Special Offers

The MSA is pleased to announce a variety of discounts for special events being held during the conference.


MSA participants are invited to attend one of the two salon evenings in the childhood home of the author and painter Emily Carr.

Come and enjoy a stimulating discussion over wine and cheese. Participation is limited to 20 MSA members each evening.

Registration for the event costs $20 and will be offered on a first come first serve basis at the conference registration booth.

Friday, November 12, 2010
8:30 -10:30 pm
Emily Carr House (207 Government Street)

A Great Longing to Grow: Emily Carr and the Modernist Movement
Hosted by Linda Robertsgrow

Emily Carr (1871-1945), artist and author, encountered Modernism in a variety of contexts, from Post Impressionist and Cubist influences during her studies in France to the mentorship of artists such as Lawren Harris and Mark Tobey. Though not a follower of “isms,” she drew what she needed from the “new ideas,” first to portray First Nations art, and then in her singular quest to express the spirit of the great forests and coastal landscape of her British Columbia home.

In this salon-style gathering, you will have the chance to explore ways in which Carr incorporated a modernist perspective into her work. The emphasis will be on her painting, from 1912 to the later mature work, but her writing will also be explored. Although more in spirit than in style, some aspects of Carr’s prose can be seen to reflect a modernist sensibility. Certainly writing was part of her creative process, and in her written work she chronicles, with characteristic directness, the challenging journey to give form to her vision.

Linda Roberts, M.A. (University of Victoria), has a special interest in the relationship between the visual arts and literature, particularly during the Modernist period (her graduating conference paper was on Cubism and Gertrude Stein’s Reconfiguration of Language). She has long been an admirer of Emily Carr’s distinctive voice, both in painting and in print.

Saturday, November 13, 2010
8:30 -10:30 pm
Emily Carr House (207 Government Street)

Picking the Lock of Literature: An Artist Inspired by James Joyce
Hosted by Robert Amos

joyceA key figure in the development of the modernist novel, James Joyce is the focus of the second literary salon. The Saturday evening salon will be hosted by the artist Robert Amos. Inspired by the literature of James Joyce, Robert Amos has incorporated words and images derived from Joyce’s novels in various forms of artwork — paintings, calligraphy, decorated porcelain and even his inscribed costume. All these artworks are part of his ongoing efforts to come to terms Joyce, in particular his final masterwork, Finnegans Wake.

Not only will Amos show off his creations but he will also read to us from Joyce’s novels. You are invited to talk to him about the ways he has immersed himself in Joyce through his artwork, his "short-line" reformatting of the text and his creation of the only complete spoken-word recording of Finnegans Wake. Amos’s work can be seen on the cover of the James Joyce Quarterly as well as in the interior of the James Joyce Bistro in Victoria.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Jan Ross at the Emily Carr House for the wonderful idea and for making this all possible.


The University of Victoria Theatre Department has made available discounted tickets to its production of Yerma. MSA attendees may purchase tickets by filling out this form.

November 11-27, 2010
By Federico García Lorca
Directed by Warwick Dobson

Lorca's "tragic poem" is a harsh critique of the strict moral code that constrained women in mid-twentieth-century rural Spain. The play chronicles the passion, frustration and anguish of a young married woman as she struggles to come to terms with her inability to become a mother. Trapped within the confines of a loveless marriage and the victim of a judgmental and repressive community, her increasing desperation leads her to an unconventional and reckless course of action.

Open Space, at 510 Fort Street, from 8:30-10:00, Friday, November 12th

"The Pamperers" by Mina Loy
(Directed/Staged by Siobhán Scarry)

Written in 1916 and first published in a 1920 issue of "The Dial," Loy's play gives the Futurist movement, and F.T. Marinetti himself, a run for the money. A withering satire of the movement's tendency toward becoming the very culture it critiques, "The Pamperers" also dramatizes the hypocrisy of the movement's relationship to women. Confined to the dusty pages of "The Dial" until reprinted by Julie Schmid in a 1996 issue of "Performing Arts Journal," the play, it seems, may never have been produced. This staged reading of "The Pamperers," therefore, may be the play's first production.

Bio: Siobhán Scarry is completing her PhD with SUNY Buffalo, and is currently teaching Modernism at the University of Victoria. Her dissertation focuses on issues of community and intersubjectivity within American experimental poetries. Articles are forthcoming in "Jacket2," "Sagetrieb," and with the University of Iowa Press. Also a practicing poet, Siobhán's creative work has appeared in "Mid-American Review," "Greensboro Review," "jubilat," and elsewhere; new work is forthcoming in the journal "New Letters."

This performance is being staged “courtesy of Roger L. Conover, Mina Loy’s editor, on behalf of the Estate of Mina Loy”.


"H.D.: A Life"
Hilda Doolittle (pen name H.D., 1886-1961) was an American born poet who rejected the conventions of Victorianism for a life of personal and poetic experimentation. Among her intimates were Ezra Pound, D.H. Lawrence, Richard Aldington, and shipping heiress Bryher Ellerman. H.D. lived through the war years in London, traveled to Greece and Egypt, and was a patient of Sigmund Freud. In an extraordinary life lived among feuding lovers, poetic ambitions, and a driving desire for self-definition, H.D. forged new modes of thinking about poetry, love, and the modern condition.

Adhering to H.D.’s own idea of writing as “palimpsest,” a parchment that has been written over many times, the play is a layering of scenes drawn from H.D.’s memoirs, romans à clef, letters, and other biographical and autobiographical sources.
The performance at the Modernist Studies Association Conference is generously sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and is part of a larger project on dramatizing modernist scholarship.

Bio: Sasha Colby is Assistant Professor of World Literature and Explorations in Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. She is the author of "Stratified Modernism: The Poetics of Excavation from Gautier to Olson" (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009) as well as the one woman play "H.D.: A Life" which she has performed in North America, Europe, and Japan.


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