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Maud Ellmann to give the Inaugural Lorna Sage Memorial Lecture at UEA: PG bursaries available

The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at UEA is pleased to announce the first annual Lorna Sage Memorial Lecture, to be given by Professor Maud Ellmann. The lecture will be titled ‘The Salesman Only Rings Once: Julian Maclaren-Ross and the Vacuum Cleaner in the 1930s’ and will take place in the Curve Auditorium at The Forum, Norwich on Thursday 14th June 2018 at 5.30pm. The lecture will be introduced by Professor Vic Sage, and followed by a wine reception. A symposium exploring Professor Ellmann’s will take place at UEA on Friday 15th June. Invited speakers at the symposium include Ian Patterson (Cambridge), Nicholas Royle (Sussex), Clair Wills (Princeton), Robert Young (NYU), Rachel Potter (UEA), Karen Schaller (UEA), Lyndsey Stonebridge (UEA), and Matthew Taunton (UEA). For further information or to register, please go to Both events are free and open to all, but advance booking is essential.

UEA is also making available two postgraduate bursaries, to cover UK standard-class rail travel and one night’s accommodation on campus. All students registered on a postgraduate degree in English or a related discipline are eligible. To apply, interested postgraduates should email a brief account (300 words) of why the lecture and symposium will be useful to their research to The deadline is midday on Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

Maud Ellmann is Randy L. & Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English at the University of Chicago. She is a leading figure in modernist studies, with wide-ranging interests in psychoanalysis, feminism and critical theory. Her publications include The Poetics of Impersonality: T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound (Harvard, 1987), The Hunger Artists: Starving, Writing, and Imprisonment (Harvard, 1993), Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism (ed.) (Longman, 1994), Elizabeth Bowen: The Shadow Across the Page (Edinburgh, 2003) and The Nets of Modernism: Henry James, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and Sigmund Freud (Cambridge, 2010).

Lorna Sage (1943–2001) was Professor of English Literature at the University of East Anglia. She held degrees from Durham and Birmingham, and was appointed assistant lecturer at UEA in 1965, shortly after the university was founded. From the 1970s she was a prominent critic and reviewer for newspapers and journals, including the New York Times, the Observer and the London Review of Books. In 1981 she was appointed Florence B. Tucker visiting professor at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, but she returned to UEA in 1985 to take up the post of Dean of the School of English and American studies, becoming a professor in 1994. As a scholar who specialised in modern fiction by women writers, Sage produced editions of books by Katherine Mansfield and Jean Rhys, among others, and wrote important studies of Doris Lessing and Angela Carter. She also published two collection of critical essays, Women in the House of Fiction (1992) and Moments of Truth: Twelve Twentieth-Century Women Writers (2001), and edited the Cambridge Guide to Women’s Writing in English (1999). Her childhood memoir,Bad Blood (2000), won the Whitbread prize for biography shortly before her death in January 2001. A posthumous collection of her journalism, Good as Her Word, appeared in 2003, edited by her former husband, Professor Vic Sage, and their daughter, Sharon.

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Lecture: From Avant-Garde to Architecture (and Back), London, 21 November

 Professor Tyrus Miller (University of California-Santa Cruz) will give a lecture entitled From Avant-Garde to Architecture (and Back) at the Institute of English Studies, London, at 18:00 on November 21.

About the paper:

 This paper considers the complex interactions of the historic avant-gardes with the symbolic idea, theory, and practice of modern architecture. Considering a number of cases including Malevich, Mondrian, Van Doesburg, Lajos Kassák, Moholy-Nagy, and El Lissitzky, I will discuss and assess Reyner Banham’s classic hypothesis that the avant-gardes played a crucial role for modern architecture in providing an “aesthetic discipline,” from outside of the architectural discipline, to make sense of various technical innovations, new materials, and emergent idioms of design. At the same time, for several avant-gardists architecture was invested with the dream of reinventing a totality lost among the multiplicity of incommensurable metropolitan sign-systems and forms: as a kind of utopian meta-art in which the autonomous languages of the various art-media, and even various extra-artistic dialects and functional idiolects, might be subsumed into a new, architectonic metalanguage assuring inter-translatability and social efficacy.

