Professor Adam Watt Inaugural Lecture

 Ex Cathedra: Modernism's Chairs

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free - please book in advance

Queen's Building - Queen's Building, Queen's Drive

22nd March 2018 from 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Lecture Theatre 1 (LT1)
Queen's Building
University of Exeter
Queen's Drive

Chairs are banal, ordinary, everyday. In this lecture, Professor Adam Watt, Department of Modern Languages at the University of Exeter will start from the academic notion of the ‘personal chair’ and pause for thought on some of modernism’s chairs. The lecture will range from Poe’s ‘Philosophy of Furniture’ to rocking chairs and wheelchairs in Beckett, by way of Proust’s fauteuil magique and a range of chairs in Woolf, Sartre and Ionesco among others.

Professor Watt will propose that a consideration of the roles of these chairs might offer some alternative insights into the changing sensibilities and preoccupations of writers across the twentieth century.

The lecture will start at 5.30pm and be followed by a drinks reception in the Queen's café from 6.30pm - 8pm.


This free lecture is open to all but advance booking is essential.  To book your place, please contact or 01392 725072.