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School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Literature, History, Theory

Encompassing a wide spectrum of literary traditions and their intersections with history and theory, the MLAC LHT Research Group offers a forum for colleagues within and beyond the School to present and discuss their research. Regular meetings of the group provide a platform for exploring a range of questions of cultural production, reception and impact across the centuries.

The group engages with interdisciplinary approaches to the study of a wide array of literary expressions, in which consideration of language, style, technique and genre is entangled with questions of cultural, historical and material context. Literary texts, in their formal, aesthetic, documentary, social and cognitive dimensions, are treated as a powerful and dynamic communicative practice that has played, and continues to play, a foundational role in the construction and definition of human conditions, collective identities and cultural communities.

The LHT Research Group offers a critical space for intellectual and strategic exchange between colleagues and postgraduates from all MLAC departments. It aims to foster new synergies of inquiry, to provide an interdisciplinary environment for collaborative projects across different literary traditions, and to engage collectively in the activities of various research centres and institutes both within and beyond the University.

LHT Events (2013-14)

All meetings will take place in room A56 unless otherwise stated.

Michaelmas 2013

Wednesday 16 October, 3.00pm

Dr Anke Hennig (Freie Universität Berlin): 'From Commodities to Comrades on Gender Relations in Russian Avant-Garde'


Wednesday 24 October, 5.00pm

Dr Paul Harrison (Durham University): 'The broken thread. On being still'.

What happens when the thread breaks and we are left without purpose of direction? What remains when action and engagement withdraw? This paper considers being and beings without purpose and sense, and the questions that such beings pose to our understanding of politics and the political.