These talks are organised by the Lit & Phil (you don't need to be a member in order to attend any of their public events), and tickets cost £4 per talk, from the Lit & Phil Library, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE, in person or over the phone (0191) 232 0192. It is advisable to book seats in advance; if you reserve a ticket and are subsequently unable to attend, please let us know as we often have a waiting list.
In the New Year, Gail-Nina resumes her series of triads of art lectures on linked topics: this time a series of three talks celebrating the work of a single artist, Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones (a major exhibition of whose art is running at Tate Britain, October 2018 - February 24th 2019). These lectures can be enjoyed separately - you don't have to book for all three.
Plus: an early warning that on Wednesday 27th February at 6.00 pm, Gail-Nina's lecture will be on the topic Folk Horror.
Dr Gail-Nina Anderson, historian of visual culture, will be speaking on Thursday 13 December 2018, 5.30 - 6.45 pm, on Santa, sprouts and angels: the popular imagery of Christmas in the Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University. Admission is free, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
In a society that generates ephemeral imagery for every occasion, Christmas offers the richest opportunity to track its creation and development in relationship to the beliefs and practices of the season. Since the advent of Christmas cards, the central motif of the Nativity has been visibly challenged by personal, commercial, comical, media-generated and pagan imagery. This lecture offers a survey of the shifting visual folklore of our seasonal greetings.