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Graham Greene: Dr Gary Day

"These days, Graham Greene is rather out of fashion which is a pity; because not only is he an entertaining storyteller but his novels deal with problems that are still current. William Golding described him as ‘the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man's consciousness and anxiety’. His starting point was always the isolation of the individual and he saw the novelist’s task as being ‘devil’s advocate, eliciting sympathy and a measure of understanding for those who lie outside the boundaries of state approval.’ Although he dismissed the idea that he was a Catholic novelist, his faith means that there is always a profound and mysterious spiritual dimension to his writing. Not the least of Greene’s virtues is his clarity. We will be reading three fairly short novels: The Heart of the Matter; The End of the Affair, and Monsignor Quixote. "

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."