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Durham University

Department of English Studies

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This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

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The Naked City: New York Modernism 1845 / 1919 / 1947

31st October 2017, 18:00 to 19:30, Elvet Riverside 201, Peter Hulme (University of Essex)

Join the leading academic Professor Peter Hulme for this one-off public lecture exploring the world of New York across 100 years.

Peter Hulme, a profoundly influential figure in both English and Hispanic Caribbean studies, is Emeritus Professor in Literature at the University of Essex. He has contributed extensively to the fields of Renaissance and anthropological studies, comparative colonial and postcolonial studies, travel writing and literary theory.

Hulme is the author of two groundbreaking books: Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean, 1492-1797 (Routledge, 1986 and 1992), and Remnants of Conquest: The Island Caribs and their Visitors, 1877-1998 (Oxford UP, 2001). More recently, he has authored Cuba’s Wild East: A Literary Geography of Oriente (Liverpool UP, 2011), and edited W. Adolphe Robert’s These Many Years: An Autobiography (University of the West Indies Press, 2015). He is currently working on a project titled: ‘The Dinner at Gonfarone’s: Pan-American Writing in New York, 1915-1919’, which looks at the relationships between Hispanic and Anglo writers in New York in the early twentieth century.

With Professor Ludmilla Jordanova (Durham Department of History and Director of CVAC), Hulme coedited The Enlightenment and Its Shadows (Routledge, 1990). He has also coedited The Tempest: Sources and Contexts, Criticism, Rewritings and Appropriations (W.W. Norton, 2004), The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing (Cambridge UP, 2002), The Tempest and Its Travels (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000), Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges (Bristol Classical, 1999), Cannibalism and the Colonial World (Cambridge UP, 1998), Colonial Discourse / Postcolonial Theory (Manchester UP, 1994 and 2004), Wild Majesty: Encounters with Caribs from Columbus to the Present Day: An Anthology (Clarendon, 1992), and Uses of History: Marxism, Postmodernism, and the Renaissance (Manchester UP, 1991).

This talk is co-sponsored by Modern Languages and Cultures, the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, and the Department of English Studies.

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