Centre for Modern Studies
Thursday 4 February 2021, 5.00PM
Famously defined through its etymological root 'essayer', meaning 'to try', 'to attempt', the essay is one of the most diverse and most evasive literary forms. Touching on cultural criticism, political and philosophical treatise, journalism, autobiography, observation, theory, fragment, aphorism, lectures, and academic writing, the essay is not only a dynamic, if undefined, art form, it is one that is fundamentally tied to the mechanisms and strategies through which we read and write about art and life.
Despite the pervasiveness of the essay in literary culture, there has been a significant lack of scholarly work on the form. This roundtable brings together academics who are writing and editing exciting new research on the essay. Each panelist will give a brief position paper sharing their emerging research on the essay, followed by a discussion and open Q&A.
Please register your attendance via this link.
Contact: Dr Lola Boorman (firstname.lastname@example.org)