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/
All meetings will take place at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU. For more information, contact Literary London or get in touch with the group’s organisers directly at literarylondonrg at gmail.com
First Session: Tuesday, 16 October 2018 6.00-7.30pm – Senate House, Room 243
Dr Simon Goulding (Independent) and Dr Flore Janssen (Birkbeck) — ‘(Re-)Developments: London Docklands, 1880s/1980s’
Second Session: Friday, 27 November 2018, 6.00-7.30pm – Senate House, Room 243
Dr Elizabeth Eger (KCL) — ‘Bluestocking Conversation Pieces’
Third Session: Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 6.00-7.30pm – Senate House, Room 243
Dr Uttara Natarajan (Goldsmiths) – ‘Hunt and Dickens on London’
Fourth Session: Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 6.00-7.30pm – Senate House, Room 234
Professor Sue Wiseman (Birkbeck) — Title TBC
Fifth Session: Tuesday 14 May 2019, 6.00-7.30pm – Senate House, Room 243
Professor Robert Hampson (RHUL) — ‘”Urban Poetics”: London Poetry in the 1970s’
Sixth Session: Tuesday 11 June 2019, 6.00-7.30pm – Senate House, Room 243
Dr Oskar Cox Jensen (QMUL) — ‘Can We “Rescue” Billy Waters?’