Biographical Beginnings: The Anatomy of the Woman’s Bag


The first Inventions of the Text seminar of the academic year begins with Dr Emily Ridge presenting on “The Anatomy of the Woman’s Bag.” The seminar is on 3rd October at 17.30, in The Department of English Studies, Hallgarth House.

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Emily Ridge recently contributed a research conversation for READ on her thesis topic of Modernist Literary Luggage. She argues that although luggage describes a very particular object, it also inspires a range of investigations into “material cultures, travel and forms of mobility (from exploratory voyages to refugee displacement), gender (why, for example, are women always associated with bags?), as well as more abstract questions of metaphorical carriage, semantic or emotional.”

Inventions of the Text is a fortnightly staff-student seminar series at Durham University’s Department of English Studies. Run by postgraduate students, it is an opportunity for students and staff to present their research and to contribute to lively debate. To contribute or to participate, please email: inventionsofthetext@gmail.com.

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