Landscapes and Literature

Please note that the lecture dates have changed from the original publicity.

LandscapesAndLiteratureSeries of Monday evening lectures, 7pm to 9pm on 3, 10, 17 and 31 March and 7 April 2014.

This series by John Cox and Hadrian Cook explore the links from c.1800 between aspects of English literature and landscapes.

Literature is not systematic in the ways that geography or ecology are. The English landscape in literature may seem a character in its own right, whether marshland, woodland, heath or the coast. Yet references in literature to a landscape may also describe the condition of people in that landscape, and be fully grounded in their historic, ecological and economic context.

Each session will provide a landscape description, followed by an in-depth analysis of evidence, description and discussion of the literary references. By way of summary, key themes relating to the landscape and livelihood will be described and key emerging themes stated by way of conclusion.

The topics covered in the five lectures are:

  • Thomas Hardy and Wessex: Social and economic conditions in the later nineteenth century set in a semi-fictionalised geography.
  • It is an Ancient Mariner: Writers and poets inspired by the coastlines of the southwest including Coleridge, J Meade Falkner and John Fowles.
  • Wuthering High: Yorkshire’s landscape of limestone Dales and gritstone Moors has inspired writers from the Brontes to Ted Hughes.
  • Estuary English: Dickens provides the focus for this session, concentrating on the River Thames and the estuary’s coastal landscapes.
  • Wandering Lonely: The Lake District as experienced by Wordsworth, Southey and others

Price  £38 for the series of five, includes refreshments

Contact Alison Ogden for booking enquiries  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)