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Reality Hunger

LSE Literary Festival discussion

Is the novel dead? Is art theft? Can you copyright reality? David Sheilds’s Reality Hunger questions every assumption we ever made about art, the novel, journalism, poetry, film, TV, rap, stand-up, graffiti, sampling, plagiarism, writing, and reading. The questions Shields addresses- the bending of form and genre, the lure and blur of the real- play out constantly around us, and Reality Hunger is a radical reframing of how we might think about this 'truthiness'. This discussion of Shields' manifesto will explore the complexities of art and literature in the 21st Century.

Geoff Dyer is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and three previous novels, as well as seven other non-fiction books. Dyer has won the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, a National Book Critic’s Circle Award, a Lannan Literary Award, the International Circle of Photography’s 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ E. M. Forster Award. In 2009 he was given GQ’s ‘Writer of the Year’ Award. He lives in London

Robert Hudson is the author of The Kilburn Social Club. He has a PhD in history and is currently writing a historical novel, which keeps him up at night. He has written extensively for journals including the Financial Times and the Guardian, on topics including the social aspects of digital media.

David Shields is the author of ten books, including Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, and the New York Times bestseller The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead. His work has been translated into a dozen languages. He is a professor of English at the University of Washington. www.davidshields.com.


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Robert Hudson | talks
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Chair: Claire Armitstead | talks


Date and Time:

19 February 2011 at 11:00 am


1 hour 30 minutes



Sheikh Zayed Theatre
New Academic Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

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