The Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies (LCVS), based at Leeds Trinity University, hosts an annual series of talks and conferences. This year’s public lecture on Monday 6 March takes on the intriguing topic of ‘Compost Happens’, showcasing how preoccupied Victorian literature was with decomposition, breakdown and decay.
We often think of the Victorians as grand, prosperous and perhaps self-satisfied, but this talk by Herbert Tucker, the LCVS Visiting Professor, will reveal a different side to the period.
He will illuminate the underlying anxieties in works by Charles Dickens, Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, Thomas Hardy and others, revealing how all these writers used the image of decomposition as a way of talking about individual breakdown. As he puts it, he’ll be ‘talking rot’!
Herbert Tucker is a Professor of English at the University of Virginia, who has published books about poets Robert Browning and Alfred Tennyson, and about nineteenth-century epics. The products of his research also include the website ‘For Better for Verse’ (prosody.lib.virginia.edu), ‘an interactive learning tool that can help you understand what makes metered poetry in English tick.’
The public talk takes place at Leeds Trinity University, on Brownberrie Lane in Horsforth (on the route of the 97 bus, and in walking distance of Horsforth station and the 50/50A bus route), on Monday 6 March. It starts with a welcome and free wine reception 5:30-6:30, with the talk starting at 6:30. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion afterwards, and the event finishes at 8:00. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your free place. All are welcome!