S.J. Stubbs Lecture in English Literature: A Touch of Soft Yearning: Shipboard Intimacies from Herman Melville to E.M. Forster

When and Where

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Paul Cadario Conference Centre at Croft Chapter House, University College and virtually (this is a hybrid event)
Croft Chapter House, University College
15 King's College Circle Toronto, ON M5S 3H7


Professor Santanu Das, Oxford University


Join us for an informative and engaging lecture presented by University of Oxford Professor Santanu Das. Professor Das serves as Professor of Modern Literature and Culture at Oxford University and Senior Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. His lecture will focus on three works from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: Billy Budd by Herman Melville (1891 but published in 1924), Boy (1931) by James Hanley and finally a short story, ‘The Other Boat’ (1957-58, but published in 1972), by E.M. Forster. Two impulses will guide this talk: first, to investigate the relationship between the historical and the literary in re-imaging a largely hidden past; and, second, to understand the fusion and confusion of different kinds of desire—perverse, political, narrative, sexual—as each writer explores the thresholds between eros, intimacy and abuse and their connection with social structures.


Contact Information

Jennifer Jenkins


University College


15 King's College Circle Toronto, ON M5S 3H7