of English, The University of British Columbia.Prof. Grace is the author of numerous seminal works on Lowry, including Satan in a Barrel: Malcolm Lowry's Early Stories (1999); Sursum Corda: The Collected Letters of Malcolm Lowry (2 vols. 1995 & 1996); Swinging the Maelstrom: New Perspectives on Malcolm Lowry (1992); and The Voyage That Never Ends: Malcolm Lowry's Fiction (1987). Other monographs include Regression and Apocalypse: Studies in North American Literary Expressionism (1989), Canada and the Idea of North (2002), and Inventing Tom Thomson: From Biographical Fictions to Fictional Autobiographies (2004).

Professor Paul Tiessen, Department of English and Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University.Prof. Tiessen, founding editor of The Malcolm Lowry Newsletter and The Malcolm Lowry Review, has written numerous articles on Lowry and is the editor or co-editor of A Darkness that Murmured: Essays on Malcolm Lowry and the Twentieth Century (2000); Joyce/Lowry: Critical Perspectives (1997); The 1940 Under the Volcano (1994); The Cinema of Malcolm Lowry: A Scholarly Edition of Lowry's Tender Is the Night (1990); Apparently Incongruous Parts: The Worlds of Malcolm Lowry (1990); and The Letters of Malcolm Lowry and Gerald Noxon, 1940-1952 (1988).



7:30 – 9:00: Registration

9:00 – 10:00: Panel 1. Mexico, Liverpool, Vancouver

Annick Drösdal-Levillain (Université de Strasbourg): “Malcolm Lowry: From Liverpool to Vancouver in the Twinkle of an Eye”

Ryan Rashotte (University of Guelph): “National/Narratological Agency and ‘The Machinery of La Mordida”

10:30 – 12:00: Panel 2. Lowry and Media

Michael Romer (Edinburgh): “Lowry’s Influence on Orcadian Filmmaker Margaret Tait”

William Hagen (Oklahoma Baptist University): “Scenes from the ‘Films’ of Malcolm Lowry”

Chris Ackerley (University of Otago): “Under the Volcano: From Novel to Opera”

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch

1:00 – 2:30: Panel 3. The Short Stories

Sarah Banting (University of British Columbia): “Alone Across the Border: Audience and Geography in ‘The Bravest Boat’”

Jonathan Morissette (University of British Columbia): “Elephants and Volcanoes: Memory, Multiplicity, and Reading Oneself in Malcolm Lowry’s Fiction”

Claude Maisonnat (Université Lumière-Lyon 2): “A Silent Rebuke Administered with Dignity: The Unsteady Textual Voice in ‘Elephant and Colosseum’”

3:00 – 4:30: Keynote Speaker

Paul Tiessen (Wilfrid Laurier University): “’Grandmama would like to see Intolerance again’: Malcolm Lowry, Literary Modernism, and a Million Moviegoers”

6:00 – 8:00: Film

8:00 - : Dinner/Free time


9:00 – 10:00: Panel 4. Lowry and Poetry

Anne C. Magnan-Park (Indiana University): “The Poet Invites the Storm: A Study of
Malcolm Lowry’s Unexplored Poems”

Christine Texier-Vandamme ( ): Under the Volcano and Jakobson’s ‘poetic writing’”

10:30 – 11:30: Panel 5. Special Topic

Chris Ackerley (University of Otago): “Lowry on the Web”

11:30 – 1:00: Lunch

1:00 – 2:30: Panel 6. Lowry, Bakhtin, Genette, Debord

Ailsa Cox (Edge Hill University): “Soundscapes in Lunar Caustic”

Charlotte Nobles (University of British Columbia): “Authoritative Discourse and Layered Diegesis in Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano”

Mark Goodall (University of Bradford): “Under the Volcano … the Beach: Malcolm
Lowry and the Situationists”

3:00 – 4:30: Panel 7. Lowry and the Contemporary French Novel

Special panel sponsored by the Government of France.


Arno Bertina

Patrick Deville

Olivier Rolin

7:00 - : Banquet


9:00 – 10:00: Panel 8. Lowry, Folklore, Myth

Charles Hoge (Metropolitan State College of Denver): “Phantom Priapuss: An Exploration of the Distorted Phantom Dog Tradition in Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano”

Nigel H. Foxcroft (University of Brighton): “Souls and Shamans: The Cosmopolitan Psychology of Malcolm Lowry

10:30 – 12:00: Panel 9. The Volcano

Mathieu Duplay (Université Lille 3): “Pathologies of Knowledge: David Markson, Under the Volcano, and the Experience of Thought”

Charity Matthews (University of British Columbia): Geographical Memory and Construction in Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano”

Josiane Paccaud-Huguet (Université Lumière-Lyon 2): “Varieties of Gaze in Under the Volcano”

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch

1:00 – 2:30: Panel 10. Lowry Smorgasbord

Alberto Rebollo (Mexico): “Under the Spell of the Volcano: Lowry and His Interdimensional Life”

Pierre Schaeffer (Université de Strasbourg): “’The Forest Path to the Spring,” or Malcolm Lowry’s Exercise in Literary Homothetics”

Victor Doyen (Belgium): “The Jan Gabrial Papers”

3:00 – 4:30: Keynote Speaker

Sherrill Grace (University of British Columbia): “’Do you remember?’: War and the Landscape of Memory in Under the Volcano”

6:00 - : Trip to Dollarton


  1. Where/who is the colour photograph of Dollarton from at the bottom of the post from? Never seen it before, any idea whose cabin it was or the date it was taken? Is that the S/Hell oil refinery in the background? I'm guessing it's old as all the cabins are long demolished? Fantasic blog by the way, not enough Lowry/Dollarton info on the net...

  2. Hi David

    Apologies for the belated reply - I have eventually found where I came across the photo. I will post the link as a separate post in case you miss this reply.

    Thanks for dropping by