An Inventions of the Text seminar led by Dr Matthew Beaumont (UCL) will examine Charles Dickens’s obsessive, compulsive perambulations in the London streets at night, and the ideas of social and spiritual vagrancy he explores in his writing. The seminar takes place on 19th November at 17.30. Attendees who are not based at Durham University are welcome, but as space is limited please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
Matthew Beaumont’s research interests currently centre on various aspects of the metropolitan city, especially at nighttime. He is writing a book about nightwalking in cities for Verso. This reconstructs a cultural history of the urban subject at night, from the Middle Ages on, which offers an alternative to the modernist myth of the flâneur.
For details of future Inventions of the Text seminars, follow the Inventions website.