On 19th of September Goldsmiths, University of London will host a Symposium to mark the 80th Anniversary of Henry Miller’s controversial debut novel, ‘Tropic of Cancer’.

An extraordinary picaresque combining high modernist literary styles with graphic and irreverent portrayals of sex, ‘Cancer’ was immediately banned throughout the English-speaking world. As a result, Miller is still widely dismissed as an unreconstructed mysogynist or producer of adolescent smut.

This Symposium brings together eight international scholars whose work attempts to restore his reputation in the twenty first century. The aim is to build on a growing body of research that reassesses Miller’s literary and cultural contribution by moving beyond his image as a pornographer as well as the equally reductive notion that he was some kind of sexual prophet.

How does Henry Miller fit in to the modernist lineage – particularly in relation to those ‘high’ early modernists who marked him out for glory? Most importantly, what is Miller’s relevance now, in an age that imagines itself free of the repressive taboos he was blacklisted for challenging?

It will take place between 9am and 6pm in the Richard Hoggart building, Room 137a, Goldsmiths, University of London.

The event is free for everyone but to ensure admission please register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-gob-of-spit-in-the-face-of-art-a-symposium-to-mark-the-80th-anniversary-of-henry-millers-tropic-tickets-12588415289?aff=es2&rank=1

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