The anatomy of moments
Court Room, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Professor Finn Fordham
Department of English
How do we think about moments? Moments are fuzzy-edged measures of time, containing a public or private event, charged with intense significance, whereby the future – expected or unexpected - bursts open the door of the present, bringing with it revelation or mystery, surprise or transformation, questions or answers. What part does literature – and culture more broadly - play in the development of such intensity; how does it construct the roles that ‘moments’ play in the way we write, live and think?
In this lecture, Professor Fordham will reflect on the problems and pleasures of moments in order to offer an anatomy of moments. In particular he will allude to his current project of creating a mosaic of cultural life as it unfolded at a particular moment: when Britain and France declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939.
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