Renee Magritte: Surrealist Philosopher: Dr Gary Day

"Magritte’s paintings have puzzled, fascinated and delighted art lovers the world over. Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but few would dispute that the besuited Belgian was a master of truth as illusion or is it illusion as truth? His art is instantly accessible and yet infinitely elusive. Magritte himself claimed that everything was unknowable and that’s what he tried to convey in his paintings. This five week course will try to throw some light on the ‘unknowable’. In the meantime, how about pondering on this from the man who excelled in showing us the extraordinary nature of the ordinary and vice versa? ‘Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.'"

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Dr 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"