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Writers, artists and philosophers take up the baton for Freud marathon

A public reading of one of Sigmund Freud’s most influential works examining human destructiveness has been organised by University of Sussex English academics.

Dr Sara Jane Bailes and Professor Nicholas Royle have curated Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents, to be read in its entirety by up to 30 artists, academics and psychoanalysts at the Freud Museum in London on Sunday (14 June).

The readers during the four-and-a-half hour marathon include novelist Deborah Levy, poet Ruth Padel and philosopher Simon Glendinning.

Dr Bailes and Professor Royle will also be reading, as will Professor Peter Boxall.

Professor Royle, director of the University’s Centre for Creative and Critical Thought, said the event, which takes place in the house Freud lived in after fleeing Nazi Germany, reflects the “profound presence” of Freud in the interdisciplinary work, teaching and research of the School of English.

Partnered with a similar successful event that took place in New York in January 2015, this is the first marathon reading to be staged in Europe.

Professor Royle added: “The reading at the Freud Museum will be a striking example, we hope, of what is already recognised as an emerging new genre, located somewhere between literature and performance, in which complete literary works are publicly read aloud.”

The event, which starts at 1pm, is free with an admission ticket to the Freud Museum. There are no tickets and audience members can come and go as they please. At the end, after the Museum closes, audience members are invited to stay for discussion and light refreshments.


Posted on behalf of: School of English
Last updated: Friday, 12 June 2015

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