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

 

17 - 19 October 2014

 

Lord Kitchener says:

“Men, materials and money are the immediate necessities. Does the call of duty find no response in you until reinforced… Let us rather say superseded by the wall of compulsion? ENLIST TODAY”

The Music of Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)

 

David Halpin and Robert Blackburn

15 September 2014

                                                          

Brahms and the Piano

 

Dr Robert Blackburn, former Principal Lecturer in Music, Bath Spa University

16th July 2014

 

Who’s Who: Biography and Biographer

 

Adrian Tinniswood, Freelance author and historian

17 February 2014

 

Georgette Heyer and The ‘Regency’ Novel

 

Kirsten Elliott, Bath writer and literary historian

20 January 2014

 

Anthony Burgess (1917-1993): Not Just a Clockwork Orange

 

Dr Rob Spence, Associate Head of Department, History and English, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire

9 December 2013

 

Recollections of the Holocaust 1939-1945: Some Memoirs and a Diary

 

Expanded version of a talk given by Dr Robert Blackburn, FRSA

18 November 2013

 

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Elie Wiesel
  3. Jean Amery
  4. Mary Berg
  5. Tadeusz Borowski
  6. Charlotte Delbo
  7. Lawrence Langer’s Holocaust Testimonies
  8. Heda Margolius Kovaly
  9. Stella Muller-Madej
  10. Hugo Gryn
  11. Ruth Kluger
  12. Primo Levi
  13. BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Introduction

Katherine Mansfield and The Bloomsbury Group

 

Dr Gerri Kimber, Department of English, University of Northampton

18 March 2013

 

The World of Publishing and Bookselling

 

Robert Topping, Bath bookseller

18 February 2013

 

Charles Dickens (1812-1870): The Journalism and the Novels

 

John Chambers M.A., former Head of English, King Edward School, Bath

20 November 2012

 

First phase: the brilliant upstart of the 1830s

1832-34: The Mirror of Parliament

1834-36: The Morning Chronicle - occasional pieces for the Evening Chronicle

Extract 1: Remembering life as a reporter in the 1830s

1836: Sketches by Boz illustrated by George Craikshank.

Extract 2: A Visit to Newgate

1836-37: Revives serialisation/completes first novel Pickwick Papers

Shelley’s Spiritual Quest

 

Dr Ann Wroe, Obituaries Editor, The Economist, London

21 October 2012

 

A talk by Dr Ann Wroe, obituaries editor at The Economist, given as part of the weekend symposium on European Romanticism, on 21 October 2012. What follows is a short summary.

Some Modern American Writers (post-1950)

 

Professor Gavin Cologne-Brookes, Bath Spa University

18 September 2012

 

The following summary is a greatly expanded version of this talk, with much new material, by Dr Robert Blackburn.  The section on Roth, particularly, is brand new.

 

“Who would be a man must be a nonconformist.” R.W. Emerson

“Reading is a form of friendship.” Marcel Proust

“We do not go, we are driven.” Montaigne; On the Inconstancy of our Actions

“I am nobody. Who is you?” Emily Dickinson

D.H. Lawrence and Modernism

 

Dr Andrew Harrison, University of Nottingham

17 July 2012

 

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).

The Final Keyboard Trilogy: Beethoven’s Last Three Piano Sonatas and their Background

 

Dr Robert Blackburn, former Principal Lecturer in Music, School of Music and Performing Arts, Bath Spa University

17 April 2012

Composing Music In Today’s World

 

Nick Atkinson, MMus, Bath Spa University

7 March 2012

 

Literature and Landscape: Some Perspectives

 

 

Dr Stephen H. Gregg, Bath Spa University

21 February 2012

 

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.

Dickens: Social Class and Early Victorian Medicine

 

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.

The Art of the Piano Transcription: Richard Strauss and Others

 

Dr Charles Wiffen, Head of the Music Department, Bath Spa University

22 November 2011

Raymond Williams (1921-1987): His Life, Work and Intellectual Background

 

Dr. Derek Tatton, Wedgwood Memorial College

October 18 2011

Orhan Pamuk: Art, Politics and Translation

 

Professor Maureen Freely, Warwick University

20 September 2011

A Portrait of Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

 

Dr Robert Blackburn, former Principal Lecturer in Music, Bath Spa University

19 July 2011   

László Moholy-Nagy: The New Bauhaus and America

 

Dr Harry Charrington, University of Bath

17 May 2011

Frank Lloyd Wright: American Architect

 

Robert Marshall, Architectural Historian

6 April 2011

 

Elliott Carter: Euro-centric or American Modernist?

 

Professor Roger Heaton, Bath Spa University

8 March 2011

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.

The Fruitlands Fiasco: Bronson Alcott’s Massachusetts ‘Utopia’ of 1843

 

Professor Richard Francis, Bath Spa University

15 February 2011

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.

Henry James and the American Novel

 

Professor David Timms, former VC Bath Spa University

12 January 2011

Tolstoy and the Russian Mind

 

Dr Ruth Coates, Department of Russian, University of Bristol

13 December 2010 - Victor Suchar Memorial Lecture 2010

 

1.             Introduction/Overview

Tolstoy’s centenary: Why this Lecture is being given?

Gibbon in Bath

 

Brian W. Young, Christ Church, University of Oxford

16 November 2010

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