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School of Modern Languages & Cultures

The Leslie Brooks Lecture Series

The Leslie Brooks Lecture series was established by the School, in association with St Cuthbert's Society, in memory of James Leslie Brooks, former Professor of Spanish and founder of the Department of Spanish at Durham.

Leslie Brooks was born in Portarlington, Ireland in 1919. After working as Assistant Lecturer and Lecturer at Queen's University Belfast, Manchester and Sheffield, he was appointed as Reader in Spanish at Durham with the task of establishing a Department of Spanish. In 1963 he became Professor of Spanish and Principal of St Cuthbert's. To these responsibilities he added the post of Second Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 1974, then Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Sub-Warden in 1979. His research focused primarily on the theatre of Valle-Inclán and the novels of Galdós. He retired in 1984, and continued to live in Durham until his death in 1993.

2013 Lecture

Professor Brad Epps [Harvard University, USA] 'The Space of the Vampire: Materiality and Disappearance in the Films of Iván Zulueta'
Professor Epps will be a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University during Epiphany Term 2013 http://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/fellows/1213/epps/

2011 Lecture

Professor Ariella Azoulay [Bar Ilan University, Israel] 'Photography and Colonialism in Israel/Palestine'

2010 Lecture

Ventura Pons, Spanish Film Director  gave a paper entitled: Looking for film in literature' on Monday 25 January 2010.
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2008 Lecture

Professor Hoda Elsadda, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Cairo University gave a paper entitled: 'Gender and Nation: New Directions in the Contemporary Novel in Egypt' on Tuesday 6 May 2008.

2007 Lecture

Professor David Shepherd, Professor of Russian and Director of the Bakhtin Centre and the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield, gave a paper entitled: 'Bakhtin and the humanities - past, present and future' on Tuesday 1 May.

2006 Lecture

Emeritus Professor Eduardo Saccone, University College Cork, gave a paper entitled: 'Premature Conclusions. The Interpretation of Modern Italian Literature' on 24 April 2006.

2005 Lecture

Ann Jefferson, Oxford University
Biography and the Question of Literature