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1 In At The Deep End Alex Gunz (1994, PPE) on his novel, In At The Deep End Alex Gunz 02 Oct 2020
2 Exiles From Paris Brigitte Adès (1982) on her novel, Exiles From Paris Brigitte Ades 01 Oct 2020
3 The Cry of the Lake Charlie Tyler (1993) on her debut novel, The Cry of the Lake. Charlie Tyler 30 Sep 2020
4 Alan Garner A brief introduction to the British fantasy writer, Alan Garner. Felix Taylor 12 May 2020
5 Approaching Fantasy Literature A short introduction to reading and studying fantasy literature. Stuart Lee 12 May 2020
6 H. P. Lovecraft A brief introduction to the writer, H. P. Lovecraft. Stuart Lee 12 May 2020
7 Why should we read translated texts? This episode explores what we lose or gain when we read a translated book. Are we missing something by reading the English translation and not the original language version? And what can the translation process tell us about how languages work? Jane Hiddleston, Laura Lonsdale 16 Mar 2020
8 The 2019 Esmond Harmsworth Lecture in American Arts and Letters New Yorker fiction through the decades Deborah Treisman 12 Dec 2019
9 The 2019 Esmond Harmsworth Lecture in American Arts and Letters New Yorker fiction through the decades Deborah Treisman 27 Jun 2019
10 Procès, fiction, document: La reconstruction de la littérature en Europe après 1945 This paper explores the relationship between testimony and fiction in the context of transitional justice, by comparing three 1950 European literary works which use the form of interrogation, investigation, and trial. Philippe Roussin 03 Sep 2018
11 Literature and Transitional Justice After the Rwandan Genocide: Veronique Tadjo’s The Shadow of Imama This paper discusses the problems of literary memorialization and quest for truth in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide as addressed by Veronique Tadjo’s The Shadow of Imana. Brendon Nicholls 03 Sep 2018
12 Life-Writing and Female Celebrity, 4 Nov 2017 Panel 2: Female Celebrity Performance across Media and Genres Chaired by Sandra Mayer, with Mary Luckhurst, Oline Eaton and Hannah Yelin. Mary Luckhurst, Oline Eaton, Hannah Yelin 08 Jan 2018
13 Elleke Boehmer speaks to Kate McLoughlin Elleke Boehmer talks to Kate McLoughlin about her most recent novel, The Shouting in the Dark, the language of reconciliation in South Africa, and the creative potential for the work of both fiction and literary criticism. Elleke Boehmer, Kate McLoughlin 08 Dec 2017
14 Late Victorian into Modern Book at Lunchtime, Late Victorian into Modern Laura Marcus, Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Michael Bentley, Charlotte Jones 08 Dec 2017
15 Conflict and Community: Panel-led Workshop 2 Mobilising the wide-ranging expertise of the speakers, this workshop explored questions of narrative, community and the special commemorative needs that arise in the wake of civil war and terrorism. Rachel Seiffert, Lyndsey Stonebridge, Harvey Whitehouse, Helen Small 24 Nov 2017
16 Book at Lunchtime: Arcadia A Book at Lunchtime discussion of Iain Pears' interactive novel Arcadia Elleke Boehmer, Alex Butterworth, Emily Short, Iain Pears 07 Mar 2016
17 The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien's Legacy 60 years since the publication of the series' final volume, a distinguished panel explore Tolkien's literary legacy. Elleke Boehmer, Stuart Lee, Patrick Curry, Dimitra Fimi 16 Nov 2015
18 Fiction and Other Minds Peter Garratt (Durham): ‘Mind Bloat and The Lifted Veil’ Helen Small (English/Oxford): 'On the Verification of Mental Experience'. Chaired by Ben Morgan. Peter Garratt, Ben Morgan, Helen Small 09 Nov 2015
19 The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien's Legacy 60 years since the publication of the series' final volume, a distinguished panel explore Tolkien's literary legacy Elleke Boehmer, Stuart Lee, Patrick Curry, Dimitra Fimi 09 Nov 2015
20 Callaloo Literary Lecture and Reading by Fred d'Aguiar Fred reads fiction and poems about his childhood in Guyana, remembering his father, and slavery Fred d'Aguair 24 Jul 2015
21 Fiction of Development: Narrative, Representation and Authoritative Knowledge Charlotte De Val presents her Master's thesis entitled 'Fiction of Development: Narrative, Representation and Authoritative Knowledge.' Charlotte De Val 22 Jun 2015
22 Alison Light on 'Common People' The author discusses her new book, exploring the interplay between fiction and history, the redefinition of the common, and family history Alison Light 08 Dec 2014
23 Thinking with Stories: Listening in to Women’s Voices The fourth in our lecture series for Trinity Term 2014, given in the JCR at Mansfield College by Professor Marina Warner, CBE -- Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and writer of fiction, criticism and cultural history. Marina Warner 03 Sep 2014
