I’ve finally got round to posting a full copy of the ‘Gentleman Crooks’ paper that I gave at a conference about the Masculine Middlebrow a couple of years ago, at the University of London.
Regular followers of the blog may recognise some fragments of it as having appeared here before, but I thought it was worth putting the complete version online, as it draws together the contrasting ways in which A.M.Burrage, Bruce Graeme and Leslie Charteris adapted the Raffles-like gentleman burglar to the needs of the post-War world.
That Masculine Middlebrow conference was organised by the redoubtable Kate Macdonald. This year (together with Cornelia Wächter) she is at it again, with a symposium on ‘The Popular Imagination and the Dawn of Modernism’. It is at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, from 15-17 September. Full details are here: http://ies.sas.ac.uk/events/conferences/2011/Middlebrow2010/index.htm.
I shall be giving a paper called: “‘Terse as virulent hermaphrodites’: middlebrow representations of modernist poets in the 1920s”. It’s about how non-modernist writers (from P.G.Wodehouse to John Buchan and Noel Coward) parodied the modernists. It’s been fun to research.