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6 October 2021 - 6 October 2021

5:30PM - 7:30PM

Online (Zoom)

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Everyone is welcome to our Late Summer Lecture Series 2021, as we roam across The Past, Present, and Future in literature and culture.

Programme

In a revision to the originally advertised finale of our Late Summer Lectures, this lecture brings together three talks, including two that had to be rearranged from earlier in the series.

  • 17.30-18.30 - “I am short of puff”: Katherine Mansfield’s Poetics of Breath(lessness), with Dr Imola Nagy-Seres
  • 18.30-19.00 - Medical Misdemeanour in the Re-Imagined Nineteenth Century, with Rosalind Crocker
  • 19.00-19.30 - Epic ‘apply’d’: Women and the Epic Genre in the Eighteenth Century, by Dr Anthony Walker-Cook

“I am short of puff”: Katherine Mansfield’s Poetics of Breath(lessness)

Katherine Mansfield's tuberculosis forced her to perform breathing exercises later in life. Dr Nagy-Seres’ lecture will highlight how Mansfield’s personal correspondence and short stories imbued breath with creative and affective potential, one that created a respiratory aesthetic that was poised between health and illness, life and death, and present and past.

Medical Misdemeanour in the Re-Imagined Nineteenth Century

Medical practice frequently reappears in works of neo-Victorianism. Analysing Sheri Holman’s The Dress Lodger (1999) and E.S. Thomson’s Beloved Poison (2016), Rosalind’s lecture will interrogate the ‘medical man’ figure by considering how acts of violence, from grave-robbery for anatomy to physical abuse of patients, pervade the modern literary imagination.

Epic ‘apply’d’: Women and the Epic Genre in the Eighteenth Century

The role of eighteenth-century women writers in the history of the reception of the epic genre has often been missed. Focusing on Mary Leapor’s poetry, Anthony’s lecture will look at the overlooked connection between women writers and the epic genre by exploring the mock-heroic, which he argues was used by women writers to create their own literary worlds of history and experience.

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