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Collecting Shakespeare: the Story of Henry and Emily Folger

Stephen H. Grant, Historian and Senior Fellow, Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, Arlington, Virginia, USA

 

Richard Hoggart: Writer, Critic and Educator

 

Dr Rob Spence, formerly Associate Head of English and History, Edge Hill University

 

16 October 2017

 

The English Novel of the 1960s

 

 

Dr Joe Jackson: Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Nottingham

 

Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty

 

Dr Amy Orrock, Holburne Museum

 

British Drama in the 1960s

 

Dr Chris Collins, School of English, University of Nottingham

18 June

 

The 1960s were a period of radical social unrest in the United Kingdom. Drama (the written text) and theatre (the event of performance) during this period is a testament to the radical states of play. During this counter-cultural decade, the theatre became a site of revolution both in terms of form and style.

From Homer To Howth Head; James Joyce And The Voyage Of ‘Ulysses’

 

Dr Joseph Brooker, Reader in Modern Literature, Birkbeck, University of London and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Literature

20 March 2017

 

The following text is taken in outline from notes made at Dr Brooker’s talk by the BRLSI Convenor for Literature and Humanities, Dr Robert Blackburn, with much additional material added by him

Nigel Balchin (1908-1970) English novelist

 

Derek Collett, Freelance writer and biographer

16 January 2017

 

Beethoven and British Literature 1902-1927

 

Dr Nathan Waddell, Assistant Professor, Department Of English, University Of Nottingham

Dr Robert Blackburn, Convenor, Literature And Humanities, Brlsi, and former Principal Lecturer in Music, Bath Spa University, played Beethoven’s Sonata in E flat, Op. 31 No. 3 (1801/2)

21 November 2016

 

John Galsworthy (1867-1933): Power, Property and Utopia in ‘The Forsyte Saga’

 

Dr Gail Cunningham, Emeritus Professor of English, Kingston University, Surrey

21 March 2016

 

[Additions, including pages 1 to 4, and pages 13 to 17 by Dr Robert Blackburn]

To a foreigner, the age through which we ourselves have been living is the age of Galsworthy, Wells and Shaw; before them of Wilde. Something, doubtless, besides literary enjoyment, guides this taste.’ GM Young Victorian England: Portrait of an Age (1936)

Wyndham Lewis's Myth of Modernity: Image and Text

 

Chris Lewis, Doctoral student, Bath Spa University

15 February 2016

 

Stevie Smith (1902-1971) In Her Time

 

Dr Will May, University of Southampton

18 January 2016

 

Stevie Smith lived for almost all her life in the same house in Palmers Green, London. She began to publish in 1936, when she was 34. Her last book, Scorpion, appeared posthumously in 1972. She was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 1969.

Aldous Huxley: Writer And Prophet

 

Nicholas Murray, Freelance writer and biographer of Aldous Huxley

7 December 2015

 

Samuel Beckett – Witnessing the Century

 

Dr Mark Nixon, Associate Professor University of Reading; Director of the Samuel Beckett International Foundation

16 November 2015

 

Mozart and the Enlightenment

 

Professor Cliff Eisen, Music Department, King’s College, University of London

19 October 2015

 

Evelyn Waugh: Writer and Novelist

 

John Chambers MA, Former Head of English, King Edward’s School, Bath
Readers: Steve Curtis and Ann Taylor

21 September 2015

 

This talk will give an outline of Waugh’s literary journey as a novelist, while attempting also to do justice to his various journalistic roles, and his remarkable letters.

Eighteenth Century British Painting

 

Amina Wright, Senior Curator, Holburne Museum, Bath

20 July 2015

 

Remembering the Past: Memoirs of a Psychosexual Doctor

 

Dr Ruth Skrine

16 March 2015

 

Dr Ruth Skrine, who lives in Bath, gave this talk following an earlier one in 2014 at Topping’s Bookshop. The title of her new book uses the last part of the talk’s title, but is headed by the words ‘Growing into Medicine’.

Dante: Truth and Fiction in ‘The Divine Comedy’

 

Professor Peter Hainsworth, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University

16 February 2015

 

Iris Murdoch: Morality and the Novel

 

Dr Anne Rowe, Associate Professor of English, Kingston University

19 January 2015

 

Iris Murdoch’s novels do not prove anything; they attend as much to what is intricate and ambivalent in experience, as much as to what is absolute and ambiguous.
- Professor John Haffenden: Introduction to his interview with Iris Murdoch in Novelists in Interview (Methuen, 1985)

The Families Who Never Forgot: Archaeology of The Great War and the Phenomenon of ‘The Missing’

 

Mr Richard Osgood, Senior Archaeologist for the UK Defence Infrastructure (D.I.O.)

19 October 2014

 

The Importance of the Versailles Peace Treaty

 

Dr Steve Wharton, Senior Lecturer in French and Communications University of Bath

19 October 2014

 

Sing When You’re Winning: The Great War and Song

 

Dr Guido Heldt, Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Bristol 

19 October 2014

 

The Quick and the Dead: Families and Children of The Great War

 

Richard Van Emden, First World War Historian and BBC Documentary Maker

19 October 2014

 

Appendix To The Talk On German Expressionist Poetry: Some Notes On German Expressionist Drama 1910-1925

 

Dr Robert Blackburn, Convenor, Literature and Humanities, BRLSI

18 October 2014

 

The Role of Women in France and Britain During The Great War

 

Professor Alison Fell, University of Leeds

18 October 2014

 

Medical Improvements for Wounded Soldiers During The Great War

 

Dr Emily Mayhew, Department of Humanities, Imperial College, London

18 October 2014

 

German Expressionist Poetry, 1914-1918

 

Professor Robert Vilain, Department of German, University of Bristol

18 October 2014

 

Note: The original intention was to include some reference to the British war poets, among them Brooke, Blunden, Sassoon, Graves, Owen, Rosenberg, Gurney and Thomas. In the event, this proved impossible. Readers are recommended to look up two excellent modern general studies:

Nicholas Murray: The Red Sweet Wine of Youth: British Poets of the First World War Little, Brown 2010.

The Great War Symposium: II - The Many Faces of World War One Trench Art

 

Paul Cornish, Historian and Senior Curator, Imperial War Museum

18 October 2014

 

The Great War Symposium: I - The Origins Of The Great War

 

Professor Keith Robbins, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Wales at Lampeter

17 October 2014

 

This is an expanded version by Dr Robert Blackburn, Convenor for Literature and Humanities, BRLSI, of Professor Robbins’ talk. It contains all his detailed points and arguments, but includes some supplementary factual material.

The Great War: Responses and Reactions – A Symposium of Nine Talks and an Exhibition

 

17 - 19 October 2014

 

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