‘London Triptych’ by Jonathan Kemp

Having much enjoyed talks by Jonathan Kemp (author of ‘London Triptych’) and Neil McKenna (author of ‘Fanny and Stella: The Young Men Who Shocked Victorian England’) at a Queer London Research Forum event back in February, I am pleased to say that I have finally got round to reading their fantastic novels. Blending historical characters and events with imagined ones, these texts explore the pleasures and dangers of homosexual relationships, male prostitution and cross-dressing around the time of the notorious trial of Oscar Wilde. 

I am delighted to have discovered that the Literary London Reading Group will be meeting later this month to discuss London Triptych. I hope to see lots of you there!

 

London Triptych

 

Tuesday 24th June, 6.00-7.30pm
Senate House, University of London, Room 234

Simon Avery and Katherine M. Graham (Queer London Research Forum)

‘Jonathan Kemp’s London Triptych (2010)’

Jonathan Kemp’s 2010 novel charts the lives of three gay men, who all inhabit and explore London, but who do so in very different time periods. Covering 1894, 1954 and 1998,London Triptych interrogates what it means to be a gay man; what it means to be at the mercy of the law; and how London itself might be seen to facilitate a particular relationship between art and identity. The novel also asks readers to consider form, and the three narratives wind through London and through history, creating striking resonances across these times and the city.

Reading:

A selection of extracts and the Afterword from the novel are available for download through the following dropbox links:

Extracts: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nmmiuk5flldo38r/Extracts.pdfAfterword: https://www.dropbox.com/s/104ny599ynrrmzs/Afterword.pdf

Our Speakers:

Katherine M. Graham is a Visiting Lecturer in English Literature and Co-Director of the Queer London Research Forum at the University of Westminster. Her research interests include revenge, ideas around the queer, and late-Elizabethan and Jacobean revenge tragedy. She is currently working on a project considering contemporary re-imaginings of Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s The Changeling. Katherine also works as a writer and has had work performed in London, New York and Los Angeles. In 2011 Katherine was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University.

Simon Avery is Reader in Modern Literature and Culture and Co-Director of the Queer London Research Forum at the University of Westminster. His publications includeElizabeth Barrett Browning (2011), Poems of Mary Coleridge (2010), Thomas Hardy: A Reader’s Guide (2009), and the Broadview edition of Hardy’s The Return of the Native(2013). He is currently working on a book on place and modernity in the 1890s.

Tuesday 24th June, 6.00-7.30pm
Senate House, University of London, Room 234

Simon Avery and Katherine M. Graham (Queer London Research Forum)

‘Jonathan Kemp’s London Triptych (2010)’

Jonathan Kemp’s 2010 novel charts the lives of three gay men, who all inhabit and explore London, but who do so in very different time periods. Covering 1894, 1954 and 1998,London Triptych interrogates what it means to be a gay man; what it means to be at the mercy of the law; and how London itself might be seen to facilitate a particular relationship between art and identity. The novel also asks readers to consider form, and the three narratives wind through London and through history, creating striking resonances across these times and the city.

Reading:

A selection of extracts and the Afterword from the novel are available for download through the following dropbox links:

Extracts: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nmmiuk5flldo38r/Extracts.pdfAfterword: https://www.dropbox.com/s/104ny599ynrrmzs/Afterword.pdf

Our Speakers:

Katherine M. Graham is a Visiting Lecturer in English Literature and Co-Director of the Queer London Research Forum at the University of Westminster. Her research interests include revenge, ideas around the queer, and late-Elizabethan and Jacobean revenge tragedy. She is currently working on a project considering contemporary re-imaginings of Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s The Changeling. Katherine also works as a writer and has had work performed in London, New York and Los Angeles. In 2011 Katherine was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University.

Simon Avery is Reader in Modern Literature and Culture and Co-Director of the Queer London Research Forum at the University of Westminster. His publications includeElizabeth Barrett Browning (2011), Poems of Mary Coleridge (2010), Thomas Hardy: A Reader’s Guide (2009), and the Broadview edition of Hardy’s The Return of the Native(2013). He is currently working on a book on place and modernity in the 1890s.

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