EM Forster’s novella, The Machine Stops, was published in 1909, and written even earlier. Yet it includes some of the most arresting images of a society in complete isolation and lockdown. It would be foolish to say that Forster prophesied the effects of the global pandemic we are currently living through, but what can we learn from what he suggests about human interaction, togetherness, and a society that deals only in imitation? Dr. Richard Leahy, lecturer in English Literature at the University of Chester, explores these ideas and more to discover what we can learn by looking at the anxieties of Forster’s time of writing, and the value of comparing them to our own fears now.
Lunchtime Lectures is a collaboration between Storyhouse and the University of Chester, providing an open platform for debate on a range of topics and fascinating subjects.
They take place on the third Tuesday of each month.
This lecture will be taking place on Zoom, click here for the link.