Explore the ways in which iconic writers of the last century experimented with new forms and themes to capture the fast-changing world around them
Course dates: 19, 26 February; 5, 12, 19 and 26 March 2018
Times: 14.00 – 16.00
The 20th century was a period of dynamic change for British literature: two catastrophic wars and their far-reaching consequences shook world culture to its foundations, and fiction and poetry jostled for position with new art forms like film, radio and television.
Through discussion with experts, analysing key texts and encountering unique items from the Library’s own collections, you’ll explore the ways in which key 20th-century writers experimented with new forms and themes to capture the fast-changing world around them. We’ll begin by looking at the experimental challenges to traditional forms that took place in the early 20th-century under the banner of modernism, through writers including Virginia Woolf, T S Eliot and James Joyce; in subsequent weeks we’ll consider writers from Britain’s former colonies as they reflected on life in London; interwar women writers on the question of domesticity; the revival of interest in myth and fairy tale towards the end of the century; and dystopia as a characteristically modern mode of writing.
This course is convened by Dr Matthew Taunton, Senior Lecturer (School of Literature Drama and Creative Writing) at University of East Anglia, and Deputy Editor, Critical Quarterly. Sessions are also led by Dr Clara Jones, Lecturer in Modern Literature (Department of English) at King's College London, and Dr Stephen Benson, Senior Lecturer (School of Literature Drama and Creative Writing) at University of East Anglia. With contributions from British Library curators.
This course takes place in the British Library Boardroom. Please meet for this course at the Information Desk in the Entrance Hall.
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British Library St Pancras
Full Price: £295.00
Senior 60+: £265.00
Registered Unemployed: £250.00
Friend of the British Library: £250.00
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