Tom Paine – 200th Anniversary

28 March 2009 – Gregory Claeys and John Keane speak on Paine’s legacy 200 years after his death – A special meeting to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Thomas Paine, revolutionary democrat and author of The Rights of Man, The Age of Reason and Common Sense.

Ron Hagell – Rose-Marie: A Hollywood Operetta

25 March 2009 – (HARC) – In 1936 the screen sweethearts Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy performed ‘The Indian Love Call’ in this example of Hollywood’s saccharine representation of ‘the other’ as dangerous and untrustworthy. Living outside government authority and the mainstream Anglo-Canadian population, characterized by darker skin and thick accents, the indigenous Metis are perfect targets for the treatment that ostracized other Native Americans, the Vietnamese and the Iraqis.

Alain de Botton: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

21 March 2009 – (HARC) – We spend much of our lives at work, but surprisingly little gets written about what makes work both one of the most exciting and most painful of all our activities. Alain de Botton comes to the Runnymede Literary Festival to present his new, ninth book, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work.

Ewan Fernie and Simon Palfrey – Dunsinane

21 March 2009 – (HARC) – Ewan Fernie and Simon Palfrey are two of the world’s leading young Shakespeare scholars – with six books and a series of brand-new original ‘minigraphs’ (Shakespeare Now!) behind them. Now they have broken with conventional literary criticism and created Dunsinane – a sequel to the Scottish play that sees the porter’s three sons each relive the temptation and terror of Macbeth.

Patrick Pollard – Classical Improprieties in Modern France: Before and After Freud: Le Roi Candaule and Oedipe by Andre Gide

18 March 2009 – (HARC) – Patrick Pollard, BA, PhD (Lond), is Emeritus Professor of French at Birkbeck College, University of London. His research interests lie in the history of ideas (with an emphasis on 19-20th c. France), the history of literature (with publications on Gide, Stendhal, Zola, and the reception of Wilde and Robert Browning in France) and the history of sexuality (homosexuality; has published on Gide, Magnus Hirschfeld, and researches on gay novels published in France in the 3rd Republic (i.e. 1871-1914) and Jean Genet). He also conducts research on the classical tradition in France (i.e. the history of translation from Greek and Latin authors into French; the modern reuse of ancient myths; gender and sexuality in the ancient world and its relationship to modern discourse in this area).

Sue Vice – False Testimony

17 March 2009 – Royal Holloway Holocaust Research Centre Annual Lecture – In this talk, Professor Sue Vice will explore the phenomenon of false Holocaust testimony

Daniela Berghahn – Citizens of Two Worlds: Hybrid Identity Formation in Diasporic Coming-of-Age Films

17 March 2009 – (HARC) – Coming-of-age films, a loosely defined sub-genre of the youth film, centre on the transition from childhood to adolescence or from adolescence to adulthood. This transition usually occurs as a result of a formative experience (first love, separation, death) or a rite-of-passage (test of courage, graduation) and normally results in a fundamental choice the protagonist has to make. In this paper Dr Daniela Berghahn argues that coming-of-age narratives occupy a central position in the work of diasporic filmmakers…

Contemporary Women’s Writing in French

7 March 2009 – New Perspectives – A Celebration of Professor Elizabeth Fallaize – The Contemporary Women’s Writing in French seminar group is celebrating Professor Elizabeth Fallaize’s retirement and her important contribution to the field.