Networking May Sinclair – presentations online

The Networking May Sinclair conference, held at the Université de Nantes in June 2020, was a productive and stimulating event, with so many thought-provoking and entertaining papers. The Sinclair Society would like to thank the organisers wholeheartedly for all their work putting the programme together and embracing the digital challenge.

If you didn’t make it to the conference, but were interested in hearing some of the papers (or indeed if you did make it but you’d like to hear some of the papers again) you’ll be interested to know that recorded versions have been made available by the Université de Nantes. Take a look!


Networking May Sinclair: Online Conference

The programme for ‘Networking May Sinclair’ is now confirmed! This two-day event, originally planned in-person in 2020, will now be held on Zoom on the 24th and 25th of June, 2021. Registration is free, and you can reserve your place by emailing Florence Marie at – all welcome.

Please note all times are Paris time (UTC/GMT +2 hours), as this event is hosted at Nantes.

[Programme edited 17/06/21]



Convenors : Leslie de Bont, Isabelle Brasme & Florence Marie

Thursday 24 June

10:15 Welcome Address (“Paris time – UTC/GMT +2 hours”)

10:30-12: May Sinclair between the Victorians and the Modernists

Chair: Florence Marie

Georges Letissier – “The Innocence of the Eye”: May Sinclair’s Reversed Case Study of the Brontës.

Maria Juko – Jessie Boucherett’s Smilesian Gentlewomen in May Sinclair’s Three Sisters.

Isabelle Brasme – May Sinclair, Modernist Critic.

Lunch break

14:00-15:00 Memory and Aftermath

Chair: Isabelle Brasme

Andrew Frayn – “Odd how the War changes us”: May Sinclair, domesticity and war

Jana Funke – “Nothing is lost”: May Sinclair, Inherited Memory and Impersonality.

15-minute break

15:15-16:15 Mysticism

Chair: Claire Drewery

Christine Battersby – With Schopenhauer at the Belgian Front: May Sinclair’s War Journal and Related Texts

James Thrall – Agency and the Modern Mysticism of May Sinclair.

Friday 25 June

10:00- 11:00 Woman in/of letters

Chair: Rebecca Bowler

Suzana Zink – “Miss Sinclair’s Sparkles”: May Sinclair in Contemporary Newspapers

Sanna Schyllert – “‘Don’t have anything to do with them,’ she said”: May Sinclair as a fictional character.

15-minute break

11:15-12:45 Aesthetic Networks

Chair: Sanna Schyllert

Emma Liggins – Women writing the uncanny in the 1920s: May Sinclair, Clemence Dane and Elizabeth Bowen.

Shalini Sengupta – Broken Gifts: May Sinclair, Modernism, and the Motif of Exchange.

Khalid Chaouch – May Sinclair and her Illustrators/Co-Authors.

Lunch break

14:00-15:00 Treading New Ground

Chair: Georges Letissier

Milena Schwab-Graham – “Sharp, queer, uncertain happiness”: Walking as feminist “affective militancy” in May Sinclair’s Mary Olivier.

Faye Pickrem – The Anatomy of Agency in May Sinclair

15-minute break

15:15-16:45 KEYNOTE LECTURE – Rebecca Bowler and Claire Drewery

Chair: Leslie de Bont