Women Life Writing:Collette and Elizabeth Smart: Dr Stephen Rogers

"In this course we will look at the lives and fiction of two of the twentieth century’s most original female writers, Colette (1873-1954) and Elizabeth Smart (1913-1986). Colette’s colourful life has recently been the subject of a film, starring Keira Knightly (2018). We shall study her early novel The Vagabond (1910). Elizabeth Smart’s By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept (1945), a very moving account of her love affair with the English poet George Barker (1913-1991), has long been admired as a classic of lyrical prose, Angela Carter hailing it as a masterpiece. "

Tutor: Dr Stephen Rogers

"Dr Stephen Rogers is a researcher and lecturer. He has held posts at the universities of Nottingham and Sussex, and was part of the team responsible for the Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines (2009-13). He has presented papers in Italy, France and the United States. His publications include writings on Ford Madox Ford, the history of the Poetry Bookshop (1912-35) and twentieth century literary periodicals, as well as selections from the poems of Harold Monro and William Collins. He is also a member of the REC Board of Directors. "