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Landscapes and Literature
- Course Dates: Mon 2 November 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Following their lectures in the spring of 2014 on Landscapes and Literature, John Cox and Hadrian Cook present a further series exploring 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 contexts.
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.
This course will cover the following:
South-East England: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
The downs, the lowlands, the rivers and the Island. Writers include Richard Adams, Wilkie Collins, John Keats, Thomas Hardy and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
South-East England: Sussex and Kent
The Weald, the downs and the coast. Writers include H.E. Bates, Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells and Virginia Woolf.
The Fens, the Broads and the coast. Writers include George Crabbe, Charles Dickens, Susan Hill, Charles Kingsley, Blake Morrison, Arthur Ransome, Dorothy L. Sayers and Graham Swift.
The Hills, the plateau and the lowlands. Writers include A.E. Housman, D.H. Lawrence, Ellis Peters, Mary Webb and P.G. Wodehouse.
Subsequent lectures in this series take place on Monday 9 November, Monday 16 November and Monday 23 November 2015.