Tyrus Miller is Professor of Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is author of Late Modernism: Politics, Fiction, and the Arts Between the World Wars (U of California P, 1999); Singular Examples: Artistic Politics and the Neo-Avant-Garde (Northwestern UP, 2009); Time Images: Alternative Temporalities in 20th-Century Theory, History, and Art (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009); and Modernism and the Frankfurt School (Edinburgh UP, 2014). He is the editor of Given World and Time: Temporalities in Context (Central European UP, 2008) and the Cambridge Companion to Wyndham Lewis(Cambridge UP, 2016). He is the translator/editor of György Lukács, The Culture of People’s Democracy: Hungarian Essays on Literature, Art, and Democratic Transition (Brill, 2012) and series co-editor of Brill’s Lukács Library series.

Event details:

Senate House, Malet St, London, Room 246, 18:00 – 20:00

The event is free, but registration is required to ensure there’s room!

Please register your participation by contacting  the Seminar convenor, Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou, Visiting Research  Fellow at IES/SAS and Assist. Professor at Peloponnese University at

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Register now: Beckett Week, Reading, 2-5 November

The Beckett at Reading team is happy to announce the following events, which will take place during Beckett Week 2016 at the University of Reading. Please note that registration is necessary for all events.

Lisa Dwan: ‘A Beckett Actor’
The Billie Whitelaw Lecture (Wednesday 2 November, 6pm)
Minghella Building, Whiteknights Campus, The University of Reading
Student / Unwaged: £2
Waged: £5

Acclaimed Beckett actress, Lisa Dwan, who has performed in Beckett’s plays across the globe, will speak about performing in Beckett and about her mentor Billie Whitelaw, Beckett’s favourite actress. Lisa met Billie when she was preparing for a production of Beckett’s challenging play, Not I, and Billie passed her notes from Beckett on to Lisa. We are delighted to welcome Lisa Dwan back to Reading, following her virtuoso performance of a selection of Beckett’s prose for performance entitled No’s Knife at London’s Old Vic Theatre.

The lecture will be followed by a Wine Reception, and the Launch of the Billie Whitelaw Exhibition, which will for the first time show items from Billie Whitelaw’s Beckett Theatrical Collection, acquired by the Beckett International Foundation last year.

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Beckett and Politics Conference
(Thursday 3 – Friday 4 November)
Minghella Building, Whiteknights Campus, The University of Reading
UoR Student: £10 (1 day); £20 (2 days)
Student / Unwaged: £25 (1 day); £40 (2 days)
Waged: £35 (1 day); £50 (2 days)

Organised by the Beckett at Reading Postgraduate Group (BARP), the exciting theme of ‘Beckett and Politics’ will be discussed through panel topics ranging from capitalism and postcolonial Ireland to the politics of gender, sex and violence, and keynotes by Matthew Feldman, Elizabeth Barry and Daniela Caselli. All scholars, students, and enthusiasts are welcome. The provisional schedule and other information can be found here.

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The Gerald Finzi Memorial Lecture: ALICE OSWALD
(Friday 4 November, 6.30pm)
L022 Lecture Theatre, London Road Campus, The University of Reading
All delegates: Free entry

As part of the Reading Literature Festival 2016, critically acclaimed poet Alice Oswald will deliver the Gerald Finzi Memorial Lecture and give a reading of her poetry. After the lecture there will be a drinks reception in the Museum of English and Rural Life. This annual lecture was established in memory of the composer Gerald Finzi (1911-56), who lived in Newbury and had a close connection with Reading. His extensive collection of English literature is now held in the University’s archive.

