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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

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Lèse Majesté: The Georgians Through Victorian Eyes

10th May 2012, 17:00 to 18:00, Elvet Riverside 201, Andrew Sanders (Emeritus Professor)

The Robin Dix Memorial Lecture.

Professor Andrew Sanders is an eminent specialist in the Victorian period. He is the author of many critical works on Charles Dickens as well as of The Short Oxford History of English Literature. His lecture, ‘Lèse Majesté: The Georgians Through Victorian Eyes’, will draw on research for his most recent book, soon to appear with Yale University Press, on the engagement of Victorian writers with English history. Professor Sanders will discuss the attitudes and responses of Victorian writers to the eighteenth century - both its corruptions and its delights. Writers discussed will include Thackeray, Swift, Carlyle and Dr Johnson.

The lecture commemorates the life and work of a much-loved and much-missed Lecturer in the Department, Dr Robin Dix (1956-2007). Dr Dix was a specialist in eighteenth-century writing and thought, particularly the writings of Mark Akenside, the Newcastle physician and poet. Dr Dix is remembered for his brilliant and rigorous scholarship but also for his charismatic teaching and lectures, and it is fitting that the lecture in his memory will be given by another charismatic lecturer and a former member of the Department.

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