Saree Makdisi lecture

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Date/Time: Thursday, October 27, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Saree Makdisi, Professor of English at UCLA, has written widely about British Romanticism and its intersections with imperialism, capitalism, and the history of race. His books include “Making England Western: Occidentalism, Race, and Imperial Culture,” “William Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s,” and “Romantic Imperialism.” In this lecture, Makdisi submits that the writing of William Blake and Charles Lamb reimagined the organization of urban space in the London of the 18th and 19th centuries. Makdisi casts the work of Blake, Lamb, and others as distinctive alternatives to prevailing representations of London that stressed its rational and discernible spatial organization.