John Constable: Dr Gary Day

"You don’t normally put John Constable in the same sentence as Lucien Freud but the latter was a great admirer of the painter of The Hay Wain. ‘In Constable’, Freud wrote, ‘there is no false feeling.’ He added, rather intriguingly, ‘I may be quite wrong, but I can't see Van Gogh's 'Boots' without Constable behind them.’ Often seen as Turner’s inferior, Constable has depth as well as charm. And, if Freud is right, he may be just as important a precursor of modernist as his rival Turner. This one-day course will offer an introduction to some of Constable’s famous and not so famous paintings, placing him firmly in his time but also showing that he is still relevant today. "

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."