GLITS-e: a journal of criticism     4:2013-2014


GLITS-e is an electronic journal of literary and cultural criticism produced in the Department of English & Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London.

The function of the journal is to publish the best work presented by postgraduate students and other speakers at the Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (GLITS), and at postgraduate conferences organised by the Department. The purpose of the journal, as a forum for new voices, is to make a significant contribution to scholarly and theoretical debate. In serving this end more widely, GLITS-e will occasionally publish shorter pieces of creative writing by postgraduate students within the Department. The administration of GLITS-e, including peer-reviewing, is conducted chiefly by postgraduate research students, with some support from academic staff.


  • Johanna O'Shea
  • Jasmine Richards

Associate Editor:

  • Michael Simpson

Editorial Board:

  • Eva Aldea
  • Chris Baldick
  • Lucia Boldrini
  • Leif Bull
  • Helen Carr
  • Sophie Corser
  • Francis Gilbert
  • Emma Grundy Haigh
  • Tanguy Harma
  • Seraphima Kennedy
  • Uttara Natarajan
  • Helen Palmer
  • Jacqueline Rattray
  • Jack Underwood
  • Susan Watson


  • Johanna O'Shea

Technical work:

  • Johanna O'Shea
  • The Web Team


The Glamorisation of Death in Kerouac’s Tristessa (1960) Through the Phenomenon of the Sublime
Tanguy Harma (Goldsmiths, University of London)

The Faces of Shakespeare: Revealing Shakespeare’s Life and Death Through Portraits and Other Objects
Simon Andrew Stirling (University of Worcester)

An Exhibition of Blind Spots in Good Morning, Midnight: Textual and Political Strategies That Operate in the Dark
Johanna Franklin (Goldsmiths, University of London)

The Problematic Retrospect in David Copperfield
Claire Ashworth (Loughborough University)

By George, it’s the Gorgeous, Gorging Georgians
Michael Simpson (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Creative Writing 

The Goldilocks Zone
Sophie Ward (Goldsmiths, University of London)

The Price You Pay For Not Being Alone With Your Dying
Paul Wasserman and Chris Succo 

Amanda Bigler (Loughborough University)

In the House of the Architect: Thoughts on Sir John Soane and the Art of Biography
Susan Watson (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Poetry: Three
Susan Watson (Goldsmiths, University of London)

'Sacked': Extract from the novel Who Do You Love?
Francis Gilbert (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Conference Report

GLITS Conference 2013: Traces

About the Contributors

The title image for this edition of GLITS-e is used with the permission of the Imperial War Museum. The photo held by the IWM shows air raid damage in the United Kingdom during the First World War: 'a view of the roof of the General Post Office, looking across to St Paul's Cathedral in the background, showing piles of salvaged materials and debris piled on the roof following a raid which occurred on 7 July 1917. This was the second daylight aeroplane raid on London and the damage was caused by a 15 kilogram bomb. Home Office photographer, 1917-07', IWM no.: HO 81, IWM website