Professorial Inaugural Lecture: Professor Ann Davies

29 Apr ‘14
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5.30PM - 6.30PM

Venue: Pathfoot lecture theatre

The Division of Literature and Languages invites you to attend the Professorial Inaugural Lecture of Professor Ann Davies.  This is an open lecture and all staff and students are welcome to attend. 

The title of the lecture is ‘Heritage Gothic: film and the life and art of Francisco de Goya’

Abstract:  This paper considers recent biopics of the Spanish artist Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) as an example of the contemporary Spanish Gothic and the extent to which it coincides with Jerrold Hogle’s notion of neo-Gothic as the ghost of an already spectral past. The figure of Goya comes to encompass the concept of the biopic artist hypothesised by Griselda Pollock as both tragically feminised and exemplary of unfettered masculine sexuality. Although the Gothic biopic chimes with Hogle’s concepts of the Gothic as counterfeit and with the sense of heritage film as pastiche, Goya himself comes to stand as the witness of a counterfeited past, and thus the ghost of the real, even as biography and contextual history are themselves rendered as ultimately beyond our reach.

There will be a drinks reception in the Crush Hall, Pathfoot building after the lecture. 

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