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13:00 - 14:00 24 May 2016

Edward Lear and the queerness of nonsense poetry


G6 Lecture Theatre | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
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Edward Lear's nonsense world is full of allegories of rapturous and frustrated love. It creates a space in which impossibly matched creatures can make happy romantic couples, but also one where the sensible world is repressive and the protagonists are often tormented by secrecy and solitude. Flagrantly deviant but safely disguised as fantastical, nonsense poetry has made itself part of the mainstream queer tradition of English poetry. This talk will include discussion of a selection of Lear’s limericks and longer poems, including ‘The Owl and the Pussy-Cat and ‘The Duck and the Kangaroo’.


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