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 Literary London 28–29 June 2018


‘Conflict and Resolution’

Hosted by the Institute of English Studies, University of London 
U-155 exhibited near Tower Bridge in London after the 1918 Armistice

Conference Programme


Confirmed plenary speakers:

Prof Max Saunders

King’s College London

Dr Laura Schwartz

University of Warwick

David Caute

author of The Year of the Barricades: A Journey through 1968


Proposals are invited for papers, comprised panels, and roundtable sessions, which consider any period or genre of literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city’s roots in pre-Roman times to its imagined futures. While the main focus of the conference will be on literary texts, we actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions relating film, architecture, geography, theories of urban space, etc., to literary representations of London. Papers from postgraduate students are particularly welcome for consideration.

2018 is the centenary year of the end of the First World War and the start of female suffrage in the United Kingdom. It also marks a half century since 1968, a year of social and political convulsions across the globe. Possible topics that might be addressed at the 2018 conference include:

  • London, the world wars and their legacies
  • The city as home front during distant conflict
  • Imaginative engagements with London’s memorials and commemorative practice
  • Guardsmen, Royal Arsenal and Navy Dockyards: the capital’s military presence in literature
  • Struggles for suffrage and social justice
  • The London Dockworkers’ Strike of 1889 and the rise of the labour movements
  • The cultural materials of propaganda, protest and policing
  • When the world took to the streets: London’s 1968
  • Flashpoints over nationality and race: Evil May Day, the Battle of Cable Street, the Notting Hill Race Riots etc.
  • Contesting and celebrating sexuality on the city streets from the Bawdy House Riots to Gay Pride
  • Conflict and resolution in historical narrative: the literature of the Revolution and Restoration
  • Satires of London Life – and the personal, social, and political conflicts which produce them
  • Theatre and cinema wars
  • Conflicted Londoners: from William Blake, Henry Jekyll, J. Alfred Prufrock and Anna Wulf to Boris Johnson
  • Conflict and resolution in London-set genre fiction: thrillers, spy stories, romance, ‘future-war’ fiction



Submission deadline: 16 April 2018


Submit a paper proposal

Submit a panel proposal

Submit a roundtable proposal