Stapleford Granary

Course description

Saturday 17 March 2018
Course type: Literary Course


14.00-17.30   £50 / £45 students
Tea and coffee provided

In partnership with Literature Cambridge

The day includes two lectures and a round-table seminar.

E. M. Forster: For Love of Italy

Italy is the setting for some of Forster's best-loved works: Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), A Room with a View (1908), ‘The Story of a Panic’ (1904).

What does Italy mean to Forster? What do his characters find in Italy, and in themselves, when they go there?

Alison Hennegan will explore how Italy helped Forster to understand repression, and to find ways out of it.

Jeremy Thurlow will discuss how music serves in Forster’s novels as a channel for ambitions and passions which were otherwise stifled. Jeremy will illustrate the talk by playing pieces on the piano.

The day finishes with a round-table seminar in which everyone can join the discussion.

There are no prerequisites, except a love of reading.


E. M. Forster, Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905)

E. M. Forster, A Room with a View (1908)

E. M. Forster, 'The Story of a Panic' (short story). Available online:


About our lecturers

Alison Hennegan is Director of Studies in English and a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. After working for many years in gay activism, literary journalism, publishing and broadcasting, she returned to Cambridge to teach for numerous Cambridge colleges, specialising in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and in Tragedy. She has published on Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth von Arnim, First World War writings, Benjamin Britten, gay fiction, and many other topics.


Jeremy Thurlow is a composer, pianist, and Fellow in Music at Robinson College, Cambridge. He has produced books, articles and radio broadcasts on many nineteenth- and twentieth-century composers. He lectured on Woolf, Bloomsbury and music for the Literature Cambridge 2017 summer course, Reading Bloomsbury, illustrated by some wonderful playing on the piano.