This lecture is part of the Wednesday Lectures, hosted by Raimond Gaita and held throughout June and July.
Speaker: Professor Gerry Simpson
This lecture will revolve around conceptions of political literacy and political “literateness”: the former encompassing an idea of technical nous in matters of political grammar and practice, the latter a way of thinking of politics through (and as a form of) literature. Some questions might follow from this. When it comes to political deliberation or electoral choice, how well-versed ought we to be? And how should our political leaders speak and persuade? Can literary practice help us answer these sorts of questions?