Ford Madox Ford International Conference and Celebration event

The Ford Madox Ford Society holds its international conference “Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End: Modernism and the First World War” 27-29 September 2012 at the Institute of English Studies, University of London.

First published as Some Do Not. . . (1924), No More Parades (1925), A Man Could Stand Up (1926) and Last Post (1928), Parade’s End has been described by Anthony Burgess as ‘the finest novel about the First World War’, by Samuel Hynes as ‘the greatest war novel ever written by an Englishman’, and by Malcolm Bradbury as ‘a central Modernist novel of the 1920s, in which it is exemplary’. In 2010–11, Carcanet published the volumes as major critical editions, providing for the first time reliable texts, detailed annotations and discussions of the textual histories. Also in 2011, the BBC and HBO embarked on a five-part adaptation, scripted by Sir Tom Stoppard, currently being shown on BBC One. As we approach the centenary of the start of the Great War, this conference will examine and celebrate Ford’s First World War modernist masterpiece.

The conference includes a Parade’s End: A Celebration, with a Q&A with Susanna White (BAFTA award-winning director of Parade’s End (2012), Generation Kill (2008), Jane Eyre (2006), and Bleak House (2005)) and Rupert Edwards (producer/director of Who on Earth Was Ford Madox Ford? A Culture Show Special (2012), The Trouble With Tolstoy (2011), and Chopin: The Women Behind the Music (2010), and Dr Sara Haslam (Chair of the Ford Madox Society, and Senior Lecturer in Literature in the Faculty of Arts, The Open University)

More details on the conference, and the free Celebration, can be found via the Society’s conference website.

More information on the adaptation of Parade’s End can be found on the BBC’s website.

Find out more about studying literature, including our qualifications, via the OU’s website.

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