Francis Bacon: Dr Gary Day

"Just about everyone who has heard of modern art has heard of Bacon’s ‘Screaming Pope’. Based on Velasquez's Pope Innocent X portrait, the painting is disturbing to say the least. It is a good example of how modern art has abandoned the traditional functions of painting, education, truth to nature, contemplation of beauty and so on, in order to shock and alarm its audience. Using Bacon as our example we will explore the reasons for this change as well as looking at how the artist’s personal life affected his art. "

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."