Henry Fuseli : Dr Gary Day

"‘It was a nightmare’. This is probably one of the most over-used expressions of our time; though given what’s happening these days, its frequent repetition is perhaps not unjustified. Henry Fuseli’s painting The Nightmare (1781) of a demon squatting on a prostrate maiden with a horse peering through drapes is one of the icons of the Romantic movement, that side of it which belongs to dark deeds, evil spirits and dubious sexuality. But this is only one aspect of Fuseli’s work. He also painted scenes from the classics and Shakespeare and was a remarkable draughtsman. This one day course will examine this fascinating and idiosyncratic artist, placing him in the context of his times, and showing how he influenced modern 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."