LRB Winter Lectures 2018

Adam and Eve: The Genesis of Blame

Anne Enright

Anne Enright

Friday 23 February 2018, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre, The British Museum

It is already hard to remember those strange days of early 2017, when women were held responsible for the bad behaviour of men. As the mirror is turned to reflect those in power, it is worth pausing to ask what that was all about. Why were their actions so difficult to see properly? How do we attach blame? This lecture looks at the story of Adam and Eve and the long sway it held over the western imagination, before Eve went on Twitter and called out the snake.

Anne Enright’s most recent book is The Green Road.

Can history help?

Linda Colley

Linda Colley

Friday 2 March 2018, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre, The British Museum

Now more than ever it seems as if events are overtaking us. How can we bring history to bear on such a moment? Is learning and thinking about the past still a valuable thing to do? If so, what kinds of history should we be reading or, indeed, writing?

Linda Colley is Shelby M.C. Davis Professor of History at Princeton. Her latest book is Acts of Union, Acts of Disunion.

What does she think she looks like?

Rosemary Hill

Rosemary Hill

Monday 12 March 2018, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre, The British Museum

Clothes come between the naked self and the world. They affect the way we are seen and they imply something about how we see ourselves, something that seems especially true for women. Rosemary Hill asks whether this is compensation for the fact women have less scope for action than men, or whether it is an advantage to have that extra sense Virginia Woolf called ‘frock consciousness’.

Rosemary Hill is a contributing editor at the London Review of Books. She is writing a history of antiquarianism.

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