The child is a familiar figure in Romantic and Victorian studies but is much less visible in early twentieth-century literature criticism. This lecture will argue that there is much to gain in revisiting the modernist fascination with the sensorial immediacy of the child, childish play as aesthetic theory, and generation, parturition, and birt..
The Brook Lecture, part of the English and American Studies seminar series, honours the memory of G.L. Brook, Professor of English Language and Medieval English Literature at Manchester University, 1945–77. This year's speaker will be Prof. Corinne Saunders from Durham. Title tbc.
I will be giving my Professorial Inaugural on the 29 May, wearing a cape (kind of) and talking about hifalutin things (+ jokes). It would be lovely to see you all for it. I'm learning the Second Law of Thermodynamics just in case. There will be a party in a pub afterwards, obvs. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inaugural-lectu..
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