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


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

Cynthia Johnston (Lecturer in Book History and Communications, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study): Researching Literary Book History

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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