The next Lord Florey Talk will take place on Tuesday 4 June at 8.15pm in the Lower Lecture Room.
Our speaker will be Sofie Behluli, a second year DPhil candidate in English. Sofie's presentation is titled "Painting with words: how we see in literature".
Abstract: The creative collaboration between literature and the visual arts goes back to Homer’s Iliad and today it is common for authors to integrate paintings into their novels. By describing the visual and spatial through the means of the verbal and temporal, these authors highlight processes of perception and visualization. They explore how and what we see when we read a book. In my talk, I want to discuss some of the most important examples from literary history – from classics such as Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) and Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (1927) to contemporary works such as Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch (2013) and Amy Sackville’s Painter to the King (2018) – and show how and why these authors paint with words. After all, the evocation of paintings through language challenges not only the framework of fiction, but also the ways in which we perceive the world around us in general.
Sofie's presentation will last for 30-40 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A. All are welcome to attend.
With thanks to the MCR Academic Team for organising this event.