Date of release: Thursday, January 9, 2014

Triple book launchThe university's Literature and Drama Research Group celebrates three new publications at its book launch event on Wednesday 15 January.

In Toni Morrison and Literary Tradition (Continuum 2013), Dr Justine Baillie, Senior Lecturer in English, explores the Nobel prize-winning author's work as central to the imagining and re-imagining of American and displaced identities. The book situates Morrison's writings within both African-American and American writing traditions and examines them in terms of her continuous dialogue with the politics, philosophy and literary forms of these traditions. 

Lecturer in English Dr Emrys Jones launches his book Friendship and Allegiance in Eighteenth Century Literature (Palgrave 2013), looking at the concept of friendship to writers like Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift, who thought it as important as their literary reputations. It investigates how the idea of personal friendship can be distorted by its role in public discourse, offering new ways of thinking about eighteenth-century friendship, and indeed the prominent authors of the time who attempted to make sense of it.

The third book, Ouida and Victorian Popular Culture (Ashgate 2013), is jointly edited by Professor of English Andrew King, and offers a radically new view of Ouida (Louise Ramé), one of the most popular Victorian novelists. Rethinking perceptions of popular women writers in general, the book has already been hailed by one reviewer as "set to become one of the first ports of call for anyone wanting to understand the novelist and the professional world in which she and her female contemporaries had to work." In addition, Professor King is contracted to write Ouida's first full-scale biography since 1957.

The launch takes place from 6-7pm in the Stephen Lawrence Building, Room 10, on the Greenwich Campus. Professor Judith Burnett, PVC of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, will introduce the three speakers as they talk briefly about their work, while drinks and canapés will be served.

To attend, please RSVP by 10 January to Adele Broderick at

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