7th February, 2014 / 11.00am - 4.00pm
8th March, 2016
An awkward silence often surrounds the ideas of ‘literature’ and ‘the literary’ in today’s interdisciplinary academic environment. This lecture will relate this uneasiness to the origins of English literature as an academic discipline in the Victorian period and the legacy of its founding ideologies through the 20th century to the present day. Renewed attention to the aesthetic has done little to usher the literary back into academic conversations. The lecture will argue that it is crucial to defences of the Arts and Humanities, to Victorian studies and to interdisciplinary practice, that we find ways of re-evaluating and repositioning the literary.