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Mary Bryden Tribute Day
(5 November, 12-7pm)
Minghella Building, Whiteknights Campus, The University of Reading
All delegates: Free entry

A tribute day for the late, much loved Mary Bryden, Professor of French Studies at the University of Reading, and Co-Director of the Beckett International Foundation, who died a year ago. The day will start (at 12 noon) with a lecture by Emeritus Professor Jim Knowlson on Beckett and Billie Whitelaw. In the afternoon, there will be an academic panel which will reflect on aspects of Mary’s research in French Studies and Beckett Studies. This will be followed by personal and musical tributes from Mary’s colleagues and friends, and readings from Mary’s own creative writing. The event is free and will include lunch and a drinks reception at the end of the day.

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Upcoming: Comparative Modernisms Seminar, London

The program of upcoming events for the Comparative Modernisms Seminar, held at the Institute of English Studies, London, is now available.

About the Seminar

The Seminars Series in Comparative Modernisms, launched by the Institute of English Studies in 2016, stresses both modernism’s continuing relevance in the present and its complex, relational nature which calls for a comparative perspective.

It provides a forum for groundbreaking  multidisciplinary, transnational and inter-textual research in modernist studies by inviting English and international speakers as well as hosting a variety of associated events, such as roundtables, workshops and colloquia.

This term’s program

Monday 17 October 2016, Senate House, Room 246 time to be announced.


Stephen Ross  (University of Victoria)


Contact: Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou,


Monday 21 November 2016, 18:00-20:00  Senate House, Room 246

Modernist and Avant-garde Urban Utopias  

Tyrus Miller   (University of California-Santa Cruz)  |  IES Comparative Modernisms Seminar


Contact: Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou,


Monday  12 December 2016, Senate House

Historical Modernisms    

One-day International Colloquium   |  Part of  IES Comparative Modernisms Seminar

Keynote Speaker:

Jean-Michel Rabaté (Pennsylvania University, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences)

Fees applicable.

Deadline for submissions: 20 September 2016.

For information, please contact:

Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou,

Or read more information here.


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News: Katherine Mansfield Society Annual Birthday Lecture, London, Oct 15

Exciting news: the line-up has been announced for this year’s Katherine Mansfield Society birthday lecture.

About the event

We are delighted to announce that Professor Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Patron of the Katherine Mansfield Society, will be present at our forthcoming Annual Birthday Lecture on Saturday 15 October, 2pm, Court Room, Senate House, University of London.

The lecture on Katherine Mansfield and Music, by Claire Davison and Joseph Spooner,  features live cello and piano music.

The lecture will be followed by a double book launch, sponsored by Edinburgh University Press: a new biography of Katherine Mansfield by Gerri Kimber, and a complete edition of Mansfield’s poetry, edited by Gerri Kimber and Claire Davison.

Tickets are available here.

Ticket sales online will close on Thursday 13 October (assuming there are any seats left). It may be possible to pay on the door, but again, only assuming there are still seats available!

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CFS: The Ivan Juritz Prize, 2017

The 2017 Ivan Juritz Prize features a new collaboration with Cove Park, Scotland. This year’s prize is launched alongside a series of exciting events, including appearances from writers Deborah Levy and Eimear McBride, at King’s College London.

About the prize

Postgraduates from institutions throughout the EU are invited to submit projects that exhibit formal or creative daring. These might include creative writing (up to 2000 words), images, films (up to 15 minutes), digital artefacts, performances, or musical compositions.

The prize is a collaboration between the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture at King’s College London and Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre. Winners receive £1000 and spend the first two weeks of September at Cove Park, engaging in a residency and showcase. All shortlisted works are given a public performance at the prize-giving and are written up in the journal Textual Practice.

The prize will judged by Lisa Appignanesi, Michael Berkeley, Rachel Cusk, Dexter Dalwood, Julian Forrester, Jeremy Harding, Deborah Levy, Stephen Romer, and Fiona Shaw.

