Literary London 2011

Representations of London in Literature: An Interdisciplinary Conference

The following Call for Papers has been taken from literarylondon.org:

Literary London 2011
Representations of London in Literature: An Interdisciplinary Conference
Hosted by the Institute of English Studies, University of London
20-22 July 2011

Organised by the University of Northampton, Kingston University, London, and the Institute of English Studies, University of London

About the Conference

Plenary Speakers Include:
Markman Ellis (Queen Mary, University of London)
Greg Garrard (Bath Spa University)

The 10th Annual Literary London conference will be hosted by the Institute of English Studies, University of London. The Institute is located in Bloomsbury, at the centre of literary London, and just a few minutes walk from such attractions as the British Library, the British Museum, and the clubs, pubs, and restaurants of Soho. It is at the heart of London: one of the world's major cities with a long and rich literary tradition reflecting both its diversity and its significance as a cultural and commercial centre. Literary London 2011 aims to:
  • Read literary and dramatic texts in their historical and social context and in relation to theoretical approaches to the study of the metropolis.
  • Investigate the changing cultural and historical geography of London.
  • Consider the social, political, and spiritual fears, hopes, and perceptions that have inspired representations of London.
  • Trace different traditions of representing London and examine how the pluralism of London society is reflected in London literature.
Celebrate the contribution London and Londoners have made to English literature and drama.
This year, almost 100 papers are scheduled which between them consider virtually all periods and genres of literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city’s roots in pre-Roman times to its imagined futures. In addition to this wide range of topics, many papers address this year’s conference theme of ‘Green London’. Topics that are being considered include:
  • Representations of London’s parks, commons, and other green spaces
  • Ecocritical approaches to London literature
  • The relationship between the city and the country
  • London’s leafy suburbs
  • ‘The smoke’: polluted London
  • The Zoo, the Botanical Gardens, the Natural History Museum, and other environmental organisations
  • ‘Natural London’: the city as a habitat for wildlife
  • Imagined environmental catastrophes in fiction

Call for Papers

The deadline for proposals passed on 31 March 2011. We received many excellent proposals, and if you submitted a proposal you should hear from us with a decision by the end of April.

Although we are quite full this year, we may be able to consider a late proposal, particularly if people drop out, as sometimes happens. Please send abstracts of about 250 words for 20-minute papers to: contact@literarylondon.org. We cannot guarantee that we can accept late submissions, but we will do our best.


Registration is now open. Registration is handled by the Institute of English Studies. The cost is £75 for Standard Registration and £55 for Speakers, IES Members, and Concessions (students/unwaged/retired). To register, please go to:



Participants must make their own arrangements for accommodation. London is a large city with many accommodation options. The area around the Institute of English Studies (Bloomsbury) is particularly well-known for its wide range of hotels. For more information on accommodation, please visit the Institute's accommodation page.

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Literary London Organizing Committee

Dr Lawrence Phillips (University of Northampton) and Dr Brycchan Carey (Kingston University, London). Please direct any queries related to this conference to to: contact@literarylondon.org.

The Annual Literary London Conference is mutually supportive of the e-journal of the same name.