2017/2018 Programme

The academic year 2017-18 programme will be in Birkbeck College on the following Saturdays at 2.30pm (except in December and May):

7 October 2017   Room 539

Ulrike Horstmann-Guthrie: “Haunted Houses and Avenging Females: Victorian Ghost Stories”

Please read Elizabeth Gaskell, The Old Nurse’s Story (1852), Sheridan Le Fanu, An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street (1853), Rhoda Broughton, The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth (1868), Anon., The Story of Clifford House (1878), Charlotte Riddell, The Open Door (1882), all reprinted in The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories, eds. Michael Cox and R A Gilbert (OUP 1991).

11 November 2017   Room 538

Dr Caroline Blinder: “Flannery O’Connor to Cormack McCarthy: Gothic and the American South”

Please read Flannery O’Connor’s short story ‘A good man is hard to find’ and McCarthy’s early novel Child of God.

11am 2 December 2017   Room 538

Professor Warren Chernaik:  ‘ “Mine iron heart” – Grace and Despair in Donne” followed by the Christmas party at the Marlborough Arms.

See Donne’s Holy sonnet: ‘Thou hast made me, and shall thy work decay?

13 January 2018   Room 538

Emeritus Professor John Stokes: “Dandy, Double, Decadent: the queer connections of Oscar Wilde.”

3 March 2018   Room 538

Charles Peake Memorial Lecture.  Professor Tom Healy, University of Sussex: “English Menace: Drama from Shakespeare to Pinter.”

21 April 2018   Room 538

Dr Roy Booth, Royal Holloway College: “Shakespeare’s Sonnets.”

day trip in May   tba

9 June 2018   Room 539

Rachel Holmes: “Of Feminist Biography”, followed by the AGM