Centre for Studies in Literature

Seminar series

2017 series

All seminars take place on Tuesdays, between 5-6pm, in Dennis Sciama Building DS1.12, except where noted

Seminar Series

26/02/2018 - Poetry Reading: The Confessions

PLEASE NOTE – MONDAY 5:00-6:30PM, DS 2.12
Christopher DeWeese, Wright State University

27/03/2018 - Lyrical Realism: A Defence

David James, University of Birmingham

28/03/2018 - ANNUAL LECTURE - Customary Suits of Solemn Black: Mourning, Melancholy and Costume Design in Hamlet

3.30-5.00pm DS 2.14
Bridget Escolme, Queen Mary University of London

Research-in-progress seminars

All research-in-progress events take place Milldam LE1.03 Wednesday 3-4pm unless stated

  • 28 February 2018 - Dr Bronwen Price, '" Still think on ...": retreat, engagement and agency in Mary Chudleigh's work - LE0.01 4-5pm
  • 7th March 2018 - Dr Ben Davies, 'Agamben's Contemporary Reader: 10:04 and the Problematics of Contemporary Fiction'
  • 9th May 2018 - Dr Diane Warren, '"The accumulated and single": Modernist Orphans and Inheritance' 1-2pm DS 2.07

Past Seminars


  • Maggie Bowers (University of Portsmouth) - Really Magical Realism?
  • Joel Swann (University of Portsmouth) - 'Scrutiny's George Herbert'
  • Christopher Tilmouth (University of Cambridge) - Literary criticism as moral phenomenology: some eighteenth-century examples
  • James Smith (Royal Holloway, University of London) - Taking Back Control: Populism and Sovereignty from Derrida to Defoe
  • Caroline Sumpter (Queen's University, Belfast) - Survival of the Vulgarest: George Gissing, Popular Science and Moral Crisis
  • Jonathan Cranfield (Liverpool John Moores University) - Death From Below: The Submarine and Political Turmoil in British Periodicals and Fiction, 1901-1914
  • Rosie Paice (University of Portsmouth) - Gardeners’ World: Companionship and Retreat in Milton’s Eden
  • Daisy Hay (University of Exeter) - Living with the Nightmare in the Joseph Johnson Circle
  • Briony Frost (University of Plymouth) - Shakespeare and the ‘Absent’ Audience: Un/heard Applause during NTL and RSC Broadcasts
  • Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London) - Brexit, Cruel nostalgia and the memory of the Second World War


  • Professor Jeff Wallace (Cardiff Metropolitan University) - Sensation and the Education of the Senses: Read, Lawrence, Whitehead
  • Professor Paul Crumbley (Utah State University) - Emily Dickinson’s Funeral and the Paradox of Literary Fame
  • Jodie Matthews (University of Huddersfield) - Reading the Waterways: Canals in Literary Context
  • Trish Ferguson (Liverpool Hope University) - The Best of all Possible Worlds? Scientific Romance and Futurity
  • Professor Graham Huggan (University of Leeds) - Sperm count: the Scoresbys and the North (CSL Annual Lecture)
  • Patricia Pulham (University of Portsmouth) - Sculpture in the Victorian Literary Imagination
  • Bronwen Price (University of Portsmouth) - ‘How now? How now?’: Temporality, autonomy and community in Richard III
  • Christine Berberich (University of Portsmouth) - Holocaust Perpetrator Trauma
  • Mariadele Boccardi (University of the West of England) - Figures for the past: fossils and theories of historical representation in Neo-Victorian fiction
  • Prof Nicholas Royle (University of Sussex) - Living Backwards: A Manifesto
  • Christopher Pittard (University of Portsmouth) - V for Ventriloquism: Henry Cockton’s Valentine Vox and Victorian Popular Culture
  • Prof Janet Clare (University of Hull) - Cosmography, utopian fiction and phantom islands
  • Prof Laura Peters (University of Roehampton) - Savage Stories: Dickens, Race and Cultural Memory


  • Maria Roth-Lauret (University of Sussex) - "The campaign against the foreign vegetable": early 20th C Americanization and the narrative of US immigration
  • Jim Cheshire (University of Lincoln) - Selling Poetry in the 1840s: Edward Moxon and Alfred Tennyson
  • Professor Tim Armstrong (Royal Holloway, University of London) - Forgetting Slavery in American Literature 1900-50
  • Noelle Dückmann Gallagher (University of Manchester) - Venereal Disease in the Eighteenth Century: At Least it's not Serious
  • Mark Burden (Queen Mary, University of London) - Dissent and the Intellect in the Long Eighteenth Century
  • Professor John Brannigan (University College Dublin) - Archipelagic Modernism: A Literature of Sea Spaces
  • Holly Howitt-Dring (University of Portsmouth) - Housewives and Half-Stories: A Question of Gender and Genre in Microfiction
  • Kate MacDonald (University of Reading) - The absence of shell-shock: rethinking how we teach the literary representation of the First World War
  • Eleanor Lowe (Oxford Brookes University) - 'Modest and grave': Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Stewardship and the Cowdray Manuscript
  • ANNUAL LECTURE: Prof Fred Botting (Kingston University) - 'I am dead': Poe, Voice and the Origin of Horror