Please do spread the word about the prize, see for more details and follow both the prize and the Centre on twitter:




Playing and Reality

Tues 18 Oct, 6.30-8.00pm, Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London WC2R 2LS

Olivier Castel, Brett Kahr and Deborah Levy in conversation with Kate Shorvon

Free discussion followed by a drinks reception

Book here.

Forty-five years ago the paediatrician and psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott published Playing and Reality, in which he suggested that play supplied the foundation of all human creativity. Rather more controversially, he thought play could not be reduced to fantasy, conscious or unconscious. The opposite of play is not reality but compliance and conformity, from which a ‘false self’ may result. It’s a notion that continues to be extremely enticing today not just for psychoanalysts but for artists and writers. Here, the Centre for the Humanities & Health and the Centre for Modern Literature & Culture join forces to bring together a novelist, visual artist, and psychoanalyst to discuss Winnicott’s ideas. Deborah Levy, Olivier Castel, and Brett Kahr will be in conversation with Kate Shorvon, discussing why Winnicott is so popular today? How important is play in today’s culture? What is the relationship between play and creativity? Visitors arriving at the event will have the opportunity to experience Winnicottian play for themselves, attempting his squiggle game on iPads.


Can we keep making it new?

Launch of the 2017 Ivan Juritz Prize

Wed,16 November 2016 6:30-8:00 pm Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London WC2R 2LS

Dexter Dalwood and Eimear McBride in conversation with Lara Feigel

Free discussion followed by a drinks reception

To book please visit Eventbrite.

For more details see the prize’s website.

How important or possible is it for the contemporary artist or writer to keep breaking formal boundaries? Is this compatible with the demands of the marketplace and how does this differ in the art world and the literary world?  How can we recognise the new when we are necessarily steeped in the old? Here acclaimed artist Dexter Dalwood and writer Eimear McBride will explore these questions in a discussion that launches the 2017 Ivan Juritz Prize.

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Katherine Mansfield Society Annual Birthday Lecture

Katherine Mansfield Society Annual Birthday Lecture: The Musical World of Katherine Mansfield

Claire Davison (Speaker) and Joseph Spooner (Cello)

Saturday 15 October 2016

Court Room, Institute of English Studies, University of London, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU



This year’s Katherine Mansfield Society Annual Birthday Lecture will be in the form of a dialogue between words and music, as cellist Joseph Spooner and Professor Claire Davison explore the musical setting and musical imagination of Katherine Mansfield during the years of her literary apprenticeship.

£20 Non-members Standard

£15 KM Society & IES Members / Concessions / Students

to include wine, birthday cake and a lecture booklet

Please book through the IES:



As so many of Mansfield’s biographers are keen to point out, KM was an impassioned student of the cello before she moved towards literary creation, notably studying with the New Zealand composer Thomas Trowell. His sons, Arnold – a cellist acknowledged as a prodigy from childhood – and Garnet, a violinist, were two of KM’s first passionately romantic attachments. Her family’s social circles brought her into close contact with a number of prestigious concert performers from New Zealand, Europe and the United States, making her musical environment during her formative years rich indeed. But what music did she enjoy, and what impact might this have had on her literary apprenticeship? Could the exciting new pulse and rhythms of the music around her have worked their way into her early prose poems as well as providing the themes and setting for many of her later stories? What are we to make of the decidedly fin-de-siècle musical tastes reflected in her early diaries and notebooks? Can we trace interactions of modern music and symbolist literature in her works in the way that we can identify influences of impressionism and post-impressionism, or early cinematography? These are the questions the 2016 Birthday Talk will be setting out to address. The focus will be mainly on the close connection between Mansfield’s early poetics and the experimental brevity of preludes, nocturnes and rhapsodies, many of which were being heard in London for the first time on or about the year 1910. Musical sketches and pictures by composers such as Chopin, Macdowell and Trowell provide a rich soundscape within which to explore Mansfield’s rhapsodic tone-poems, revealing her almost uncanny ability to sound the note of her times, as symbolism and decadence gave way to more resolutely modern resonances.



