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Richard Hoggart Lecture: Gabriel Josipovici ‘Do Novels Have Rules?’
Wed, March 22, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM GMT
The novel, as its name implies, was, when it first emerged, a NEW form, that prided itself on being free of the constraints of verse narrative and literary genre, dealing with the ordinary lives of ordinary people. But is such freedom possible? Is not every utterance, from the shortest sentence to War and Peace, not subject to the rules of rhetoric? In this lecture I explore some of the aspirations and contradictions that have been with the novel from the start.
Gabriel Josipovici is a novelist, playwright and critic. From 1963 to 1998 he was a lecturer and then Professor of English in the School of European Studies at the University of Sussex. He has published 20 novels and volumes of short stories and his plays have been performed round the country and in the U.S. He has also written a number of critical books, including The World and the Book (1971) and The Book of God: A Response to the Bible (1988). He was on the jury of the first Goldsmiths Prize.