25 February 2014 | 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Reading and Reception Seminars: Professor Patrick Pollard

G24, Foster Court, Malet Place, UCL, London, WC1E 6BT
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'When Heaven meets Hell: André Gide and William Blake - A talk about the fortunes of Blake in France'

Professor Patrick Pollard considers two reactions to Blake's poetry and prose, specifically to The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, in France in the first half of the 20th century. Charles Grolleau's 1900 translation, with its preface, was subsequently read by André Gide who translated the text in his turn in 1922 for the influential N.R.F. Whereas the Catholic Grolleau praised Blake as a mystic poet and painter, Gide, an unorthodox Protestant, saw him principally as someone who, like Dostoievsky, Nietzsche and Browning, recognised the need to keep the simultaneous presences of Satan and God in play.


Patrick Pollard, Emeritus Professor of French and Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, is a specialist in 19th and early 20th century French literature and has published a number of articles on André Gide and his relationship with English authors as diverse as Richardson, Carlyle, Gosse  and Wilde. His André Gide: Homosexual Moralist was published by Yale in 1991; his annotated critical editions of Gide’s Proserpine et Perséphone and Le Roi Candaule appeared in Lyon in 1977 and 2000 respectively. His annotated Répertoires des lectures d’André Gide (2000-2010) include coverage of the areas of Greek and Latin literature and thought, British and American literature, German literature and culture, Oriental poetry and narratives. His other publications and research interests include the novels of Émile Zola, the history of (homo)sexuality, and the reception of Classical literature and mythology.