A Humument: metamorphosis of a book

22 June 2016 5.15pm 6.45pm


Visiting Scholars' Centre, Weston Library (Map)


Gill Partington




Tom Phillips's 'treated Victorian novel', A Humument, is a uniquely hybrid object. Part literature and part artwork, it is published as a book but also exhibited on gallery walls. It has been performed as an opera, and transformed into an iPhone app, and sculpted into a set of globes. This talk traces the diverse incarnations of this fascinating text, asking what they may tell us about the changing nature of books.

Gill Partington is Associate Research Fellow, Department of English and Humanities, Birkbeck. A Humfrey Wanley Visiting Fellowship has supported her research in the Tom Phillips Archive, which is held by the Bodleian Libraries.


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

This seminar will take place in the Visiting Scholars' Centre, Level 2, Weston Library. All are welcome. Anyone wishing to attend, who does not hold a Bodleian reader card, should contact the organizer.

This event is listed under: Lectures and talks; Free events
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