Did you know that the famous German theorist Theodor Adorno studied at Oxford University from 1934 until 1937? His book Minima Moralia is made up of aphorisms (defined as fragments of wisdom or opinion) on numerous topics, from his time at Oxford to confronting the aftermath of the Second World War. Adorno’s fragments are often striking in the way that they use everyday topics (from slippers to American culture) in relation to more serious topics. Therefore, this session considers how we might use this experimental and almost therapeutic form in our writing today.
This event consists of a short talk by Lillian Hingley (DPhil English) about Adorno’s life in Oxford and his use of the aphoristic form, followed by a session for attendees to write their own aphorisms about the sights, objects and their everyday experiences of Oxford.
We stress that this session is open to all, from beginners to expert writers, and will provide a welcoming space to experiment with an intriguing writing form!
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