Pym Conference Papers



Barbara Pym and Social Anthropolgy
Peter C. Lloyd
First presented at the Barbara Pym Literary Weekend at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, August 1993

Hilary and Hazel in the US
Yvonne Cocking
read at the 2016 AGM

Barbara Pym’s 'Finding a Voice' and Hazel Holt’s Detective Novels
Jan Fergus
Read at the 2016 AGM

Working with Hazel
Laura Morris
Read at the 2016 AGM

Mrs Malory Disposes: Some Problems of an Amateur Detective
Clemence Schultze
Presented at the 2016 AGM

The Excellent Women’s Excellent Women:
An Exploration of Domestic Service in the Novels of Barbara Pym
Chris Jenkins
Presented at the 2016 Spring Meeting

Who’s Who in Some Tame Gazelle
Yvonne Cocking
Presented at the 2016 North American Conference

Love In Her Own Peculiar Way: Barbara Pym, Useless Longings, and Some Tame Gazelle
Michelle Huneven
Presented at the 2016 North American Conference

Socks and Underthings: Desire, Seduction, and the Private Life of Spinsters in Some Tame Gazelle
Victoria Patterson
Presented at the 2016 North American Conference

Rough Draft: Barbara Pym and the Nazis
Laura Shapiro
Presented at the 2016 North American Conference

The Conflicting Purposes of “Obscure Research” in Some Tame Gazelle
Adam Shoemaker
Presented at the 2016 North American Conference

Sisters Together, Spinsters Forever: Resisting the Goblin in Some Tame Gazelle
Prashansa Taneja
The 2016 Ellen J. Miller Memorial Essay
Presented at the 2016 North American Conference

The Novels of Barbara Pym: A Dance of Many Partners
Isabel Stanley
Presented at the 2015 AGM

A Suitable Attachment: Partnerships in Excellent Women
Deb Fisher
Presented at the 2015 AGM

Pym, Partners and Poems
Yvonne Cocking
Presented at the 2015 AGM

Partners in Pym
Clare Coombe & Julie Gittoes
Presented at the 2015 AGM

‘Whatever we Hereafter write, ’tis thy Posterity’: Oxford Library Collections through the Novels of Barbara Pym
Catriona Cannon
Presented at the 2015 AGM

‘How I have loved reading your book!’
Barbara Pym and Elizabeth Taylor:  A Friendship in Letters
Rose Little
Presented at the 2015 Spring Meeting

“Change and decay in all around I see”: The social background to Quartet in Autumn
Tim Burnett
Presented at the 2015 North American Conference

“Here’s to us, then”: The difficulties and rewards of “making contact” in Quartet in Autumn
Kathy Ackley
Presented at the 2015 North American Conference

“Some indefinite music?” Tone and indeterminacy in Quartet in Autumn
Nick Turner
Presented at the 2015 North American Conference

The experience of “not having”: Failure to connect in Barbara Pym’s Quartet in Autumn
Raina Lipsitz
Presented at the 2015 North American Conference

Barbara Pym among the Moderns: The case of Marcia in Quartet in Autumn
Emily Stockard
Presented at the 2015 North American Conference

Handsome, Clever and Rich: Wilmet Forsyth and Emma Woodhouse
Maggie Lane
Presented at the 2014 AGM

The Church of South India – Very Thoroughly
Fr. Colin Oxenforth
Presented at the 2014 AGM

‘Not Named Amongst Christians’: Debating ‘Marginal’ Homosexuals
     in A Glass of Blessings and 1950s England
Part 1:  Libby Tempest
Part 2:  Nick Turner
Presented at the 2014 AGM

A Close Look at Chapter One of Excellent Women
Beverly Bell
Presented at the 2014 North American Conference

The Spinster’s Natural Clothing: Postwar Styles in Excellent Women
Hope Hodgkins
Presented at the 2014 North American Conference

“Not Really First in Anybody’s Life”: The Friendship Between Mildred and Dora in Excellent Women
Orna Raz
Presented at the 2014 North American Conference

“But I have that within that passeth show”:
The Polite Sufferings of Spinster Life in the Narrative Voice of Excellent Women
Triona Adams
Presented at the 2014 North American Conference

Potato Peelings and Hawaiian Fire
Amaret Johnson
Presented at the 2014 North American Conference

Walk-Ons and Noises Off:  Peripheral Characters in Barbara Pym's World
Sandra Goldstein
Presented at the 2013 North American Conference

Smoked Salmon and a Perfectly Ripe Peach:
How Pym's Work Challenges the Soggy-Tinned-Peas Version of British Culinary History
Laura Shapiro
Presented at the 2013 North American Conference

Another Barbara:  New Insights into Barbara Pym
Robin Joyce
Presented at the 2013 North American Conference

Barbara Pym and the Naming of Names
Tim Burnett
Presented at the 2013 North American Conference

Pym’s Poems: Poetry by Barbara and her Friends
Yvonne Cocking
Presented at the 2013 North American Conference

