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I have an essay up at The White Review about Slavoj Žižek.


I’m participating in this Orwell Prize event tonight in Letchworth.

This site has been down for quite awhile now… I had some domain renewal issues. Back now….

I’ll be participating with my colleagues Matthew Beaumont, Greg Dart, Rachel Bowlby and others on a panel discussion on “Being in the City” tomorrow (Friday 7 May) at the JZ Young Lecture Theatre at UCL from 6:30-8:00 PM.

This roundtable discussion is designed to explore particular modes of ‘being in the city’. It will address both specific modes of relating to the modern metropolis (commuting, convalescing and daydreaming respectively) and the quality of everyday life in contemporary cities (the condition of metropolitan being, so to speak, at the beginning of the twenty-first century). What does being in the contemporary metropolitan city entail? What does being entail in the contemporary metropolitan city?

The event is part of the Cities Methodologies exhibition opening described here.

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