Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

School of English Research Seminar

Claire Jarvis (Stanford), Barbara Pym: A More Subtle Form

This talk focuses on Barbara Pym, whose novels periodically use poetic quotations, either to set the tone for a chapter, or to develop a character’s train of thought. By uncovering the dense patterns of citation and allusion in Pym’s novels, I find an intense investment in the power of literary language to order a life. This work is drawn from a new project that traces the ways that twinned expansions of university education, into the formal study of English and of the full inclusion of woman students into the university, profoundly shaped the form of the English novel. Claire Jarvis is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University. Her first book, Exquisite Masochism: Marriage, Sex, and the Novel Form was published in 2016. Her current project, A Little Britain: Women, Genre, and Form, discusses Victorian aesthetic reverberations in women’s fiction from the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 3-4 pm
Location: O'Rahilly Building 2.12
Target Audience: All Welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Clíona Ó Gallchoir
021 4903288

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