'Suffering and Sentiment in Romantic Military Art'

Series Name Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society
Speaker Professor Philip Shaw
Type Lectures & Talks
Starts at Oct 21, 2013 07:30 PM
Ends at Oct 21, 2013 08:30 PM
Venue Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University
Open To Public

On Monday 21st October, Professor Philip Shaw, whose main research at the University of Leicester is in the representations of war in British culture in 18th and 19th Centuries, will focus on Charles Bell’s sketches of wounded soldiers in the wake of the Battle of Waterloo.

In this, the second lecture in the Leicester Lit and Phil’s season, Professor Shaw will consider a selection of Bell’s sketches in tandem with case notes, letters and other materials and consider how the battlefield surgeon, operating under conditions of extreme duress, sought to negotiate the dramatic tension between science and sentiment. In addition he will also examine how the production of art enabled Bell to give expression to unresolved feelings about the nature of war and its effects on the minds and bodies of soldiers and civilians.

Through the lens of contemporary documents, he will focus on the understanding of pain in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and also in connection with recent theories of affect.

The fortnightly lectures, between October and March, will be held by the kind permission of the Vice Chancellor of De Montfort University at the Hugh Aston Building at 7.30pm. Membership costs £12.50 for the season (£5 for students). Non members £3 a lecture. Membership enquiries: telephone 01455 209291


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