Public lecture series with Dr. Chris Ferns

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Professor Emeritus Chris Ferns is offering another series of public lectures in the Keshen Goodman public library this term. His topic is “Hard Times: Literature and the Industrial Revolution.” All the lectures are free and take place on Fridays 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at 330 Lacewood Drive.

More about the series:

Today, the word “revolution” conjures up images of the massive political upheavals of the past — the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution — radical, violent changes that transformed society out of all recognition. Yet during the nineteenth century Britain underwent a process of transformation no less profound: the Industrial Revolution. By the end of the period it had emerged as the world’s first industrial Superpower, in control of nearly a quarter of the globe — but at an enormous cost in terms of human suffering. These lectures explore the ways in which writers of the period responded to the literally unprecedented changes taking place.

Schedule:

September 23. The Calm Before the Storm: Britain on the Eve of Revolution

September 30. Early Responses: Jane Austen and Walter Scott

October 7. Great Expectations? Dickens and the Industrial Revolution

October 14. The Ghosts on the Moors: Wuthering Heights and Social Change

October 21.  Maintaining Order: Middlemarch and Political Reform

October 28.  Fears for the Future: H.G.Wells and the Shape of Things to Come

 

All are welcome.

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