Centre for Studies in Literature
The Centre for Studies in Literature supports and encourages a range of research activities, including seminar programmes, an annual symposium, and major conferences.
Our interdisciplinary 2017 Conference, Britain in Europe, Europe in Britain, was held on 22 and 23 June 2017, and aimed to look at the social and cultural repercussions of the Brexit vote, assessing the future of Britain within the EU, as well as the future of Europeans within Britain.
Our Postgraduate Conference 2018 was titled Post-Truth: An Interdisciplinary Exploration, looking at new language, new technology and new media making a post-truth environment. Read more: Postgraduate Conference 2018
Our 2018 Symposia, Victorian Animal Encounters and Death and Celebrity, were held on 4th May and 6th June respectively. Orphan Identities, our 2016 Symposium considered the roles played by literary orphans in their contemporaneous cultures.
The seminar series provides a forum for new research in literature, and speakers include both those working within the Centre and guests from other institutions.
The second CSL Modernity and the European Mind Colloquium was part of the 2016 Conference hosted at the University of Portsmouth on the 16-17 June 2016. Read more: Conference 2016: Modernity & the European Mind: Writing the Past, Constructing Identities
Our first, held in 2015, may be viewed here: Modernity and the European Mind 2015.
Much Ado about Portsmouth
The Much Ado About Portsmouth festival (co-organized by CSL's Rosie Paice) marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, from 18th to 23rd April 2016. The emphasis of the festival is on celebrating Shakespeare's legacy creativity, drawing on scholarly and popular responses to the bard. The festival will feature a variety of interdisciplinary projects involving University of Portsmouth researchers and students, and collaborative ventures that will develop links between the University and local community groups and organizations. For more information, visit http://maap.port.ac.uk
Among the events which have taken place recently within the Centre are:
- 2016 Conference: Modernity & the European Mind: Writing the Past, Constructing Identities
- 2016 Conference: Shakespearean Communities
- 2016 Symposium: Bloody Passions
- 2015 Conference: Julia Margaret Cameron - A Bicentenary Conference
- 2015 Postgraduate Conference: Collectors and Collecting from the Early Modern Period to the Present
- 2014 Conference: Celebrity Encounters
- 2014 Conference: Cultures of Commemoration
- 2014 Symposium: Detecting Objects
- 2014 Symposium: Public Modernism / Modernism's Public
- 2014 Symposium: John Burnside
- 2014 Postgraduate Conference: The Poetics of Space in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Culture
- 2014 Annual Lecture: "Shakespeare's Authorities", Colin Burrow, University of Oxford
- 2013 Symposium: Poems Are Being Written: the Scenes, Surfaces and Textures of Creativity in Contemporary Literature
- 2013 Conference: Trauma & Memory: the Holocaust in Contemporary Culture
- 2013 Postgraduate Conference: Materiality & Corporeality: The Body in Popular Fiction and Visual Culture
- 2013 Workshop: Time & Temporality.
- 2013 Workshop: Preparing for doctoral study.
- 2013 Annual Lecture: "Quiet: toward a phenomenology of urban perception in Dickens or, Modernity, the Self, the City", Julian Wolfreys
- 2012 Postgraduate Conference: Wounded Bodies, Tortured Souls
- 2012 Symposium: Imaginary Europes
- 2012 Conference: The Other Dickens
- 2011 Symposium: Neo-Historical Exoticism and Contemporary Fiction
- 2011 Postgraduate Symposium: Enslavement: Colonial Appropriations, Apparitions, Remembrances
- 2011 Annual Lecture: "A new Shakespeare play? The story of Cardenio’s double falsehood", Tiffany Stern
- 2010 CSL Inaugural Lecture: "Decadent Fantasia: Modern Images of Closed Space and Open Sex", Camille Paglia
- 2010 Symposium: Historical Fictions and Fictions of History, 1680-1830
- 2010 Conference: Early Modern Exclusions
- 2010 Postgraduate Conference: Framing the Self
- 2010 Conference: Transatlantic Decadence in Literature and Art
- 2009 Symposium: Amity in Early Modern Literature and Culture
- 2009 Swinburne: A Centenary Conference
- 2008 Symposium: Post/Colonial Cultures: Legality and Legitimacy
- 2008 Conference: Crime Cultures: Figuring Criminality in Literature, Media and Film
- 2007 Symposium: Writing War