  • Lucy Munro (King's College, London) - Bad Language and Bad Quartos: Swearing in Shakespeare's Tragedies
  • Martin Ryle (University of Sussex) - Figuring the Author. Representations of Writing in British Fiction since 1945
  • Gary Day (DMU) - Freud, Ritual and Tragedy
  • Derek Attridge (University of York) - Minority Literature and Global Readership: Contemporary Afrikaans Fiction and the Question of Translation
  • Melanie Seddon (University of Portsmouth) - Interior Spaces: Form, Function and Architecture in the Novels of B. S. Johnson
  • Cristanne Miller (University of Buffalo, SUNY, USA) - Dickinson, the Ballad, and Experiments in Nineteenth-century Verse Forms
  • Marion Wynne-Davies (University of Surrey) - “More women: more weeping”: the Communal Lamentation of Early Modern Women in the Works of Mary Sidney Herbert and Mary Wroth
  • Claire Brock (University of Leicester) - Female Surgical Patients at the Royal Free Hospital, 1903-1913
  • Rod Rosenquist (University of Portsmouth) - Mad Women 1900-1933: Advertising, Autobiography and The Atlantic Monthly
  • Claire Jowitt (University of Southampton) - Late Travel Drama: The Curious case of William Davenant
  • John Parham, (University of Worcester) - Can the past sustain the present?: Sustainability, Anxiety and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
  • Paul Young, (University of Exeter) - Romancing the Bone: W. H. Hudson’s The Purple Land, Leibig’s Extract of Meat Company and the Agro-Industrialization of Late-C19th Time and Space


  • Avril Horner & Janet Beer (Oxford Brookes University) - 'Edith Wharton: Sex, satire and the older woman'
  • Martin Dines (Kingston University London) - 'Literary Teardowns: suburban dereliction and redevelopment in recent American writing'
  • Monica Germanà (University of Westminster) - 'Bond Girls: The dialectics of gender construction'


  • Mark Frost (University of Portsmouth) - '"My dear Graham": Ruskin and the Lost Companions of the Guild of St George'
  • Chris Reid (Queen Mary University London) - 'Vindicating Lord Clive: performance and print in 18C parliamentary oratory'
  • Lyn Innes (University of Kent) - 'Lyn Innes: William Trevor and postcolonial London'
  • Simon Barker (University of Lincoln) - 'Lost Property: John Galsworthy and the search for "that stuffed shirt"'


  • Bronwen Price (University of Portsmouth) - 'Worlds within worlds: community, companionship and autonomy in Margaret Cavendish's The Blazing World'
  • Jane Ford (University of Portsmouth) - '"The play of the gift": economies of exploitation in Henry James' late fiction'
  • Margaret Healy (University of Sussex) - 'Shakespeare's sonnets, alchemy and the creative imagination'
  • Sarah Wootton - 'The Byronic hero in nineteenth-century fiction and screen adaptation'
  • Deaglán O'Donghaile (Liverpool Hope University) - 'Oscar Wilde and the Fenians'


  • Dr Charlotte Boyce (University of Portsmouth) - 'Food, Famine and the Abjection of Irish Identity in Early Victorian Print Culture'
  • Dr Benjamin Dew (University of Portsmouth) - 'The Politics of Tea in Britain and America.'
  • Dr David Stirrup (University of Kent) - 'Indigenous Aesthetics? Art and Engaged Resistance in Contemporary Native American Writing'
  • Prof. Catherine Maxwell (Queen Mary, University of London) - 'Whistlerian  Impressionism and the Venetian Variations of John Addington Symonds'
  • Prof. Adam Piette (University of Sheffield) - 'Lobotomies and Botulism Bombs: Beckett's Trilogy and the Cold War'


  • Dr Lucy Bland, (London Metropolitan University) - 'Sexual transgression in the age of the  flapper: treacherous women on trial'
  • Dr Diana Barsham, (University of Chichester) - 'Spirits, Spooks and Surrogate Spouses: Biographical Enigmas in the Lives of Arthur Conan Doyle and William Hayley’
  • Joao Cosme (University of Portsmouth) - 'Colonial Links in Postcolonial Times: Race and Reception in Lusophone and Anglophone Literary Africa'
  • Sabine Vanacker (Hull University) - 'Unease and Disease: The Body in P.D. James' 
  • Catherine Wynne (Hull University) - 'Traumatic Detections: Sherlock Holmes and the Problem of War'
  • Mark Frost (University of Portsmouth) - 'Ruskin's Textual Ecology'
  • Ben Grant (University of Kent) - 'The Ins and Outs of Richard Burton's Falconry in the Valley of the Indus' [Abraham & Torok, Derrida and "friendship" in the imperial context]