Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Public talk: 'The Weather in British Literature'

The School of English will be hosting a lecture by Dr Alexandra Harris of the University of Liverpool, entitled "The Weather in British Literature".

"Writers and artists across the centuries, looking up at the same skies and walking in the same brisk air, have felt very different things. There have been times when the numbers on a rain gauge count for more than a pantheon of aerial gods; there have been times for meteoric marvels and times for gentle breeze. Shelley wanted to sublimate himself into a cloud while Ruskin, equally but differently obsessed, wanted to store the clouds in bottles. Alexandra Harris will introduce her work on a cultural history of English weather, show how Woolf's Orlando can be read as a guide to the climates of history, and ask whether modernism has distinctive weathers of its own."

Dr Alexandra Harris
'The weather in British Literature' 
Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 5.15pm
Lawson Room, Kennedy Hall,
School of English, The Scores 

Dr Harris' wide-ranging book 'Romantic Moderns' won Guardian First Book Award in 2010. She appears regularly on radio and television, most recently fronting an episode of the BBC series 'The Secret Life of Books'.

The lecture is free and open to the public.