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The Literary London Reading Group


The Literary London Reading Group seeks to explore the processes (whether of exploration, appropriation, myth-making, derangement or disavowal) that contribute to creation and destruction of an imagined city and its fictional territories. Throughout the course of the year sessions will aim to foster an enriched understanding of London as a city comprised of a multiplicity of sites out of which narratives are woven and bound. Whether a text is situated in Pall Mall, Eel Pie Island or in an imagined dystopian future, part of the skill of writing urban experience arises from successfully ‘siting’ a narrative and capturing that elusive sense of place that grounds it in a particular setting.

The Literary London Reading Group meets regularly throughout the academic year. Details of upcoming events will be posted on this page, at the IES website, and on our Twitter page, so make sure you keep checking for updates.

Reading for each session, and a record of past sessions, can be found at the Reading Group’s blog at http://literarylondonrg.wordpress.com/

For more information, contact Literary London or get in touch with the group’s organisers directly at literarylondonrg at gmail.com

 

Schedule

 

First Session: Tuesday, 8 October 2019 6.00-7.30pm – UCL, Wilkins Building South Wing, IAS Seminar Room 11

Dr Alasdair Bennett (Royal Holloway) — Medieval Foundations: St Erkenwald and the Hidden Histories of St Paul’s Cathedral

 

Second Session: Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 6.00-7.30pm – UCL, Wilkins Building South Wing, IAS Seminar Room 11

Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry (De Montfort) — Title TBC

 

Third Session: Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 6.00-7.30pm – UCL, Wilkins Building South Wing, IAS Seminar Room 11

Dr Lindsay Crisp (Open University) — Title TBC

 

Fourth Session: Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 6.00-7.30pm – Room 239, UCL, Wilkins Building South Wing, IAS Seminar Room 11

Dr Evelyn Heinz (Independent) — ‘Ghetto Poet’: John Rodker’s Pre-War London

 

Fifth Session: Tuesday 10 March 2020, 6.00-7.30pm – UCL, Wilkins Building South Wing, IAS Seminar Room 11

Dr Christopher Webb (UCL) — ‘Useless, pointless, waste’: The End of the 1960s British Avant-Garde

 

Sixth Session: Tuesday 12 May 2020, 6.00-7.30pm – UCL, Wilkins Building South Wing, IAS Seminar Room 11

Dr Paul Dobraszczyk (UCL) — From Cesspool to Supersewer: Placing London’s Subterranean Waste