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Science and Literature Reading Group

Easter Term 2017 – Water

In Easter Term our exploration of the four elements reaches the water. Appropriately enough for this most protean of substances, we will engage with several forms of media: a poem, a short story, a play, and two essays. In very different ways, these works comment on the relationships between literature and water: experiencing and analysing, surviving and following, cherishing and chronicling its varied appearances as river, rain, ice, and sea.

We will meet at Darwin College in the ground floor seminar room at 1 Newnham Terrace from 7.30–9pm (last meeting location tbc).

All are welcome to join us, whether new or old members of the group! The group is organised by Melanie Keene and Charissa Varma.

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8 May – River

22 May – Rain

  • Ray Bradbury, 'Death-By-Rain', Planet Stories (1950). Republished as 'The Long Rain' in several collections of his short stories, or contact MK for a copy.

5 June – Ice

26 June – Sea

  • R.L. Carson, 'Undersea', Atlantic Monthly (1937), 322–325; and 'The Edge of the Sea', address to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1953). Republished in Linda Lear (ed.), Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson (1999), or contact MK for a copy.