Centre for Studies in Literature

Launch event

Undeterred by torrential rain and gale-force winds, members of CSL and guests from within the University and the wider academic community gathered on Wednesday, April 25th 2012, at the ASPEX Gallery, Gunwharf Quays, to celebrate the official launch of CSL’s new website dedicated to Contemporary Fiction and its associated JISClist. In addition to this site, the evening also saw the launch of a number of new books written or edited by members of the Research Centre.

Jo West from Blackwell’s University Bookshop presided over a splendid display of books that featured all the titles officially launched that evening: Theo Savvas’ American Postmodernist Fiction and the Past and Christopher Pittard’s Purity and Contamination in Late Victorian Detective Fiction as well as the edited collections Conflict, Nationhood and Corporeality in Modern Literature: Bodies-at-War by Petra Rau, Tea and Politics: the Boston Tea Party (1773) and the Commutation Act (1784) (Volume 4) Tea and the Tea-Table in Eighteenth-Century England by Ben Dew, These Englands. A Conversation on National Identity by Christine Berberich & Arthur Aughey, Land & Identity: Theory, Memory, and Practice by Christine Berberich, Neil Campbell & Robert Hudson, Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis by Bronwen Price, and Crime Culture: Figuring Criminality in Fiction and Film by Bran Nicol, Patricia Pulham & Eugene McNulty. Over drinks and nibbles there was a chance to look at the books and chat.

The evening culminated in a mesmerizing reading by acclaimed novelist Patricia Duncker, author of Hallucinating Foucault and The Strange Case of the Composer and His Judge who had joined us from Manchester for the day.