The Wounded Man: The Politics of Desire and Identity in the songs of Leonard Cohen

Wednesday 9 November
Room 5, Main Building, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

​Talk by Prof. Peter Billingham (Performing Arts).

This paper explores the complex web of poetic and aesthetic narratives of the politics of desire and identity in the work of Leonard Cohen.  Employing a post-modern Cultural Materialist critique in the context of a discussion of Cohen's deep engagement in the occult systems of the Cabbalah, the paper proceeds to explore and discuss his Jewish identify against the tragic backdrop of The Holocaust.  This paper will be supported by short clips from both Cohen's recent performances and also from a short film commissioned from David Burden to celebrate Cohen's 80th birthday in 2014. ​

Peter Billingham is Professor of Modern Drama and is a very experienced and successful teacher, researcher and writer, including playwriting. Peter's most recent monograph was 'Edward Bond: A Critical Study' (Palgrave 2014) whilst his 'At the Sharp End' (Methuen 2008) was nominated for The Theatre Book Prize.  His play 'The Likeness' was a winning entry in the British Theatre Challenge and will be professionally produced in London in December 2016.

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