Monthly Roundup: November

November’s Happenings 

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Our major event for November was last week’s screening and panel discussion of Thomas Vinterberg’s Far From The Madding Crowd for the Being Human Festival. Many thanks to everyone who got involved and made the evening such a success, especially Mary Joannou who chaired the discussion, and our three panelists: Kathy Rees, Kirsty Harris, and Chris Lyon who also shared a wonderful blog about Thomas Hardy here. It was fantastic to see so many new faces in the audience alongside the familiar ones, and we are hoping to open more events to similar public engagement in the future.

In case you missed it, we have recorded the panel discussion after the film, and will be sharing a link to it here on the blog in a few days!

Coming Up

Our next event is a talk from Sarah Bull entitled ‘Rethinking Sexual Advice in the Age of Mass Print: The Sexual Knowledge Business in Victorian Britain’, on Friday 9th December at 5pm in Helmore 223. This is our last event for the semester, so we’re hoping that all our members can join us for what promises to be a fascinating talk and discussion!

Also of interest is the conference on 200 Years of the Nutcracker being held at Anglia Ruskin University this coming Saturday, 3rd December, with special guests Maria Tatar (Harvard University) and Kevin Crossley-Holland (Carnegie Medal Winning Children’s Author). You can book your place here.

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Hardy and Me: A Personal Account

In honour of tomorrow’s Far From the Madding Crowd event for the Being Human Festival 2016, unit member Chris Lyon has written a post for us about his experiences with reading Thomas Hardy.

We’re looking forward to our free screening and discussion of Far From the Madding Crowd tomorrow, and hope to see you there!

Hardy and Me. A Personal Account.

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The Tithe Barn, Abbotsbury near Wymouth, by Walter Tyndale

 

Like most people passing through the English state education system, my first encounter with Thomas Hardy was an obligatory study of a Hardy novel as part of the GCE (now GCSE) National Curriculum for English Literature. No explanation was given as to why Hardy was and still is deemed essential reading. He just appeared in the classroom one day. In my case that day happened to be in 1974, exactly 100 years after its first publication. The novel in question was Far from the Madding Crowd.

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