The Mysteries of Writing Novels and Poems

Literature of any merit has its ambiguities and this allows for different readings, giving rise to different interpretations and so, literary critical debate. This series of lectures will focus on four novels and two poems in order to focus on these ‘Mysteries of Writing’.

Works have been selected for their popularity or, contrariwise, their relative obscurity, to offer historical range, and to include both English and non-English texts. In analysing a few works in detail, methods of reading will be identified which can be used to unlock from all texts some of their abiding and powerful relevance to human life.

Past Lectures In This Series
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The Novel & Morality: Samuel Johnson's 'Rasselas'

Professor Belinda Jack
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 - 6:00PM
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The Novel as Political History: Stendhal's 'Le rouge et le noir'

Professor Belinda Jack
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 6:00PM
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The Novel & Idealism: George Sand's 'Francois le champi' (The Country Waif)

Professor Belinda Jack
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 6:00PM
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The Novel & Psychology: Edith Wharton's 'The Age of Innocence'

Professor Belinda Jack
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - 6:00PM
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Poetry & Remembrance: Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Professor Belinda Jack
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 6:00PM
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Poetry & Immortality: John Keats' 'Ode to a Nightingale'

Professor Belinda Jack
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 - 6:00PM