Rioting and the Literary Archive

  • Bayeh, Jumana (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Groth, Helen (Chief Investigator)
  • Murphet, Julian (Chief Investigator)

Project: Research

Project Details


This project will examine writers' enduring engagement with both the riot's destructive energy and transformative potential. Tracing a long arc from the 18th Century novel to recent multi-medial narratives generated in the wake of the Arab Spring, this project will uncover a history largely ignored by literary scholars. Recent claims that we are living in a 'time of riots' throw the significance of this literary archive and its retrospective re-enactment of
emblematic riots into sharp relief. Drawing together writing from Britain, America, Australia and the Middle-East this project will mobilise the literary archive as a dynamic evolving analytical tool for understanding the resurgence
of the riot in a contemporary global context.
Effective start/end date1/01/1931/12/21