21-25 May 2018

Drawing on the rich heritage of 'Victorian Bloomsbury', the Institute of English Studies (IES) is excited to announce the launch of an annual study week, dedicated to celebrating and understanding the great nineteenth-century writers who made Bloomsbury such an intellectual and artistic powerhouse.

In 2018, we will launch the series with George Eliot, on the eve of the 200th anniversary of her birth in 2019. Participants will have the opportunity to hear leading UK scholars on the latest George Eliot research through five morning lectures, followed by questions and discussion. These will be followed by afternoon seminars, which will focus on specific aspects of Eliot's work. The seminars, in a group of about 20 students, will be text-based, with novels and other works for prepartory reading notified well in advance. They will be led by a discussion leader with specialist expertise in Eliot's work. The schedule also provides for a series of student-led informal seminars convened by a staff member and the opportunity for guided library time.

The internationally renowned scholars leading discussions will be Ruth Abbott, Rosemary Ashton, Laurel Brake and Hilary Fraser.

Directed by the internationally celebrated scholar, critic and teacher Professor Isobel Armstrong, the Study Week will bring together Eliot experts and postdoctoral and graduate students. It will be held here at the IES in the heart of Bloomsbury. 

Professor Armstrong is author of 'Victorian Glassworlds. Glass Culture and the Imagination' (2008), ' Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics and Politics' (1996) and 'The Radical Aesthetic' (2000). 

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