Lady Farmer’s Lilies: Some Problems of a Church Flower Arranger
Tom Sopko
Presented at the 2012 AGM

Jane and Prudence: A Novel of Contrasts
Yvonne Cocking
Presented at the 2012 North American Conference

Barbara Pym and the Comedy of Manners
Charlotte Silver
Presented at the 2012 North American Conference

Jane and Prudence and Barbara and Hazel: The Women Friends of Barbara Pym
and How They Influenced Her Work
Linda McDougall
Presented at the 2012 North American Conference

Not Quite a Trollope Wife: Jane Cleveland’s Literary Expectations of Herself  as a Clergy Wife
Isabel Stanley
Presented at the 2012 North American Conference

“As Good As Anything I Ever Did”: Bits of Brilliance in Crampton Hodnet
Kathy Ackley
Presented at the 2011 AGM

City of Dreaming Spires:  Barbara Pym and the Oxford Novel
Eleonore Biber
Presented at the 2011 AGM

“A Thankless Task?”
Yvonne Cocking
Presented at the 2011 North American Conference

Sister Acts: The Unlikely Pair in the Early Novels of Barbara Pym
Thad Cockrill
Presented at the 2011 North American Conference

Cooking in a Bedsitter: Barbara Pym on the Allure and the Loneliness of Single Life
Martha Wilson
Presented at the 2011 North American Conference

No Fond Return of Love: The Birth of the “Angry” Young Excellent Woman
Gloria Nakamura
Presented at the 2011 North American Conference

“The Things I See!” – Suburbs and Sagas in No Fond Return of Love
Sandra Goldstein
Presented at the 2011 North American Conference

Barbara’s First Oxford Romance OR ‘Life Before Henry’
Yvonne Cocking
Presented at the 2010 AGM

“Celibacy of the Clergy Has Always Been Our Motto”: The Clergy House of St Luke’s
Eleonore Biber
Presented at the 2010 North American Conference

St Mary’s, St Luke’s and Great St Bart’s: High Church in London, Then and Now
Tim Burnett
Presented at the 2010 North American Conference

“WHAT IS MY NEXT NOVEL TO BE?”
Yvonne Cocking
Presented at the 2010 North American Conference

Fashion in A Glass of Blessings
Sandra Goldstein
Presented at the 2010 North American Conference

Don’t Get Too Comfortable: The Pain of Idleness under Cover of Sleek Wealth
Kristin G. Kelly
Presented at the 2010 North American Conference

Food in A Glass of Blessings
Laura Shapiro
Presented at the 2010 North American Conference

“Grey and pointed at both ends”:  The Genesis of A Few Green Leaves and Its Public Reception
Yvonne Cocking
Presented at the 2009 North American Conference

Bookends: Some Tame Gazelle and A Few Green Leaves
Charles Hansmann
Presented at the 2009 North American Conference

Missing Sideboards and Faded Slipcovers: Marriage in Crampton Hodnet
Ann DiPietro
Presented at the 2008 North American Conference

Can Excellent Women Marry?
Eileen Kennedy
Presented at the 2008 North American Conference

Marriages Real and Virtual in Some Tame Gazelle
Charles Hansmann
Presented at the 2008 North American Conference

Mild Kindly Looks, Spectacles and Kiddisoaps: Where Has All the Passion Gone?
A Look at Marriage in Jane & Prudence
Dan DiPietro
Presented at the 2008 North American Conference

Barbara Pym and Rupert Gleadow
Presented by Yvonne Cocking
Presented at the 2008 North American Conference

What Is a “Pymish” Mystery Novel?
Kathy Ackley
Presented at the 2007 North American Conference

What Barbara Pym Read: Less-Known and Less-Regarded Works
Presented by Isabel Stanley
Presented at the 2007 North American Conference

Barbara Pym in Germany
Yvonne Cocking
Presented at the 2006 North American Conference

Class in the Novels of Barbara Pym II
Tim Burnett
Presented at the 2005 North American Conference

Barbara Pym and the Sermon
Barbara J. Dunlap
Presented at the 2005 North American Conference

Under the Spell of Barbara Pym
Dale Salwak
Presented at the 2005 North American Conference

Everyone Has a Mother
Katherine Anne Ackley
Presented at the 2004 AGM

Mothers and Others in Austen and Pym
Maggie Lane
Presented at the 2004 AGM

Class and the Novels of Barbara Pym
Tim Burnett
Presented at the 2003 North American Conference

Vibrations in the Memory: Larkin's Favorite Books and Classical Music
Fr Gabriel Myers, OSB
Presented at the 2003 North American Conference

The Company of Women: Women's Friendships in the Novels
Katherine Anne Ackley
Presented at the 2002 North American Conference

Communal Rites: Tea, Wine and Milton in Barbara Pym Novels
Judy McInnis
Presented at the 2002 North American Conference

The Excellent Woman: Subversion from Behind a Teacup
Catherine Wallace
Presented at the 2002 North American Conference