Poetry, Thomas Hardy and the Inaugural

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Wednesday 20 March, 6.30pm, TC014, University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH. 5.30pm, Elwes Reception. 

Putting the inaugural lecture itself and Thomas Hardy in the spotlight, Professor John Hughes takes to the floor with his inaugural lecture at the University of Gloucestershire on Wednesday 20 March.

Professor Hughes has worked at the University for more than 20 years. His research has centred on Romantic and 19th century English literature, and he has written numerous publications including a forthcoming book on the 1960’s career of Bob Dylan. Having graduated from Cardiff University he wrote a D Phil on the stylistic features of Thomas Hardy’s fiction at Jesus College, Oxford, and also completed his PGCE, Oxford.

In the second in the series of inaugural lectures at the University, Professor Hughes will reflect on the idea of the inaugural lecture, while the second part will explore related ideas further through close discussion of poetry by Thomas Hardy.

Professor Hughes said: “The lecture will explore the idea of the inaugural as to do with transitions, turning points, transformations, and new beginnings. It will set out to link this discussion to an account of the effects of poetic language in general, and to some examples drawn from the poetry of Thomas Hardy, in particular.”

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About the University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire gained official university status in 2001 but has existed as an educational establishment for nearly 200 years. Our heritage lies in the Mechanics Institutes of the 1830s, with our Francis Close Hall campus founded in 1847 as the Cheltenham Training College.
Today, we have three thriving campuses, Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham, and Oxstalls in Gloucester, which are home to approximately 10,000 students. In 2010, the University invested £5 million in teaching facilities including a new, state-of-the-art media and art and design studios.

The University of Gloucestershire delivers approximately 100 undergraduate course choices including accounting, law, business and management, fine art, TV production, humanities, sport sciences, natural and social sciences, leisure and tourism, social work and education plus a diverse range of postgraduate and research degrees, and professional courses.

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Source: University of Gloucestershire

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