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 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, 18 October 2016 6.00-7.30pm – Senate House, Room 243
Dr. Lisa Mullen (Worcester, Oxford) — ‘The Architecture of Visibility in Orwell’s London’
Second Session: Friday, 18 November 2016, 6.00-7.30pm – Senate House, Room 234
Dr. Naomi Hetherington (Sheffield) — ‘Mapping Jewish London in Amy Levy’s Reuben Sachs‘
Third Session: Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 6.00-7.30pm – Senate House, Room 243
Heather Scott (UCL) – Title TBC
Fourth Session: Tuesday 14 March 2017, 6.00-7.30pm – Senate House, Room 243
Dr. Helena Goodwyn (QMUL) — Title TBC
Fifth Session: Tuesday 11 April 2017, 6.00-7.30pm – Senate House, Room 243
Katie Gonzalez-Bell and Chris Woodley (Don’t Fail Safe Theatre Company) — Title TBC
Sixth Session: Tuesday 13 June 2017, 6.00-7.30pm – Senate House, Room 243
Dr. Lauren Elkin (Liverpool) — Title TBC