The London Review of Books Winter Lectures 2017 are presented in association with the British Museum.
The Last London
‘But sometimes,’ Don DeLillo wrote, ‘the street spills over me, too much to absorb, and I have to stop thinking and keep walking.' Iain Sinclair considers an old city stretched to the point of erasure, and a walker disappearing into the labyrinth of his own footprints.
Iain Sinclair is the author of Lights Out for the Territory, Downriver and Ghost Milk. He lives in Haggerston, East London.
Fritz Lang and the Life of Crime
In M, The Big Heat and the Dr Mabuse movies, Fritz Lang memorably conjures up three crime worlds: those of the psychopath killer, the mobster and the evil mastermind. But to Lang, the 'life of crime' seems to be a sort of pun. Michael Wood explores how lively crime can be, and how cinema contributes to that effect.
Michael Wood teaches comparative literature at Princeton, and is the author of books on Hitchcock, Nabokov, Yeats and Buñuel.
Women in Power
Mary Beard looks at the image and reality of women in power from the myth of matriarchy to Theresa May. What has been so ‘funny’ about the idea of women being in charge? What does ‘breaking the glass ceiling’ really mean?
Mary Beard is a fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, where she teaches classics. Her books include SPQR, The Parthenon and Pompeii.