Jenny Diski: A Celebration

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April 7, 2020
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Jewish History / Studies, Literature, Sexuality Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies


Jenny Diski sadly died in 2016, and the time is right for a celebration of her work.

Diski wrote in many genres, and was a prolific reviewer, who contributed regularly to the London Review of Books. Diski herself, though, refused to classify her writings, and it is as a writer, first and foremost, that she is appreciated by her many admirers. No reader of hers can fail to be dazzled by her style, or struck by her formal playfulness and innovation.

Yet, perhaps owing to her refusal to be confined by boundaries, Diski has tended to slip under the radar, or between the gaps, in academic discussions. This symposium will bring her to the fore by recognising that it is precisely her difference from what we might expect that makes her so exciting, and by drawing together the many aspects of her work.

The keynote speaker for the symposium is the writer Blake Morrison. Jenny Diski’s daughter Chloe Diski will be delivering a paper, and her husband, the poet Ian Patterson, will give the concluding remarks. Registration will close on 17th March 17:00, book now to secure your place!

Date & Location: 7th April 2020, at Rewley House, Oxford, UK.

Contact Info: 

Ben Grant, Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford