2014: London Lecture (New Date)← Back
Date & time
On December 4, 2014 at 19:30
Birkbeck College, London WC1 See the map
The Thomas Hardy London Lecture:
"The Evil Eye?" Looking and overlooking in The Return of the Native'
Phillip Mallet & Jacqueline Dillion
University of St Andrews
Location: The Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1
Please note: this event has changed date.
The starting point of the lecture will be Christian Cantle’s remark at the scene of Mrs Yeobright’s death, when he gazes at the snake: ‘Look at his eye – for all the world like a villainous sort of blackcurrant. ‘Tis to be hoped he can’t ill-wish us. There’s folk in heath who’ve been overlooked already.’
One part of the lecture will concern ‘ill-wishing’, or ‘overlooking’. But there is also another kind of watching in The Return of the Native, often hostile in its outcomes if not its intentions, and typified on Diggory Venn’s spying, or more broadly by the ‘watchful intentness’ of the heath itself.
The lecture will explore the links between these different kinds of watchfulness (and perhaps, too, the different kinds of blindness).