The Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture, with Professor William Marx, “How to Become a Comparatist”, will be held at 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm, 11 November 2022, at the Great Hall, King’s Building, Kings’ College, Strand, London. Directions to the venue are given in the link. This event is open and free to all – no need to register. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception, with a choice of wines and nibbles, again free for all to attend.
The event is in-person and also live-streamed on Microsoft Teams, and so may be viewed remotely by those unable to attend. To join, please go to this link. The meeting ID: 368 139 892 425 and the passcode is: tiuXkQ
Our invited speaker for this year’s lecture is Professor William Marx, who has held the position of Chair of Comparative Literatures at the Collège de France, Paris. since 2019; he is also an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Berlin, Germany. Professor Marx is the recipient of many awards, including the Montyon Prize of the Académie Française. His books include The Hatred of Literature (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018) which examines the evolving idea of literature as seen through the eyes of its adversaries: philosophers, theologians, scientists and pedagogues. Professor Marx’ latest work, The Tomb of Oedipus: Why Greek Tragedies Were Not Tragic, is published by Verso.
The British Comparative Literature Association has organised the biennial Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture Series since 2008 in memory of Malcolm Bowie (1943–2007), who served as President of the BCLA from 1998 to 2004. Malcolm Bowie was Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature at the University of Oxford from 1992 to 2002 and Master of Christ’s College at the University of Cambridge from 2002 to 2007.
For more information concerning Professor Bowie’s life and work, and a list of previous scholars who have delivered the biennial Malcom Bowie lecture, please consult this link.