Thursday 7 June, 18:00–21:00
Keynes Library (Room 114), School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD. Free; all welcome.
London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar
The Spring term 2012 series of the London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar at the Institute of English Studies, on the theme of Orality and Literacy, ran between January and March 2012 and was co-convened by James Emmott (Birkbeck) and Tom F. Wright (UEA).
The series marked the thirtieth anniversary of Walter Ong’s influential Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. Over three days in January, February, and March, speakers explored a range of issues relating to the interactions between voice and text in the Anglo-American long nineteenth century: philology and acoustic nostalgia, melody and poetic form, laughter, and more.
The free sessions took place in Room G37 (Ground Floor), Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Saturday 14 January, 11:00–13:00
Herbert Tucker (Virginia): ‘Unsettled Score: Structure and Play in Browning’s “A Toccata of Galuppi’s”’ (Abstract)
William Abberley (Exeter): ‘Voices of Nature: The Oral Past in Victorian Historical Fiction’ (Abstract)
Saturday 25 February, 11:00–13:00
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’
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