Eccles Centre Summer Scholars Seminar Series 2015

Join the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library for a series of free lunchtime events where writers and scholars will discuss their work and forthcoming publications in an informal setting. The series brochure can be seen here and there are full abstracts for each talk on the Eccles Centre website.

Attendance is free and all are welcome.  Tea and coffee will be provided. Visitors may bring their lunch if they wish. To reserve places for any date visit Eventbrite.

Sessions relevant to comparative literature researchers:

Friday 17 July

‘Joseph Zobel, French Caribbean author’

Louise Hardwick (University of Birmingham) discusses Joseph Zobel’s work and its contribution to understandings of Négritude, colonialism and post-slavery Martinique. Find out more…

 Friday 31 July    

‘Writing Detroit’

Benjamin Markovits (Eccles British Library Writer in Residence) reads from his new novel, You Don’t Have To Live Like This, in a discussion about race, Walden and the death and life of the great American city. Find out more…

Monday 3 August           

‘Ghosts and Authors: Reading The Turn of the Screw

Sarah Churchwell (University of East Anglia; Eccles British Library Writer in Residence) explores the different ways we read, using Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw as a forum for discussing the possibilities. Do we read for character, plot, emotion, ideas, realism, escapism? How far should authors’ intentions, or what we think we know about those intentions, shape our ideas about the books they produce? Find out more…

Monday 10 August         

‘Transportation Stories: Servants, Convicts, and Class Formation in the Literature of Colonial America’

Matthew Pethers (University of Nottingham; Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow) will discuss the indentured servants and felons who were transported to America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and their role and representation in an emerging tradition of American working-class literature. Find out more…

Monday 24 August         

‘The Poetics of Reticence: Emily Dickinson and Her Contemporaries’

Eve Grubin (Kingston University & NYU London) discusses Emily Dickinson’s poems and their characteristic style against the backdrop of poetry written by other American women during Dickinson’s time. Find out more…

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