This panel discussion will explore the representation of mining and miners in literature with examples drawn from the Renaissance to the present. We will discuss the ways in which the labour, science, technology and social history of mining have dug their way into English, American, Canadian and Australian literature.
Chair: Professor Gordon McMullan (King's College London)
Dr Janet Floyd (King's College London)
Professor Phillip Mead (Winthrop Professor and Inaugural Chair of Australian Literature, University of Western Australia)
Dr Adelene Buckland (King's College London)
Rosalyn Buckland (King's College London)
Gordon McMullan is Director of the London Shakespeare Centre. He specialises in Shakespeare and early modern theatre and culture. He is a general textual editor of the Norton Shakespeare and a general editor of Arden Early Modern Drama.
Janet Floyd began teaching American Studies at King’s in 2002, moving into the English department in 2010. During that time both her research and her teaching have focused on 19th century American literature and culture in a transatlantic and a global setting.
Philip Mead is Winthrop Professor, inaugural Chair of Australian Literature, and Director, Westerly Centre. Philip’s research in Australian literature is at the intersections of literary studies, cultural geography, history, literary education and digital humanities.
Adelene Buckland came to King’s in September 2012 from the University of East Anglia. Adelene's main research interests are in literature and the history of science. Her new project is on the writing about coal, gold, diamond and lead mining in the 19th century, with a particular focus not only on novels, short stories, periodicals and poetry, but also - and especially - on science.
Rosalyn Buckland is a PhD candidate at King’s College London, in the department of English.