Claire Davison is Professor of Modernist Literature at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 and Chair of the French Virginia Woolf Society since 2008. She is a founding member of the Centre for European Modernist Studies based at the University of Perrugia. Claire’s research interests are in the byways and mediations of Modernism – translators and translating networks; the reception and adaptation of European, and particularly Russian, literatures; the interweaving of sound technologies and novelistic experimentalism; broadcasting and the propagation of avant-garde aesthetics; and the interlinks between literary creation and musical expressivity. Her most recent monograph is Translation as Collaboration: Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield and S. S. Koteliansky (2015), and recent co-edited volumes include: Katherine Mansfield and Translation (2015), and Outlanding Woolf – Etudes Britanniques Contemporaines (2015). With Gerri Kimber she has co-editedThe Diaries of Katherine Mansfield (2016), and The Collected Poetry of Katherine Mansfield (2016).


Joseph Spooner’s diverse career has taken him across the UK, from the Baltic to the Atlantic, and from the recording studio to Continental Europe, Russia, New York and Mexico, with numerous appearances at festivals, broadcasts and premieres. Joseph’s investigations into the cello repertoire have led to the rediscovery of unjustly neglected works; audiences have appreciated hearing this music, and critics have offered high praise for Joseph’s recordings of Bush, Krein, Balfe, Coleridge-Taylor, Bainton, Copland, Dyson and Sherwood: ‘Other cellists, please copy!’ (International Record Review); ‘all the expressive power needed’ (Gramophone); ‘superb … arresting in his commitment, his technical facility and in the rich tone he produces from his cello … could not be better’ (International Record Review). 2016 will see Joseph touring in Grand Cayman and New Zealand, and making recordings of English and New Zealand repertoire for cello and piano, and of the Sherwood Double Concerto, with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Joseph was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2012 and is proud to be the dedicatee of works by Alwynne Pritchard, Errollyn Wallen and Martin Read. His instrument was made by Nicholas Vuillaume in c.1865.

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Modernist Perambulations – London, May 19

On 19 May, Professor Anne Fuchs FBA MRIA will give a lecture exploring the figure of the walker in modernist and contemporary literature at the British Academy in London.

About the event

Modernity celebrated speed as the motor of progress and a source of pleasure unleashing vitality and energy. But speed also provoked a new desire for slowness to allow modern selves to cope with the frantic pace of transformation. Hence the emergence of the modern walker who, for example, strays through texts by Benjamin, Joyce, Woolf, Kafka, Thomas Mann and Robert Walser. Focusing on diverse types of walking such as urban perambulations, rural rambling, disorientated straying, imprisoned crawling and condemned walking, my lecture examines the aesthetic and moral implications of perambulating through time and space.

About the speaker

Anne Fuchs FBA MRIA is Professor of German at the University of Warwick. Prior to her present post, she lectured at the University of St Andrews and at University College Dublin. Her research areas are German Memory Discourses since 1945, modernism, contemporary German literature, travel writing and cultural theory.


Thursday 19 May 2016, 6-7.15pm, followed by a reception
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
Chaired by: Professor Ann Jefferson FBA, University of Oxford and Paris Institute of Advanced Studies

The event is free to attend and no registration is required. Seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Further information is available on the British Academy website here.


Raymond Williams lecture by Susan Watkins, 21 November 2015

Annual Raymond Williams Lecture 2015
The Annual Raymond Williams Lecture is organised by the Raymond Williams Society (RWS).
Social Perspectives in Bad Times: Re-Reading Williams’s Modern Tragedy
Susan Watkins, editor of New Left Review
21 November at 3pm
Ruskin College, Oxford
Please click here for more information or contact with any questions.
Annual Raymond Williams Lecture 2015