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London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar: Orality and Literacy

The Spring term 2012 series of the London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar at the Institute of English Studies, on Orality and Literacy, is co-convened by James Emmott (Birkbeck) and Tom F. Wright (UEA).

All sessions take place in Room G37 (Ground Floor, Senate House).

Please note: These seminars are very popular and the meeting rooms are often very full. Please RSVP to if you would like to attend.

Saturday 14 January, 11:00–13:00

Herbert Tucker (Virginia): ‘Unsettled Score: Structure and Play in Browning’s “A Toccata of Galuppi’s”’
William Abberley (Exeter): ‘Voices of Nature: The Oral Past in Victorian Historical Fiction’

Saturday 25 February, 11:00–13:00

Matthew Bevis (Oxford): ‘Poetry for Laughs’
Louise Lee (KCL): ‘Shattered Articulations: Darwin’s Evolutionary Jokes and the Deferral of Cognition’

Saturday 17 March, 11:00–17:00

Extended final day

James Mussell (Birmingham): ‘“Scarers in Print”: Literacy and Media Practice from Our Mutual Friend to Friend Me on Facebook’
Bob Nicholson (Manchester): ‘“Goodbye, old fellow, I must skedaddle!”: Reading the American Voice in the Late-Victorian Press’

Claire Potter (U Paris Diderot): ‘The Weight of the Voice/The Slant of the Word: Circulations of Melancholia in Hardy’
Roisin Quinn-Lautrefin (U Paris Diderot): ‘Giving Utterance: Mary Barton and the Language of the Working Class’
Mary L. Shannon (KCL): ‘Spoken Word and Printed Page: G. W. M. Reynolds and the London Riots, 1848’

Sandra M. Gustafson (Notre Dame): ‘Orality and Literacy in Transatlantic Perspective’

Our lecturers are all active researchers and publishers

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