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'What's Become of All the Gold ...?': Venice, Browning, Dickens, and Victorian Cultural Imaginings

25th January 2010, 18:15 to 19:15, Elvet Riverside 2, New Elvet, Room 201, Professor Michael O'Neill (Durham University)

As Charles Dickens's description reminds us, Venice has always allured the cultural imagination. Rising out of the sea, to which its symbolic marriage was signalled by the Doge's annual casting of a ring into the lagoon, it is like no other human settlement in its physical make-up. Even now funeral corteges and furniture removals travel down canals rather than roads; as visitors step in and out of vaporetti, they seem to be moving in and out of pictorial spaces. The city brings dwelling, history, aesthetics, and commerce into intimate connection with water.

This lecture series focuses on the city's representation in painting, music and literature since 1800.

Michael O’Neill is a Professor of English at Durham University and a Director of the University’s Institute of Advanced Study. His recent publications include The All-Sustaining Air: Romantic Legacies and Renewals in British, American, and Irish Poetry (2007) and Wheel (2008), a collection of poems.

Contact s.e.wootton@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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