Literary Studies Research Day

Literary Studies Research Day

Thursday 23rd November, 9:30-12:00

Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room, Senate House Library

 

This research day will explore Senate House Library’s outstanding collections of manuscript, archive and printed material relating to English literature. The combined literary holdings within United States and English Studies offer one of the largest and most diverse such collections in a non-copyright library. The Library also holds a considerable body of less easily obtained material in all formats, with specific strengths in periodicals and pamphlets. The day will be an opportunity to discover these resources from a broad range of perspectives ranging from hidden literary collections to twentieth century middlebrow literature, and the intersections between fantasy as a literary genre and the virtual world of computer games and digital publishing.

This session will be led by a team of specialist staff from Senate House Library. It will consist of an overview of the subject area, followed by case studies outlining current or recent research based on the collections. There will also be an opportunity to see a sample of original items from this area of the collections, and to talk to specialist library and academic staff about potential research topics the collections can support.

 

The research day is addressed to:

  • 3rd year undergraduates looking for MRes topics
  • Masters students seeking PhD projects
  • PhD students looking for ECR projects
  • Academic staff looking for large-scale projects for research council funding
  • Commercial digitisation partners

Programme

9:30 – 10:00       Tea, coffee and registration (Durning Lawrence Library)

 

10:00 – 10:05     Welcome and introduction

 

10:05 – 10:20     Maria Castrillo (Head of Special Collections & Engagement) and Richard Espley (Head of Modern Collections): Collections overview

 

10:20 – 11:05     Case Studies

 

Leila Kassir (English Studies and American Literature Research Librarian, SHL): 20th century Middlebrow Literature

Karen Attar (Curator of Rare Books and University Art, SHL): Hidden literary collections at SHL

Maria Castrillo (Head of Special Collections & Engagement, SHL): Digital Humanities and the Terry Pratchett collection

 

11:05 – 11:40     Viewing of collections

 

11:40 – 12:00     Plenary discussion and next steps

 

12:00                 Close

 

Event details

  • 23 November 2017 09:30
  • Various Speakers
  • Free (limited spaces available)
  • Senate House Library Event

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