This talk sought to contextualise the early writings of D.H. Lawrence in the literary culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It began by showing how Lawrence drew upon and transformed the writings of his great Victorian predecessors (especially Thomas Hardy and George Eliot), before moving on to consider his engagement with modernist aesthetics and experimentalism (concentrating on the poems he published in the Imagist anthologies from 1915).
I run the MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment at Bath Spa University, and when I was asked to talk at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute on the topic of literature and landscape, I wanted to present an unfamiliar picture of British fiction and argue how that fiction has sought to make familiar landscapes unfamiliar.
Elizabeth Negus M.A., Barking and Dagenham F.E. College, Essex
17 January 2012
The year 2012 marks the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth. The time which shaped him and catapulted him to greatness is so far behind us, as to have become a matter of historical study for this generation. We can regard Dickens from the standpoint of posterity; to consider his career, to review his literary work, and to estimate his total activity, as belonging to an age clearly distinguishable from our own.
As I write this Carter (b. 1908) is just about to celebrate his 103rd birthday with three world premieres. As busy as ever Carter came of age musically in the modernist ferment of 1920s New York fascinated by the avant-garde composers working there, Varèse, Cowell and Ruggles, as well as studying scores from Europe by Schoenberg, Webern, Berg and Bartók.
Richard Francis gave a talk exploring the cross-fertilisation of ideas that took place between a utopian experiment at Ham Common in surrey and the famous Fruitlands community in Massachusetts, founded by Bronson Alcott, father of the much-loved American author, Louisa May Alcott.