Patrick will be discussing the work of wonder in three senses: the work we must do to make a place for wonder in our lives, its effects — the work it can accomplish in our lives — and the question, how does wonder work? The last point opens into wonder as part of a way of life, one which partakes of some closely-related modes. These include metaphoric, symbolic and divinatory. We will consider their common ground as well as subtle differences.
Patrick Curry is a Canadian-born writer and scholar living in London. He holds a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from University College London and has been a lecturer at the Universities of Kent and Bath Spa. He is the author of, among other books, Astrology, Science and Culture (co-authored with Roy Willis; Berg, 2004), Defending Middle-Earth: Tolkien, Myth and Modernity (Houghton Mifflin, 2004), Ecological Ethics: An Introduction (Polity Press, 2011) and Deep Roots in a Time of Frost: Essays on Tolkien (Walking Tree Books, 2014). He also edited Divination: Perspectives for a New Millennium (Ashgate, 2010) and co-edited, with Angela Voss, Seeing with Different Eyes: Essays on Astrology and Divination (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008). He is presently writing a book on enchantment and editing a new online journal, The Ecological Citizen (www.ecologicalcitizen.net). Most of his papers, articles and reviews can be found on www.patrickcurry.co.uk