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I talk about Orwell and his papers in a video that is part of the “enhanced” version of the new book Treasures from UCL. You can see it here.


I’ll be chairing this Orwell-related event on “Tramping Today” tomorrow at Foyles.

I will be speaking at an event on “Revolutions in Time” at the Petrie Museum at UCL on Thursday evening at 6PM. The blurb is here – you have to scroll down a bit for mine.

A little bit of me talking about Orwell is now online here.

I recently had the pleasure to serve as one of the judges on the London Fringe Festival’s short fiction contest. Congratulations to the winner, Jennifer Thorp.

There’s a video of me giving the paper on Ian McEwan yesterday at Chichester posted here:

I’ll be giving a paper on “Ian McEwan’s Saturday, Neurology and NHS Interventionism” Saturday at this conference at the University of Chichester. Apparently, the organizers are going to post a podcast of the event, and if they do I’ll post a link….

I will be giving a talk tonight entitled “Advertising and the Politics of Aesthetics” as part of the Marxism in Culture series run out of the Institute for Historical Studies at Senate House Library.

Email: m.sayeau @ ucl . ac . uk

My Staff Page

I am a lecturer in the English department at University College London. From 2005 - 2007, I was an assistant professor in the English department at the State University of New York at Buffalo. I completed my Ph.D. in 2005 at Princeton University.

At UCL, my teaching interests include modern and contemporary British, American, and European literature, literary criticism and theory, and the representation of London in literary works. I'm also the convenor of the MA: Issues in Modern Culture at UCL.

My first monograph, entitled Against the Event: The Everyday and the Evolution of Modernist Literature, was published by Oxford University Press in September 2013. It examines the relationship between narration and temporality in the works of Flaubert, Wells, Conrad, and Joyce, and further seeks to contextualize this relationship within wider developments in the history, culture, and theoretical work of the period.

Beyond Against the Event, I am in the very early stages of planning my next major work, which will examine the deployment of simplicity as an aesthetic category in the modernist novel and poetry, as well as in the period's theoretical work on literature, art, and culture. It will likely include chapters on William Morris, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, Basic English, Otto Neurath, I.A. Richards, Roland Barthes, and others.

In addition, I have written for a variety of extra-academic magazines and journals including The New Statesman, the TLS, The Observer, frieze, n+1, and The Philosopher’s Magazine. I am also a Trustee of the Orwell Prize.

What I’ve Been Reading

Roland Barthes, Travels in China
Tom Bullough, Konstantin