24 Creative Commons Men at War: What Fiction Tells Us About War Professor Christopher Coker looks at the presentation of war in fiction, focussing in particular on the different character types commonly portrayed. Christopher Coker 28 Oct 2013
25 Writing Contemporary Fiction: From Inspiration to Publication James Benmore (Kellogg), Samantha Shannon (St Anne's) and Sam Thompson (St Anne's) talk about their work as writers. Chaired by Dr Clare Morgan (Kellogg), author and Director of the Master of Studies in Creative Writing. James Benmore, Samantha Shannon, Sam Thompson, Clare Morgan 07 Oct 2013
26 Love and Sex in Victorian Fiction Victorian fiction is commonly thought of as treating love sentimentally and lacking all reference to sex. In this talk drawing on material from a book he is writing, Dr David Grylls, Fellow of Kellogg College, will contest such a view. David Grylls 04 Oct 2013
27 Creative Commons Oriental Tales and Their Influence Prof. Warner and Prof. Ballaster begin their conversation with Antoine Galland's translation into French from Arabic of the 'Alf Layla wa-Layla' as the first two volumes of 'Les Mille et Une Nuit' in the first decade of eighteenth century. Ros Ballaster, Marina Warner 26 Mar 2013
28 Creative Commons "Bright Metal on a Sullen Ground": The idea of true character in English writing and portraiture Historian Stella Tillyard delivers the fourth Weinrebe Lecture in Life-Writing and Portraiture. The talk is introduced by College President Hermione Lee. Stella Tillyard 18 Feb 2013
29 Creative Commons Popular fiction in World War One An argument for a more nuanced assessment of the popular literature consumed by the wider public during the First World War. Jane Potter 10 Dec 2012
30 Creative Commons Julian Thompson on Wilkie Collins Dr. Julian Thompson considers how Wilkie Collins's fiction was pioneering across a variety of genres, including detective fiction and gothic thrillers. Julian Thompson 15 May 2012
31 Creative Commons "Oh, you liar, you storyteller": On Fibbing, Fact and Fabulation The first Weinrebe lecture in life-writing was given by Michèle Roberts, Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. The lecture is introduced by Professor Hermione Lee. Michèle Roberts 07 Mar 2012
32 Creative Commons Where may truth lie? Fiction in memory, memory in fiction The award-winning author and memoirist Candia McWilliam attests to the edifying power of fiction and biography in the third lecture in the Weinrebe series from the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing. Candia McWilliam 20 Feb 2012
33 All About His Mother: Reading Proust's Letters The inaugural lecture of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing was delivered by Micahel Wood, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. He was introduced by Hermione Lee, President of Wolfson College and Director of the Centre. Michael Wood 16 Nov 2011
34 Oxford and the Crime Novel Best-selling crime fiction writer of Wire in the Blood Val McDermind talks about what makes Oxford city so alluring to crime fiction writers. Part of the 2009 Oxford Alumni Weekend. Val McDermind 12 Nov 2009
35 BODcast: P.D. James in conversation with Colin Dexter (short) Special footage celebrating the launch of Talking about Detective Fiction by PD James, the latest Bodleian Library publication. PD James is donating all royalties from the hardback edition to the Bodleian and hopes it will encourage further philanthropy. P. D. James, Colin Dexter 30 Sep 2009
36 BODcast: P.D. James in conversation with Colin Dexter (short) Special footage celebrating the launch of Talking about Detective Fiction by PD James, the latest Bodleian Library publication. PD James is donating all royalties from the hardback edition to the Bodleian and hopes it will encourage further philanthropy. P. D. James, Colin Dexter 30 Sep 2009
37 BODcast: P.D. James in conversation with Colin Dexter (long) Special footage celebrating the launch of Talking about Detective Fiction by PD James, the latest Bodleian Library publication. PD James is donating all royalties from the hardback edition to the Bodleian and hopes it will encourage further philanthropy. P. D. James, Colin Dexter 30 Sep 2009
38 BODcast: P.D. James in conversation with Colin Dexter (long) Special footage celebrating the launch of Talking about Detective Fiction by PD James, the latest Bodleian Library publication. PD James is donating all royalties from the hardback edition to the Bodleian and hopes it will encourage further philanthropy. P. D. James, Colin Dexter 30 Sep 2009