Professor Francis O’Gorman (University of Leeds) will be presenting a public lecture on the subject of his recent book, Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History. His talk will take place on Tuesday, 17 May 2016, from 6:00 pm, in Room MK045, City Campus, University of Wolverhampton. This event is free and open to the public.
Why do we worry? Where did it come from? Why is the word itself only known to us in its current meaning from the middle of the nineteenth century? This lecture will discuss the short history of worrying as a product of the busy, individual-centred world that modern capitalism has created. And it will also discuss the long history that sees worry as a result simply of being human and of having the ability to choose. Ranging across disciplines and historical periods, the lecture will affirm worrying as the peculiarly moth-eaten sign of being a modern human being.
About the Speaker:
Francis O’Gorman is Professor of Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds. His principal research and writing interests are in English literature including John Ruskin and Algernon Charles Swinburne; Edward Thomas and Samuel Taylor Coleridge; nineteenth and twentieth-century poetry; conceptions of literary ‘life’; Venice; textual editing; biography; manuscripts; the visual arts; poetry of all periods. He also has a career as a writer of creative non-fiction.