Open Lectures: Dream Cities by David Wingrove
Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Our Open Lectures series celebrates the research, projects, collaborations, events and professional practices of our teaching staff at the Centre for Open Learning. Our courses are designed and taught by an extraordinary range of talented and dedicated academics, practitioners and professionals. Many enjoy long and distinguished careers whilst others are in the early stages, perhaps in the midst of their postdoctoral study or working on their first book or exhibition.
Our new series will, for the first time, bring our learning community together to listen and engage with our tutors, as they reveal the story behind their own practices and research, perhaps through a funded project, a commission or continuing professional development.
Our fifth and final lecture will explore the multiplicity of cross-currents between Lawrence Durrell’s The Alexandria Quartet and Paul Morand’s Hecate and Her Dogs (Hécate et ses chiens), including the notion of exoticism and the eroticisation of ‘the Orient’ by the Western eye, the limitations of the unreliable first-person narrator and the problems of memory, the cliché of the ‘fatal woman’ and its problematic role in contemporary cultural discourse and the concept of erotic taboo and its literary representation.
David Melville Wingrove is a tutor in Literature and Film Studies for the University of Edinburgh Short Courses. His courses include Dark Fairy Tales, Victorian Gothic, Vampire Fiction and Durrell and The Alexandria Quartet. He wrote his thesis at Harvard University on Durrell and the Myth of the City and has lectured on Durrell and Cavafy for the Royal Scottish Hellenic Society. He has also published widely as a film journalist and has recently authored book chapters on the films of Robert Altman (Images and That Cold Day in the Park) and the fantasy fiction of George MacDonald (Lilith and The Romantic Vampire Tradition).
Ticket and Event Information
The event is free and open to the public. To secure your place, tickets have to be booked in advance via this page. The lecture will take place in a lecture theatre which is accessible to wheelchair users and equipped with an induction loop system.