Literary London 2009: Call for Papers

Literary London 2009
Representations of London in Literature: An Interdisciplinary Conference
9-10 July 2009

Hosted by the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London
Organised by the University of Northampton, Kingston University, and Queen Mary, University of 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 2009 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: Literary London.

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