The Novels of Julian Barnes: Dr Gary Day

"Probably the most elegant of our contemporary novelists, Barnes has none of the macabre or disturbing elements of Ian McEwan but he is unsettling in his own way. What makes him, for me, a fascinating writer is the way he plays with the novel’s form. We will look at how he develops a style of writing that combines the novel, the essay and scholarly treatise without once losing his immense readability. His great gift is to make the reader feel hugely intelligent. We will be reading Flaubert’s Parrot, The Sense of an Ending and Nothing to be Frightened Of "

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."