Vincent van Gough: Dr Gary Day

"What is there left to say about Van Gogh? A genius who transformed modern art and gave us vibrant, thrilling, unforgettable images. And that’s the trouble. Van Gogh has become so institutionalised that we have ceased to look at him. We love the myth but we don’t know the man. This one-day course will attempt to get to know the man a little better by examining his letters which not only tell us about his life but also about his art. In addition, we will be scrutinising some of his famous and not so famous paintings to see what it is that makes him a great artist, and what it is about his work that we feel speaks to our culture more than other modern artists. "

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."