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Edward Thomas, Robert MacFarlane and the British Countryside in Literature: Dr Stephen Rogers"

"Edward Thomas, one of our best-loved poets, was also a writer who wrote extensively about the British countryside in prose. In this course we will look at the tradition of literature in English that has made its subject rural life, nature and the beauties and hardships of the countryside - a tradition that includes the writings of Gilbert White, William Cobbett, Richard Jefferies, W.H. Hudson, and Robert MacFarlane. We will examine how Thomas distilled his responses to the countryside in his poems. Set texts: Edward Thomas, Selected Poems and Prose (Penguin, 2013) – but any of the editions published by Faber, Bloodaxe, or Penguin will do; Robert MacFarlane, The Old Ways (2012)."

Tutor: Dr Stephen Rogers

"Dr Stephen Rogers is a writer, researcher and lecturer. He has held posts at the universities of Nottingham and Sussex, and was part of the team responsible for the Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines (2009-13). He has presented papers in Italy, France and the United States; and, most recently, at the Rothermere American Institute in Oxford. His publications include a number of essays on Ford Madox Ford and modernist magazines, as well as selections from the poems of Harold Monro and William Collins for the Greville Press. He is also a member of the REC Board of Directors’. "