The word ‘essay’ derives from the French infinitive essayer, meaning to “try” or “attempt.” But what is it that essays try to do? How can the study of English help us to understand the essay as a specific and intriguing literary form? And how might an awareness of the essay as a form help you in your A-Level study?
This taster lecture from Dr Declan Kavanagh will help you think about all these questions and more. Dr Kavanagh is a Senior Lecturer at the School of English, University of Kent, who is a leading specialist in the literary history of sexuality, Eighteenth-century British literature and culture, masculinity, disability studies, Irish literature, and representations of Western queer cultures. His lecture will explore samples of essays from the 18th-century to the present, and feature extracts from The Spectator, The Tatler, and Zadie Smith's more recent 'Meet Justin Bieber!'. Whatever essay-based subject you are studying at A-Level, this session will be valuable for you. Use this link to join the live event on Saturday 12 December, 13.00-14.00.