The School of Humanities and the English Literature programme are proud to present this year’s annual Words Matter lecture (5pm, Thursday 15th October 2020). The event is free, all are welcome, and booking is open here. This year’s lecture will be delivered by Dr Alexander Beaumont and is titled:
The Matter of the North: Sarah Hall’s Uplandish Fiction
The twenty-first century has witnessed a significant growth in fiction from and about northern England, especially its upland landscape. In this lecture Dr Alexander Beaumont will offer an overview of some of this fiction, locating it in the context of a new consternation about the position of ‘the North’ within the English national imaginary and the British state.
Dr Beaumont will also provide a detailed appraisal of one of the most remarkable of the new northern writers – Sarah Hall – whose representations of upland landscapes and the bodies that populate them amounts to a surprising and disquieting comment upon the matter of the North.
Dr Alexander Beaumont is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Literature at York St John University. He is a specialist in literature and culture 1945-present, critical theory and political philosophy.
Please book your free ticket here