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Inaugural lecture by Professor Adam Watt

Ex Cathedra: Modernism’s Chairs

A Department of Modern Languages lecture
Date22 March 2018
Time17:30 to 18:30
PlaceQueens Building LT1

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in Queen's Café, from 18:30 to 20:00

Chairs are banal, ordinary, everyday. This lecture sets out from the academic notion of the ‘personal chair’ and pauses for thought on some of modernism’s chairs. It ranges from Poe’s ‘Philosophy of Furniture’ to rocking chairs and wheel chairs in Beckett, by way of Proust’s fauteuil magique and a range of chairs in Woolf, Sartre and Ionesco among others. The lecture proposes that a consideration of the roles of these chairs might offer some alternative insights into the changing sensibilities and preoccupations of writers across the twentieth century.

ProviderDepartment of Modern Languages
Intended audienceStaff, Students and members of the public - all are welcome.
Registration informationTo book a place please contact humanities-executive-support@exeter.ac.uk or 01392 725072.
Poster_Adam_Watt_Inaugural_Lecture_22_March_2018.pdfProfessor Adam Watt's inuagural lecture - poster (404K)

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