The Symposium gratefully acknowledges the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the University of Ottawa, its Faculty of Arts
and Department of English.

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Ottawa Tourism

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Suzanne Bownes

Call for Papers

Whatever Else: An Irving Layton Symposium

"It's all diamond:" Beautiful Losers at 50
A Canadian Literature Symposium

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Beautiful Losers in 2016, the University of Ottawa's Department of English will be hosting a 1-day conference and seminar on Leonard Cohen's incendiary novel on May 29th, 2015. Papers are invited on any aspect of the novel and its place in Canadian culture. The event will be open to the public and will include a group seminar on the novel led by a leading Cohen scholar (TBA). Space for the seminar is limited to 15 participants. Please consult the registration information below if you are interested in this unique opportunity.

Possible approaches include:

  • Beautiful Losers and public reception
  • Beautiful Losers and its literary influence
  • Teaching Beautiful Losers
  • Beautiful Losers and women
  • Beautiful Losers and the representation of indigenous peoples and culture
  • Beautiful Losers and Quebec separatism
  • Beautiful Losers and religion
  • Beautiful Losers and sex
  • Beautiful Losers and translation
  • Beautiful Losers as an historical novel
  • Beautiful Losers and the forms of popular culture (comics, pop music, pornography, etc.)

Please send a 500-word abstract and short bio by March 15th to Robert Stacey at rstacey@uottawa.ca

To register for the Beautiful Losers seminar, please send a short bio to the email given above. Space is limited; preference will be given to students and active researchers. Your participation will be confirmed by April 1st.