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march, 2020

18mar6:00 pmThe Guernsey Oxford Lecture6:00 pm Event Type :Community Events,Speakers

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Storming Utopia – More, Montaigne and Shakespeare in the Age of Brexit

The Brexit process has been accompanied by thoughts of what the best future for Britain would look like. This is just a recent case of how thoughts about Utopia, and its darker twin Dystopia, impact our lives. In this lecture, Prof. Wes Williams will explore creative responses to ancient and modern tensions between identities, ideals and islands, focusing on the history and continued relevance of the idea of Utopia. Thomas More’s fantasy of an ideal island community, first published in 1516, has served as a blueprint for writers, philosophers, explorers, town planners and politicians from Venice to Venezuela. Professor Williams is professor of French literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow in Modern Languages at St Edmond Hall. He is currently the Knowledge Exchange Champion at The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (“TORCH”).

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