Jerwood Centre
3.00 - 5.00pm

From Milton’s Mulberry at Cambridge to Pope’s willow at Twickenham, from Byron’s oak at Newstead Abbey to Keats’s plum in Hampstead, trees became tourist attractions, sources of souvenirs, and popular signs of literary heritage. If you have ever gathered leaves, pressed flowers, or collected acorns on your travels, you may be a modern-day arboreal tourist! This talk by Paul Westover of Brigham Young University, will explore the meanings of these trees, their importance for literary memory, and the symbolic work they did as 19th-century Americans attempted (figuratively and literally) to transplant literary culture to the New World.

Cost: £5

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