Black British Romance

What is Black British romance? What inspires and frustrates contemporary authors of ‘Black romance’? On Wednesday 20 October 2021, CCLC invited three Black British authors to join us for a roundtable to discuss their views on Black romance and its position in British literary culture. We were joined by: Talia Hibbert (https://www.taliahibbert.com/) Andi Osho (https://www.andiosho.co.uk/) … Continue reading “Black British Romance”

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CCLC Profiles: Dr Amy Burge

Meet the people behind our centre, discover their areas of expertise, interests, and recommendations. Dr Amy Burge is a lecturer in Popular Fiction at the University of Birmingham and is the co-director of the CCLC. Her teaching and research interests are in popular fiction, in particular romance, both medieval and modern. Her work is intersectional … Continue reading “CCLC Profiles: Dr Amy Burge”

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Jessica Pressman: ‘Loving Books in a Digital Age’ (19/05/21)

Following an introduction from Birmingham’s Professor David James and Dr Rebecca Roach, Jessica Pressman, Associate Professor at San Diego State U, kicked off her online CCLC event about how books and our relationship to them give meaning to our lives in digital media. Through an expansive presentation that covered what and how we read, the … Continue reading “Jessica Pressman: ‘Loving Books in a Digital Age’ (19/05/21)”

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Kevin Brazil: ‘What Ever Happened to Queer Happiness?’ (12/05/21)

The Centre for Contemporary Literature and Culture was excited to welcome writer, critic and Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Southampton, Kevin Brazil, to read from his book of essays, What Ever Happened to Queer Happiness?, which is forthcoming from Influx Press in 2022. What Ever Happened to Queer Happiness? will be … Continue reading “Kevin Brazil: ‘What Ever Happened to Queer Happiness?’ (12/05/21)”

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Contemporary Theory Reading Group – AfroFuturism (22/10/2019)

We began our discussion of Alondra Nelson’s ‘AfroFuturism: Past-Future Visions’ by considering a quote from Ishmael Reed: ‘Necromancers used to lie in the guts of the dead or in tombs to receive visions of the future. That is prophecy. The black writer lies in the guts of old America, making readings about the future.’ Reed’s … Continue reading “Contemporary Theory Reading Group – AfroFuturism (22/10/2019)”

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‘Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers’: Birmingham Literature Festival 2019 (10/10/2019)

Members of CCLC attended a Birmingham Literature Festival event celebrating the recent publication Common People, an anthology of 33 working class writers, edited by Kit De Waal and published by Unbound. The four authors present read segments from their published works in the anthology. Lisa Blower spoke of childhood in Stoke-on-Trent and ‘always being ten … Continue reading “‘Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers’: Birmingham Literature Festival 2019 (10/10/2019)”

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Contemporary Theory Reading Group – Video Games (08/10/2019)

For the first Contemporary Theory Reading Group of the academic year we discussed ‘The Rhetoric of Video Games’ (2008) by Ian Bogost. Bogost begins his article ‘The Rhetoric of Video Games’ by examining Animal Crossing, a quaint, village-based game, where Tom Nook an ‘unassuming raccoon continues to offer renovations’ on a player’s house as they … Continue reading “Contemporary Theory Reading Group – Video Games (08/10/2019)”

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CCLC Autumn Schedule – Weeks 1-6

We’re pleased to release the schedule for the first half of term. More details to come! Email r.sykes@bham.ac.uk to be added to our mailing list.

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