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LINE UNLEASHED: ANDRÉ MASSON AND HIS UNIVERSE

Speaker: Gerard Bellaart, Member, on 21 September 1999

"My work is an errant one. I can't stay very long in one place; I have preferred the mental labyrinth full of snares to roads that were safe and straight." André Masson

ON WINDING PATHS: JUSTUS MÖSER'S VIEW OF ENGLISH LITERATURE

Introduced by Dr Sali Dening, Member, on 16 November 1999

Illustrated by slides kindly lent by the Möser-Dokumentationsstelle, Osnabrück.

Although he had not yet visited England, Justus Möser of Osnabrück in his essay Harlekin or Defence of the Grotesquely Comical (1761) defined the `unique spirit of the English' as having achieved more new perfections along winding paths than were to be found in formal gardens along their straight monotonous walks and visible bounds. Möser thought of the English spirit as resembling a landscape garden.

QUANTUM SCULPTURE: A NEW FORM OF ART

Speaker: Siobhan Tucker on 21 December 1999

The Quantum Potential project, as described in the lecture, was an attempt on the part of those involved to form a collaboration of artists and scientists. As the chronicler of the project, the speaker set out to describe the process and explain the dynamics that led to the creation of the quantum potential sculpture. The talk proceeded chronologically from the first meeting to the present.

EDWARD CAIRD AND BRITISH IDEALIST PHILOSOPHY

This particular text is added as an introduction and took place in Oxford.

Speaker: Dr. Wm. Mander, Oxford University 20 January '98
This is the summary of the paper which is available in full text , as delivered by Dr. Mander.

PROUST, TIME AND ONE PAINTER'S EXPERIENCE

Speaker: Derek Southall 24 Feb. '98

STENDHAL: EGOTIST, PORTRAITIST AND IRONIST - A PERSONAL VIEW

Introduced by Gerard Bellaart and Victor Suchar on 17 March 1998

COLERIDGE AND VICO

Introduced by William Booth on 21 April 1998

‘Giambatista Vico (1668-1774). Arguably the most significant Italian philosopher, he was Professor of Rhetoric at the university of his native Naples.’ (Oxford Companion to Philosophy). His Autobiography and his " Scienza Nuova" influenced thinkers as different as Coleridge, Arnold, Yates, Joyce and Collingwood, and left an indelible mark in the writing of philosophy of history. Coleridge was introduced to Vico by the Italian revolutionary Gioachino de Prati.
(Victor Suchar)

FRENCH OPERA AT THE COURT OF THE SUN KING

Introduced by Dr William Brooks, University of Bath, on 19 May 1998

CUBIST MAN IN THE WESTERN WORLD

Speaker: Rex Valentine, Member, on 15 September 1998

ENVIRONMENTALISM IN CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE

Speaker: Richard Kerridge on 20 October 1998

EDMUND BURKE AND POLITICAL THOUGHT

Speaker: Ian Crowe on 17 November 1998

T. E. HULME

Speaker Paul Edwards, Bath Spa Univ. Coll. on 19 December 1998

WITTGENSTEIN AND POLITICAL THOUGHT

Introduced by Dr Robin Holt, Univ. of Southamptonon 16 December 1997

 

F. H. BRADLEY & T. H. GREEN: THE INFLUENCE OF THEIR PHILOSOPHY ON PUBLIC POLICY

Introduced by Geoffrey Catchpole on 18 November 1997

OVID 43 B.C. 1997 A.D.

Introduced by Audrey Leigh on 21 October 1997

JAMES JOYCE'S ULYSSES

Introduced by Graham Harrison on 16 September 1997

There was a good attendance for this discussion of not the easiest of novels'. Graham's
introduction was somewhat novel - a breathless summary of the book in the words of Nora Barnacle, James's
wife and the inspiration for the Molly Bloom character in Ulysees, neither of whom had mastered the gentle
art of punctuation.
He then quoted a few of the views expressed in the years following its publication in 1922,
including:
The greatest novel of the 20th century.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, WRITER AND PAINTER

Introduced by Paul Edwards, Bath College of Higher Education, on 20 May 1997

LEWIS CARROLL HIS ADVENTURES IN LITERATURE AND LOGIC.

Introduced by the Revd. M. Vine on 15 April 1997

G T di LAMPEDUSA'S THE LEOPARD

Introduced by E J Hampson, University of Bath on 18 March 1997

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