Stapleford Granary

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Saturday 25 April | 14:00 - 17:30 | £50 | £45 Students

***Due to the curent situation regarding the cornavirus, this course has been cancelled***


D.H. Lawrence: Nature vs Nation

In partnership with Literature Cambridge


Join us for a Study Day on some of D. H. Lawrence’s most intense and brilliant writing. 

Lawrence hated nationalism, but he loved places, countries, and landscape. He had a great love and respect for nature.  

We will focus on his poetry and novellas written in the years immediately following First World War. In this period, his novellas explore the damage of nationalism and war, while his poetry celebrates the profound joys he found in nature.  

No prior knowledge of Lawrence is required, but please read the set texts in advance.  


Hugh Stevens, Lawrence’s Poetry 

The poetry collection Birds, Beasts and Flowers (1923), expresses Lawrence’s remarkable joie de vivre in the years after the First World War. 

We will study a selection of poems, including: ‘Pomegranate’, ‘Fig’, ‘Medlars and Sorb-Apples’, ‘Bare Almond Trees’, the sequence of poems about a family of tortoises, and his great masterpiece ‘Snake’. 

Hugh Stevens is Senior Lecturer at University College London.


Trudi Tate, Lawrence’s novellas 

Lawrence’s shorter fiction includes some of his very best work. We will explore three remarkable novellas: The Fox, The Ladybird, and The Captain’s Doll, written shortly after the First World War and published together in 1923. 

Trudi Tate is Fellow and Assistant Senior Tutor of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and Director of Literature Cambridge.


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