Friday, 26 February 2016

Professor Ian Davidson's Public Lecture on "Mobility and Subjectivity in America Writing After 1945"

Professor Ian Davidson, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature, Northumbria University, "On the Road Again: Mobility and Subjectivity in America Writing After 1945."

Northumbria University,  -

Presentation Hall, Design Building, City Campus East at Northumbria University. Refreshments will be available from 6pm. The lecture will begin at 6.30pm.


Professor Davidson, will explore why the mobility of people in post-war society has reinforced and developed social structures and new suburban lifestyles and how these have become an essential part of work and family life. He will consider the ways that these structures have challenged a stifling social conformity and domesticity, and provided a potential escape from routine.

This lecture will explore increased mobility and demonstrate how this can threaten conformism: encouraging rebellion, permitting transgressive behavior and social injustice in the treatment of gender, sexuality and race as well as challenging established perspectives and relationships.

Professor Davidson will also discuss the impact that these factors have on the types of literary works produced, examples of writing that challenge established genres and individual and collective movements that have been instrumental in bringing about change.

About the Speaker

Professor Davidson became Reader in English at Northumbria University in 2011 and then Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature and Research Lead for the English Subject Group in 2013.

Professor Davidson’s research interests include English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing. He has published numerous research monographs, essay collections and journal articles on spatial theory and poetry, and more recently on mobility, automobility and writing.

Professor Davidson co-edited Skald Magazine and was previously poetry editor for the English Journal. He is currently working on a range of post-war writers in the USA in order to examine relationships between mobility, literary form and subjectivity.

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