The View from Dover


A lunchtime talk on place, movement and belonging in contemporary British culture by David Herd, Professor of Modern Literature, University of Kent.


The View from Dover is the first of a series of talks and essays by David Herd that take their bearings from the site of The Citadel on Dover’s Western Heights.

Originally constructed at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, as part of a network of fortifications, The Citadel knew various functions before its present use as an immigration removal centre.

Starting at the building itself, with its iconic location, this talk asks what it means to view contemporary culture from such a contested site.

Focusing questions of movement and belonging, Dover’s Citadel offers one of the most striking views in modern Britain. What becomes visible, the talk will ask, from a site held legally and linguistically just outside?


David Herd is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Kent. His collections of poetry include All Just (Carcanet) and Outwith (Bookthug). Other publications include Enthusiast! Essays on Modern American Literature (Manchester 2007) and John Ashbery and American Poetry (Manchester 2001)
12.30PM, FRIDAY 14 NOVEMBER
WORD POWER BOOKS, 43-45 WEST NICOLSON ST, EDINBURGH


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