ignis, glacies et pertinacia

Department of Literature

Gavin Belcher of the Department of Literature has a number of interests including classic Russian and French literature, the literature of Central Europe and the short story. He encourages his students to a large degree to pursue their own interests and, inasmuch as he guides them at all, he does so, he says, through the suggestion that they should strive to not harbour prejudices against, for example, “genre” fiction, nor even popular fiction, nor rely too heavily on the literature of a the West, still less the English-speaking West. “A student should study and address his/her own weaknesses above all” says Belcher.

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