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The Languages of Literature: Attridge at 70

Friday 22 May 2015, 2.00PM

to Monday 24 May 2015, 4.00pm

A three-day conference to celebrate the contribution to literary criticism made by Professor Derek Attridge.  Speakers will be attending from all over the world, and will give lectures and papers on topics related to Attridge and his work. 

Writers attending the celebration and reading from their work include:-

  • Tom McCarthy
  • Paul Muldoon
  • Emma Donoghue
  • Don Paterson
  • Zoë Wicomb
  • John Wilkinson 

Derek Attridge is one of the foremost critics and theorists of literature working today. He came to York from Rutgers University in the USA in 1998 as Leverhulme Research Professor, and in 2003 became Professor of English. His interests centre on the language of literature, but radiate in many different directions. Derek is the author or editor of twenty-one books on literary theory, poetic form, South African literature, and the writings of James Joyce. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Camargo Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust, and is a Fellow of the British Academy.

In 2015 Derek will publish The Work of Literature (OUP) and The Craft of Poetry (ed. with Henry Staten, Routledge).

All members of the University are welcome to attend plenary lecture sessions and the poetry and fiction readings. 

Further information about registration for the conference will be published shortly.  Meanwhile, please email for further details.

Location: Berrick Saul Building, Heslington West Campus