Inaugural lecture by Julian Wolfreys, Professor of English Literature, University of Portsmouth
It is commonplace to think of modernism and modernity as cosmopolitan and global forces and phenomena. However, much modernist art--film, literature, painting--focuses on local communities, placing an emphasis on regional identity. While Victorian art and literature had tended to emphasise general and universal views of humanity, modern aesthetics stressed a world knowable and definable by smaller boundaries. At the same time, much modernist art defined modernity by presenting individuals taking journeys, and in the process of moving away from home, seeking to define for themselves what the feeling for home was. In some cases this is nostalgia, in others, a sense of belonging, of a 'homeland'. Julian will, in this talk, be looking at the poetics, the rhetoric, and the politics of modern identity in relation to region and a sense of home.
A drinks reception will follow the lecture.
Parking is available in the Milldam car park, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS (a 5 minute walk from Park Building)