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Oct 5
10:00 - 13:00
"Only Connect": The Novels of E M Forster
Short courses at Medway

Study Morning: 5 October 2019 

Saturday: 10:00 – 13:00

Location: Medway Campus

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This 3 hour lecture looks at the works of Tonbridge-educated author E.M.Forster through the leitmotif of "connecting", exploring the theme in emotional, temporal, spatial and spiritual terms. Texts studied will include A Passage to India, Maurice and Howard's End.

"Only connect!" is Margaret Schlegel's mantra in Howard's End: "Live in fragments no longer." This course explores the different means of connecting in the novels: spiritually in A Passage to India; emotionally in Maurice; with the past and with Nature in Howard's End, and spatially in the sense of removing physical distance and crossing boundaries. Forster's novels explore complex issues surrounding the difficulties of reconciling class, gender and cultural differences, presenting a social critique which is both sensitive and revealing. This lecture will include a combination of contextual, theoretical and critical approaches. 

Students are encouraged to read the three main texts beforehand, but this is not essential as we will be working largely through short extracts from the novels and from the celebrated film adaptations. Handouts of additional material will be provided on the day.

Additional information

This study morning is suitable for those with no prior knowledge of the subject.

About the tutor

Sarah Anthony studied for her Masters degree with the Open University,   specialising in postcolonial nineteenth century literature. For the last 12 years she has taught undergraduate students and adult learners in courses ranging from Shakespeare to the postmodern. She currently teaches for the University of Kent and the WEA.


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