CFP: Literary London 2007: Representations of London in Literature (UK) (2/28/07; 7/19/07-7/20/07)

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Lawrence Phillips
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The 6th Annual Literary London conference will be hosted by the Department
of English University of Westminster, London, at their 309 Regent Street
building. ( Originally founded as the
Polytechnic Institution by Sir George Cayley, a higher education building
has stood at this site in the West End of London since 1838.

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 2007 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 and drama.
- Celebrate the contribution London and Londoners have made to English

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-Roman times to the present day.

While proposals on all topics and periods of London literature are
encouraged, given the historical associations of Westminster's Regent Campus
and the immediate area as a whole, this year we would especially welcome
paper or panel proposals on the theme of the theatre and performance.
Questions that might be addressed are: How has London been represented in
theatre and performance from the middle ages to the present day? What role
has the physical fabric of theatres, theatre companies and their associated
institutions played in the life of London? How has London's theatrical life
figured in theatrical and non-theatrical writing - as something useful and
instructive, or as something dangerous and corrupting? Is there a sense in
which literary and other texts suggest that London is a site of performance
or itself in some way a type of performance? What role have different
theatrical traditions (including such 'marginal' ones as clowning, street
theatre, pantomime) played in the life of London? We welcome papers about
the theatre and performance from central London to the suburbs and the

Though the main focus of the conference will be on literary, dramatic and
performance texts, we actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions
relating film, architecture, geography, theories of urban space, etc., to
literary/dramatic representations of London. Papers from postgraduate
students are welcome for consideration.

Abstracts of 200 words for 20-minute papers by 28th February 2007 to: or the postal address below.

Proposals for panels of three speakers are also welcome.

Dr Lawrence Phillips (University of Northampton) and Dr Brycchan Carey
Literary London Organising Committee
Department of English
School of Arts,
University of Northampton,
Avenue Campus,
St Georges Avenue,
Web site:

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

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