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Hesse Lecture: Sarah Churchwell

Tuesday 19 Jun 2018 11am

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The meanings of Americanism

Sarah Churchwell, author, literary prize judge, journalist and one of the UK’s most prominent academics is Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities, and Director of the Being Human festival at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. She is a distinguished writer, particularly on American literature, culture, and life and makes regular TV appearances on BBC current affairs programmes.

In this lecture, she examines the current state of American culture and compares it to the wartime period when Britten lived there, drawing on films, literature, and political journalism to discuss the meanings of ‘Americanism’.