research project

Memory Maps

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Memory Maps is about people and their relationship with place. It is about objects that are associated with particular areas as well as prints and paintings of named locations. But most importantly it is about writing about place.

In recent years a new form of writing has emerged drawing on fiction, history, conversation and memoir. Memory Maps includes contributions in the genre from contemporary writers and includes opportunities for contributing new works.

The project began as a collaboration between the Centre for Creative Writing in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies (LiFTS) at the University of Essex and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

"All maps are blank in a sense, for while my story is mine, my map of San Francisco is also potentially yours; both can be charted on the same map, and where the past has been mapped the future may yet inscribe other adventures."
Rebecca Solnit Genius Loci
MA Wild Writing: Literature, Landscape and the Environment

The Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies taught masters courses in English and comparative literature, include MA Wild Writing: Literature and the Environment. This is a unique research-led and interdisciplinary programme that combines literary criticism, creative writing, biological sciences and field work.

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