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Canterbury Christ Church University Open Lectures

Come along and join the MA students at our Open Lectures series. Attendance at the Open Lectures will cost £5 per lecture (payable on the door, or by booking online in advance – free for CCCU staff and students ).

The Open Lectures take place at our Canterbury Campus on Saturdays from 6.15pm – 7.45pm. You can book your place online.
For information you can call us on 01227 782919

Lectures takes place in Newton (Ng07)

Directions to our Canterbury Campus

Saturday 21 January 2017

Visions of the Imaginal: Imps, Goblins, Fairies and Machine Elves
William Rowlandson

‘All was this land fulfild of fayerye./The elf-queene, with hir joly compaignye.’ Chaucer’s Wife of Bath wished to make England great again. Her age lacked fairies. ‘Who are the Little People?’ asked Robert Louis Stevenson, ‘they are near connections of the dreamer’s, beyond doubt.’ Borges wrote that elves ‘are tiny and sinister. They steal cattle and children and also take pleasure in minor acts of deviltry.’ Terence McKenna rapped bemushroomed with ‘self-transforming machine elves. Sort of jewelled basketballs all dribbling their way toward me.’

Elves and other wee folk have been with us for generations, and will likely remain with us. Are they still cattle-snatchers? Why elves? Why now? Drawing in part on Jung’s engagement with daimonic beings and in part on James Hillman’s visions of the ‘imaginal’, William will investigate the cultural resonance of elven experiences, reflecting not so much on the ontological status (where and what and of what are the elves?) but on their meaning as aspects of a greater social and cultural ecology.

William Rowlandson is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent. He is the author of Reading Lezama’s ‘Paradiso’ (Peter Lang, 2007), Imaginal Landscapes (Swedenborg Society, 2015), Borges, Swedenborg and Mysticism (Peter Lang, 2013), and co-editor with Angela Voss of Daimonic Imagination: Uncanny Intelligence (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013). He has published widely on Latin American cultural and political history. He plays drums as often as he can.