The Green Man: Dr Gary Day

The Green Man is not just the name of a pub. It is a powerful symbol of our relationship to nature. Although the Green Man can be found in church architecture his ancestry goes back much further. This course will sketch his history and discuss his significance. Among other things we will look at the representation of the Green Man in art and mythology and we will also think about his relevance to today’s environmental movement.

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."