English Literature and Creative Writing Taster Day, University of Roehampton London, Friday, 26. April 2019

Join us for this Taster Day, where you will have a chance to attend two lectures, explore our beautiful parkland campus and discover what it’s like to study at the University of Roehampton.   

The lectures will be led by our prize-winning academics who are not only pioneers in the fields of Shakespeare, American Literature, Literature and Film, Poetry, Victorian Literature and Romanticism (to name but a few), they are also great teachers.  
Lecture Details

 1. Gothic Literature and the Cultural Politics of Fear  
So, why *did* the first Gothic novel, with its gloom-ridden labyrinths, locked rooms, evil patriarchs and fleeing heroines, suddenly emerge (as if from nowhere) in the middle of the most progressive period in European history: the Enlightenment? What does the Gothic know - and what does it tell - that other forms of literature do not, and what relation does this important genre construct between the self and the world?  
We’ll be discussing these and other questions with reference to some of the texts we study on the course: Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764), Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (1847), R. L. Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (1886), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) and Angela Carter’s The ****** Chamber (1979).    
Do come and join us! Be afraid, be very afraid! 

 - Led by Dr Louise Lee 

2. Literature and Addiction  

My current research involves analysing a large number of books which focus on alcoholics and drug addicts written between 1930 and 2018. I am particularly interested in the role of choice, or the exercise of free will, on the part of the heroin addict and the alcoholic. This runs counter to the dominant understanding of these conditions throughout the twentieth century and into this century, that they are diseases or illnesses. My interest is in showing that literary narratives, as opposed to medical statistics, allow us to see the crucial role an addict's own priorities and decisions play in the enormous personal and social problem to which we have given the name "Addiction". 

- Led by Dr Kevin McCarron 

3. Seriously Playful, Playfully Serious 

In this workshop, ideas of creativity will be explored through a variety of interactive exercises and language games. You will get a taste of what it is like to study creative writing at university through a number of group and individual writing exercises which will play with ideas of form and language. Ideas of creativity and collaboration will be engaged with, and we’ll talk about what it means to be a creative person—alone, at university, and in the wider world. 
- Led by Dr Tim Atkins 

13.30 - 14.00   Registration 
14.00 - 15.00   Option 1 - English Literature: Gothic Literature and the Cultural Politics of Fear
                        Option 2 - Creative Writing: Seriously Playful, Playfully Serious
15.00 - 15.30   Refreshments & Campus Tour
15.30 - 16.30   Option 1 - English Literature: Literature and Addiction
                         Option 2 - Creative Writing: Seriously Playful, Palyfully Serious   

How to find us
Event Location: The University of Roehampton, Duchesne Building, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU
Please arrive to the University’s main entrance and follow the ‘Taster Day’ signs which will lead you to Duchesne for registration. 
Car: There is very limited parking available on campus which means we will be unable to provide you with a guest permit to park on campus for the day. You could pay for parking at Queen Mary Hospital opposite the Roehampton campus, however we would strongly advise you travel by public transport wherever possible.
If you have a disability or accessibility issue that means you need to travel by car, please contact us by email on undergraduate@ to make arrangements.
Bus: Buses 72, 265, 493 and the double-decker Roehampton shuttle bus (849) all stop outside the University's main entrance.
Train: The nearest station is Barnes - 8 trains per hour go to Putney, Clapham Junction, Vauxhall and London Waterloo. Check for live departures/arrivals at the national rail site.
Barnes station is 15 minutes’ walk from the University's main entrance, or you can take the Roehampton Shuttle bus 849, or buses 72 or 265
Tube: We are a short bus ride away from tube connections at Hammersmith (Circle/Hammersmith & City/District/Piccadilly lines), Shepherd's Bush (Central) and Putney Bridge (District). If coming from the direction of Hammersmith/Shepherd's Bush take bus 72 to the Main Entrance.
Cycle: You can create your own route and timetable by commuting to Roehampton by bike. Follow this link to find one of the more than 600 cycle spaces dotted around campus.

Friday, 26. April 2019, University of Roehampton London, English Literature and Creative Writing Taster Day

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