CALL FOR PAPERS
Literary London 2010
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
7-9th July 2010
Professor Michael Slater (Birkbeck, University of London)
Professor Susan Alice Fischer (Medgar Evers College, City University of New York)
Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck, University of London)
Other keynote speakers may be announced
Proposals by 31st March 2010
The 9th 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 2010 aims to:
· Read literary and dramatic texts in their historical and
social context and in relation to theoretical approaches to the study of
· Investigate the changing cultural and historical geography
· 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
· Celebrate the contribution London and Londoners have made
to English literature and drama.
Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers 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-classical 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 especially welcome for
consideration. While proposals on all topics are encouraged, this year
we would especially welcome paper or panel proposals on the theme of
'centrality'. Topics that might be addressed are:
· Representations of London's position as a literary, cultural,
social, and economic centre
· Literature and power, political and cultural
· Court literature and parliamentary literature
· Money and writing
· The relationship between the metropolis and its others
· The centre as a zone of sociability
· Literary clubs and cabals
· City-centre literature and inner-city literature
· 'when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for there
is in London all that life can afford'
· 'London is the place to be'
· 'things fall apart: the centre cannot hold'
Please send proposals for 20-minute papers by Wednesday 31 March 2010
to: [log in to unmask] Your proposal should contain your name,
your institutional affiliation, your email and postal addresses, the
title of your proposed paper, and an abstract of no more than 300 words.
Proposals for comprised panels of three speakers are also welcome.
Proposals for panels should contain the proposer's name, institutional
affiliation, email and postal addresses, and an abstract of the panel of
no more than 500 words. You must also include a name, institutional
affiliation, email address, and paper title for each of your speakers.
You do not need to provide separate abstracts for each of the papers.
Literary London Organising Committee: Dr Lawrence Phillips (University
of Northampton) and Dr Brycchan Carey (Kingston University, London).
Please direct any queries related to this conference to:
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The Annual Literary London conference is mutually supportive of the
e-journal of the same name.
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