CFP: [General] Literary London Conference 2009 (UK; 3/27/09; 7/9-10/09)

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Dr Lawrence Phillips

Literary London 2009
Representations of London in Literature An Interdisciplinary Conference

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Hosted by the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of
London UK

Organised by the University of Northampton, Kingston University, and
Queen Mary, University of London

9-10th July 2009

Rachel Lichtenstein, author of On Brick Lane and Rodinsky’s Room
Professor Scott McCracken (Keele, English)
Professor Miles Ogborn (QMUL, Geography)

Proposals by 27th March 2009

The 8th Annual Literary London conference will be hosted by the School of
English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, located in Mile End,
at the heart of London’s East End. The Mile End campus is historically
the home of Queen Mary College, which began life in 1887 as the People’s
Palace, a philanthropic endeavour to provide east Londoners with
education and social activities. In 1995 it merged with Westfield
College, which was founded in 1882 as a pioneering college for the higher
education of women. English studies commenced in 1905, and the Queen Mary
English department was founded in 1911 with the appointment of the writer
Hilaire Belloc. Today the Department of English is the largest in London,
and remains committed to world-class research and teaching. It has
recently launched a new interdisciplinary MA in London Studies.
The campus is easily reached on the Underground using the Central,
Hammersmith & City, and District lines to Mile End Station (in Zone Two;
c.15 minutes to central London).

London is 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 2008 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.
Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers which consider any period or
genre of English 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 the present day. 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 welcome for consideration. While
proposals on all topics are encouraged, this year we would especially
welcome paper or panel proposals on the theme of ‘Urban Geographies’.

Topics that might be addressed are:

* relationships between the disciplines of geography and literary
studies, or more generally between words and spaces

* representations of the city, the country, the exotic

* metaphors of geography in literary

* studies: ‘mapping’, ‘cartography’, ‘space’

* theories of the urban, of town planning, of cityscape, as ‘text’
* particular places, spaces, and the texts they engender

* the geomorphology of London and its literature

* ecological criticism, landscape ecology, climate change, geology,
cartography, geomatics, tourism, demography.

* migration studies

* urban spaces and postmodern theory, psychogeography

* the geography of London’s print culture

* the city as landscape, the landscapes of the city

Abstracts of 200 words for 20-minute papers by Friday 27 March 2009 to: Proposals for comprised panels of three
speakers are also welcome.

Literary London Organising Committee: Dr Lawrence Phillips (University of
Northampton), Dr Brycchan Carey (Kingston University), and Professor
Markman Ellis (Queen Mary, University of London).

The Annual Literary London conference is mutually supportive of the e-
journal of the same name.

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