Epic narratives


Some of the greatest stories ever told also tend to be the most sprawling, convoluted and frustrating narratives to engage with. Join Andrew Tate as he takes a ‘long now’ view of the cultural landscape of the Epic and explores contemporary quest narratives by Salman Rushdie, Philip Pullman and Jeanette Winterson. Caution this talk may contain monoliths, totems and psychological constructs.

When he’s not watching re-runs of the West Wing, Dr Andrew Tate lectures in English and American Literature at Lancaster University. His two books, published last year – Douglas Coupland and Contemporary Fiction and Christianity – reflect his interest in postmodern fiction, theory and spirituality.

Andrew Tate