William Hogarth: Dr Gary Day

"William Hogarth is best known as a satirist. Most people have heard of The Rake’s Progress (1732-4) a series of paintings that chart the downfall of a rich young man who spends his fortune on drink, cards and women. But Hogarth was no mere moralist. He also sought to promote a specifically English type of painting, one that captured the lives of ordinary people. While his contemporaries were painting the landed gentry, Hogarth captured the lives of ordinary Londoners in all their grubby, glorious mundanity. What’s more, he produced one of the eighteenth century’s finest books on the nature of painting called The Analysis of Beauty (1753). This course will look at these various aspects of Hogarth and at how he influenced those who came after him. "

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort. He gave the centenary lecture on F.R. Leavis at Cambridge and for many years was on the committee of the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. He is the author of five books, including one on Leavis, and his latest, The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘an ambitious book, richly informative, consistently readable and conscientiously argued’. He has edited various collections of essays on topics ranging from Victorian literature and culture to D H Lawrence. Gary was also for many years a columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. His essay John Bunyan: Class and Englishness will be published in the The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan next year."