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15 September 2021 - 15 September 2021
5:30PM - 7:00PM
Everyone is welcome to our Late Summer Lecture Series 2021, as we roam across The Past, Present, and Future in literature and culture.
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The role of eighteenth-century women writers in the history of the reception of the epic genre has often been missed. Focusing on Mary Leapor’s poetry, Anthony’s lecture will look at the overlooked connection between women writers and the epic genre by exploring the mock-heroic, which he argues was used by women writers to create their own literary worlds of history and experience.
Narratives of the future dominate climate fiction, which has proliferated greatly alongside growing awareness of the threat of climate change. Kirby’s lecture will focus on Louise Erdrich’s The Night Watchman (2020) and Tommy Orange’s There There (2018) to spotlight the legacy of historical Indigenous protests that centred around sovereignty and land rights.
PhD researcher, UCL
Anthony's thesis is titled ‘“Our British Nymphs”: Women Poets and the Classics, 1700-1750’. This examines not only how women accessed the classics during the first half of the eighteenth century but also how these writers adapted this material. Anthony completed his BA and MA at Durham University between 2013 and 2017; he then joined UCL to begin his PhD in 2017. His project was funded by an AHRC scholarship. Anthony has taught at UCL since 2018 and is the author of three GCSE revision guides.
PhD student in English, University of Exeter.
Kirby Archer's research examines representations of environmental activists in 21st-century U.S. and Canadian literature.