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Essayisms Roundtable: Retracing Our Steps

Monday 21 June 2021, 4.30PM to 6.00pm

Please join us for the final instalment of Essayisms this year as part of the CMods research strand 'The Contemporary Essay’. During this roundtable, our panellists will present 5-minute position papers on any aspect of ‘Essayisms’ before we collectively reflect on our discussions this year and consider what essayistic terrain we have yet to cover.


Charles Pidgeon, ‘The Internet Essay and Metaphors of Exploration’

Heather Macpherson (Worcester State University), ‘The Elusive Motif in Brian Dillon’s Essayism

Jyoti Puri (Punjabi University), ‘“Speaking Truth to the Power”: Reading The Free Voice

Luke Young (University of Oxford), ‘Zadie Smith’s Three Forewords: A (brief) Formal History’

Wiktoria Tunska (University of York), ‘On Patchworks and Palimpsets.’


Zoom: Register in advance

Contact: Bryony Aitchison ( and Ella Barker ( for any queries.

Location: Online via Zoom