Great Hatreds in Literature

112 TUTOR: Francis Lloyd

What motivates Iago in Shakespeare's "Othello”? Why did the Capulets hate the Montagues? From Heathcliff to Miss Havisham, Scrooge to Jack in "Lord of the Flies” it is clear that hatred makes for great literature. This course will review some of the bewildering causes and effects of consuming resentments, feuds and revenges in famous plays, novels and poems. So come and find out whether you agree with Lord Byron that "hatred is by far the longest pleasure - Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure”.

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Course Notes

Welcome to a course on extracts from the literature of hatred - and I hope that you will find it both interesting and fun. In roughly chronological order we'll look at The Bible, a Jacobean tragedy, and Shakespeare, who studied hatred deeply in "The Merchant of Venice”, "Othello”and "Romeo and Juliet”. Swift's "Gulliver's Travels” is a very enjoyable but surprisingly nasty novel and for moral dilemma you can't beat Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein”. Robert Browning was fascinated by hatred, as in "My Last Duchess” or "The Laboratory”. Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights” covers personal and sexual hatred, while Ibsen's "A Public Enemy” seems amazingly up to date in terms local, political and mob hatred - and problems with the public water supply.

Special emphasis will be placed on "Othello”, "Gulliver's Travels”, especially books 2 and 4, and "A Public Enemy”. Happily, I can supply copies of most of the books covered, but if you could bring copies of The Bible, "Wuthering Heights” (any edition) and the Penguin edition of "Ghosts and Other Plays” tr. Peter Watts, that would be helpful. I have checked, and copies can be obtained at bargain second hand prices online from Abe books or Amazon.

For homework it would be fantastic if you could skim through "Gulliver's Travels” and "A Public Enemy”. A week that could be sobering but fun and the same time, rain mixed with sunshine.

Course Tutor

Francis Lloyd

Francis Lloyd

About Francis


Francis read English at Exeter University and worked briefly as a journalist before training as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama. On leaving (in 1977) he worked first at Northampton before working in rep in Southampton, Sheffield and Colchester. He also appeared in the West End and on television. In 1985, he left the professional theatre to re-train as a barrister, and was called to the Bar in 1987.

He has not, however, given up theatre, but has appeared regularly at The Questors Theatre in Ealing, playing a number of roles, including John inOleanna,Henry Carr inTravesties, Wicksteed inHabeas Corpus, Sir Anthony Blunt in A Question of Attribution and the title role inUncle Vanya.He has also directed several plays, includingThe Importance of Being Earnest, After the Dance, Hobson's Choiceand W.S.Gilbert's Engaged!as well as new plays by Brian Abbott and Richard Gallagher and a staged performance of Christopher Reid's Six Bad Poets.

He is married to Fleur, who is a regular tutor at Marlborough, and with whom he has given lecture recitals of poetry at the Summer School.


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