Literary London Reading Group

Tom McCarthy’s Remainder (2005) and the Anxiety of Realism

Tom McCarthy’s début novel Remainder, first published in 2005, turns London into a stage of sorts and thus re-enacts — albeit comically, anxiously — Shakespeare’s famous words in As You … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘Crossings’: Zadie Smith, Urban Space, and Contemporary British Politics

The warm weather is finally here. Before you clock off — by which we mean shift your energies elsewhere — for the summer, though, we do hope you’ll join us … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Confession of a Bromley boy during Section 28. ‘Next Lesson’ by Chris Woodley

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday April 11th 6-7.30pm, Senate House Room 243. Playwright Chris Woodley will introduce his play, Next Lesson, which explores Section 28, the notorious legislation … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘There’s a man being hanged in London at this moment’: Metropolitan Time in George Gissing’s New Grub Street.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our upcoming meeting, which will take place at 6pm-7.30pm on Tuesday March 14th in Senate House, Room 243. We welcome Dr. Helena Goodwyn, … Continue reading

February 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘Crossing the Threshold of the Unknown’: Gender and Mobility in Richard Marsh’s The Beetle (1897)

Please note: this session takes place at the English Department of the University of Tübingen, Germany (Brechtbau, room 010) on Monday 30th January 2017, 4pm-6pm.  Richard Marsh’s The Beetle takes … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘From flower to flower, from snow to snow’: Reading the 19th-Century Garden Cemetery

‘It appears in fact, that no arrangements can make it to cease to be anevil to bring together the bodies of the dead where the living inhabit and congregate.’1 Happy … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mapping Jewish London in Amy Levy’s ‘Reuben Sachs’ (1888)

Thank you to those who attended our first event of the term in October! We’re looking forward to seeing many of you again on Friday, November 18th at 6 pm- … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · Leave a comment