We are most fortunate that the Parkes Lecture this year will be a conversation between the Booker-Prize winning novelist, broadcaster and public intellectual, Howard Jacobson and Bryan Cheyette who has been writing on Jacobson since 1984. Howard Jacobson’s memoir Mother’s Boy has recently been published and the interview will discuss that book and also his views on a variety of matters including novel-writing, novel-writers, Jewishness, table-tennis, antisemitism, market trading, television and Trump.
Please note that this event is taking place in Building 67, Highfield Campus (University of Southampton) and online via Zoom.
About the Speakers
Howard Jacobson, British novelist essayist, and broadcaster, born in Manchester, read English at Cambride under FR Leavis. Author of 17 novels and several works of non-fiction. The Mighty Walzer, about a teenage table tennis champion, won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic writing. He would later win the prize again for Zoo Time. His next novel, Who’s Sorry Now was the first of four of his novels to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, followed by Kalooki Nights. He was awarded the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question in 2010. His novel, J, was shortlisted for the award in 2014. He is an honorary fellow of Downing College Cambridge and visiting professor at New College of the Humanities, Northeastern University London
Bryan Cheyette is soon to be Emeritus Professor in Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Reading. He has published eleven books most recently: Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History (Yale University Press, 2014), and The Ghetto: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, 2020). He is a Series Editor for Bloomsbury (New Horizons in Contemporary Writing) and, most importantly, is a Visiting Fellow of the Parkes Institute, University of Southampton. He has been writing on Howard Jacobson’s fiction since 1984.
This event will be chaired by Mark Spearing.