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English PGR Seminar: Gail Crowther ‘The Living Archive: Spectral Traces and Sylvia Plath’ – Thursday 15 February 2018

15th February 2018 @ 5:15 pm - 7:15 pm


You are warmly invited to the English Postgraduate Research Seminar with Dr Gail Crowther on February 15 2018 at 5.15pm in the Lock Keepers Cottage, Mile End campus.

Dr Gail Crowther: ‘The Living Archive: Spectral Traces and Sylvia Plath’

This paper will explore the notion of the living archive; the places and spaces in Plath’s life that impacted on her poetry and prose. In contrast to the traditional archive, which can be seen as a place of stasis where documents are held in traditional repositories and libraries; the living archive is a dynamic space subject to change and time. Houses Plath once lived in, places she visited and wrote about, the domestic space surrounding her, all featured in some of her most powerful poems and prose. Physical traces remain, and these traces, however spectral, lead us to a new understanding of Plath and her creative processes.

Dr Gail Crowther is a writer, researcher, and academic. She is the author and co-author of A Year’s Turning: Sylvia Plath in Devon (2015), The Haunted Reader and Sylvia Plath (2016), and These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath (2017).

Twitter: @QMEnglishPGRS

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With best wishes,

The English Postgraduate Research Seminar Committee

Breeze Barrington, Lauren Cantos, Jade French, Liwen Zhang, Daniel Rhodes, Di Beddow


15th February 2018
5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
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Lock-Keeper’s Cottage
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