This week at the CCL: The Auto / Bio / Fiction seminar, with Michael Newman and Sarah Walker

This Thursday, 23 November, the Auto / Bio / Fiction series returns with a focus on the visual arts:

Michael Newman (Professor of Art Writing, Goldsmiths), “From Portrait to Anti-Portrait: Facing the destruction of humanity”


Sarah Walker (artist and writer, Naarm / Melbourne), “Writing the self in the expanded field: autofiction as a strategy in text-based visual art”

For more information and to register:

Please note the later-than-usual starting time of 6.30pm (UK time).

Looking forward to seeing many of you there,

Best wishes from the Centre for Comparative Literature

Recording of Margaret M. McGowan’s talk Dance, Performance and Politics published

The Recording of Margaret M. McGowan’s talk ‘Dance, Performance and Politics: A Study of how Choreography developed in Court Ballets to meet changing political needs’ has now been published.

Professor Margaret M. McGowan, CBE, Fellow of the British Academy and Research Professor at the University of Sussex, passed away on 16 March 2022. We are very grateful to Dr Jennifer Nevile of the University of South Wales, Sydney, Australia, for recording the talk, which Margaret had left in final draft form, with a selection of images, ready to be delivered.



New: Short courses at the CCL!

The CCL offers two new short courses on contemporary retellings of Greek myths, focusing on Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.

Our understanding of classical literature has been enriched by modern authors who undertake creative interpretations and retellings of epics. In these short courses, you will read and discuss the Iliad and the Odyssey and discover the poems’ reception in the work of contemporary writers who have turned to the classics for inspiration.

Both courses are taught by Dr Isobel Hurst, whose research and publications focus on the reception of Greek and Latin literature in English. Isobel is the coordinator of the event series Sing in me, Muse: The Classical, the Critical, and the Creative.

To find out more and book:

Contemporary Retellings of Greek Myths: Homer’s Iliad

Contemporary Retellings of Greek Myths: Homer’s Odyssey