English Association Literary Salon – John Mullen in conversation with Sarah Dillon

John Mullan is Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at UCL. He studied for his BA and PhD at the University of Cambridge and was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge and a Lecturer at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, before coming to UCL in 1994. He has been Professor of English since 2005, and was appointed to the Lord Northcliffe Chair in 2016. John is a specialist in eighteenth-century literature and is at present writing the volume of the Oxford English Literary History that will cover the period from 1709 to 1784. He is the author of Sentiment and Sociability. The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century. He has edited works by Daniel Defoe and Eighteenth-Century Popular Culture. An Anthology and Samuel Johnson’s Lives of the Poets. His other books include Anonymity. A Secret History of English Literature and How Novels Work. He also has research interests in the nineteenth century, and in 2012 published his book What Matters in Jane Austen? He is a regular TV and radio broadcaster, speaker in and for schools, and a literary journalist; he writes on contemporary fiction for the Guardian and was a judge for the 2009 Man Booker Prize.

Sarah Dillon is University Lecturer in Literature and Film in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. She is author of The Palimpsest: Literature, Criticism, Theory (2007) and Queer Intimacies: Deconstruction ∩ Feminism ∩ Film (forthcoming 2018). She is General Editor of the book series Gylphi Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays and Chair (Elect) of the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies. Sarah also likes to make radio programmes for the BBC and only wishes someone had told her earlier in life that there was a job in which someone actually pays you to talk a lot.

Thursday 6th July, 3.30