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Literary London 2011

April 26, 2011

Representations of London in Literature
An Interdisciplinary Conference

Hosted by: the Institute of English Studies, University of London
Organised by the University of Northampton, Kingston University, London, and the Institute of English Studies, University of London

20-22 July 2011

Keynote Speakers: Markman Ellis (Queen Mary, University of London) , Greg Garrard (Bath Spa University)

  • The 10th Annual Literary London conference will be hosted by the Institute of English Studies, University of London. The Institute is located in Bloomsbury, at the centre of literary London, and just a few minutes’ walk from such attractions as the British Library, the British Museum, and the clubs, pubs, and restaurants of Soho. It is at the heart of London: one of the world’s major cities with a long and rich literary tradition reflecting both its diversity and its significance as a cultural and commercial centre. Literary London 2011 aims to:
    Read literary and dramatic texts in their historical and social context and in relation to theoretical approaches to the study of the metropolis.
    Investigate the changing cultural and historical geography of London.
    Consider the social, political, and spiritual fears, hopes, and perceptions that have inspired representations of London.
    Trace different traditions of representing London and examine how the pluralism of London society is reflected in London literature.
    Celebrate the contribution London and Londoners have made to English literature and drama.
  • This year, almost 100 papers are scheduled which between them consider virtually all periods and genres 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. In addition to this wide range of topics, many papers address this year’s conference theme of ‘Green London’. Topics that are being considered include:
    Representations of London’s parks, commons, and other green spaces
    Ecocritical approaches to London literature
    The relationship between the city and the country
    London’s leafy suburbs
    ‘The smoke’: polluted London
    The Zoo, the Botanical Gardens, the Natural History Museum, and other environmental organisations
    ‘Natural London’: the city as a habitat for wildlife
    Imagined environmental catastrophes in fiction

£75: Standard
£55: Speakers, IES Members, Concessions (students/unwaged/retired)

Click here for registration, and more information about the Institute for English Studies.

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