Oliver Smithies Lectures Michaelmas Term 2016

Friday 14 October

Jenny DavidsonProfessor Jenny Davidson, Oliver Smithies Lecturer and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in the City of New York, will give the following Oliver Smithies Lectures:

‘Writing Habits’
Monday 28 November at 5.15pm in the Old Common Room, Balliol College

How do we use writing to create a self-autobiographical writing, confessional writing, writing for self-improvement and self-criticism? This lecture tells the story of writing as a tool for self-management in the modern era, from 18th-century writers like James Boswell and Benjamin Franklin to contemporary memoirists including Sarah Manguso, touching down on a wide range of other striving selves along the way.

‘Self-Annotation’
Thursday 1 December at 5.15pm in the Old Common Room, Balliol College

The authorial footnote as a creative medium for various 18th-century British writers: divided and multiple voices, authorial control, tools of intimacy and distancing. Some general thoughts from the Scriblerians to Richardson, followed by a closer examination of self-annotation in the footnotes of Thomas Gray and Edward Gibbon.

To be followed by a drinks reception.

The Oliver Smithies Lectures are funded by a generous benefaction from Professor Oliver Smithies, which enables Balliol to bring distinguished visitors to the University of Oxford.