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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 coastWriters include H.E. Bates, Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells and Virginia Woolf.

East Anglia
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.

Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries
courses@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

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Mon 2 November 2015
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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John Cox taught English after graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge. Following work at schools in Suffolk and London, he came to Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury as Head of English, later becoming Assistant Headteacher. He retired in the summer of 2010 and has since lectured on English Literature at Sarum College; Hadrian Cook has taught a range of environmental science subjects and landscape history within the University of London. He subsequently worked for the Harnham Water Meadows Trust and as an environmental consultant and presently lectures in the School of Geography and Geology at Kingston University.
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Mon 9 November, Mon 16 November and Mon 23 November 2015