Caspar David Friedrich: Dr Gary Day

"Arresting. There is really no other word to describe this artist. His work has an intensity and luminous clarity that it is almost hypnotic. Friedrich’s interest was in our emotional response to the sight of savage skies, dizzying mountains and forbidding forests. His Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog (1818), is an icon of Romanticism. There is a pronounced Gothic element in Friedrich’s work, and it is hard not to look at painting like Monastery Graveyard in the Snow (1819) and not feel a shudder. His Two Men Contemplating the Moon (1819) inspired Beckett to write Waiting for Godot. This course will put Friedrich into context of German Romanticism, but it will mostly be a celebration of his stunning art. "

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."