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The Go-Between

10 June 2022,10:30 am - 1 July 2022,12:30 pm


In this course we explore one of the great elegiac novels of the mid-twentieth century, The Go-Between. This is the story of thirteen year old, Leo Colston, an outsider ‘adopted’ by a wealthy family, spellbound by their glamorous lifestyle, yet also exposed to unsuspected worlds of pain, conflict and loss. We will explore the ways in which L P Hartley works within and beyond the English country-house novel tradition and his mapping of complex relationships of sex and class. We will also consider the extent to which the novel is a lament for a lost English Golden Age of power, influence and beauty, destroyed forever by war and social change. The Go-Between makes a fabulous companion to Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited and, arguably, gives it more than a run for its money.

This course runs on Fridays am (10.30-12.30) over 4 weeks, beginning 10th June; first (and possibly 3rd) class in-person, the two remaining over Zoom. £260.


10 June 2022,10:30 am
1 July 2022,12:30 pm
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