Pericles: Dr Gary Day

"There is a big question about how much of Pericles Shakespeare wrote. But whatever his contribution, he is credited with being the chief author of the play. And it is a strange one, involving as it does incest, kidnap, starvation, shipwrecks, death and children lost and found. Some commentators do not like the play because of its episodic nature and certain lewd scenes in Act 4 which they consider to be ‘un-Shakespearian.’ Others, like T. S. Eliot and Harold Bloom, have found a profound beauty in the play and some have considered it to be Shakespeare’s most moving drama. This course will discuss the authorship of the play, its relation to Greek tragedy, its themes, and its singular artistry. "

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."