John Hoyles was marked by books from a young age: Huckleberry Finn (my first book from a Cardiff bookshop 1944); Hardy's Wessex novels (at my Berkshire prep school 1948, as inoculation against pessimism); War and Peace (read in boarding school courtyard 1950 - I fell in love with Natasha); Lawrence Collected Poems (forbidden texts, banned in school library, seen in mad music master's room in school tower); Shelley's Complete Poems (BEAUTY, pure and absolute from Cirencester bookshop 1952, aged 16); Urquhart's 1653 RabelaIs (Renaissance high jinks for Christmas 1953); Lady Chatterley unexpurgated (Swedish edition from Hamburg bookshop 1955, lent to 16 year old schoolgirl, never returned, another forbidden text); the Marquis de Sade's Justine (in French, in Paris, 1961, another forbidden text). In all this lurked the high and the low, symbolised for John in his inability to finish Crime and Punishment and his subjection to the samizdat porn of The Story of O while doing National Service in Bedford (1955-7).
Literary Sizzlersby John Hoyles
Literature as sizzle marks the spirit of this book. And handouts as pedagogic devices mark its form. In his life and work as a lecturer in English Literature at Hull University, John Hoyles used the handout as propaganda, student liberation, worker's control, against the formalism of Cleanth Brook's well-wrought urn, and against the managerialism of the questionnaire. John discovered the handout as a democratic tool with the arrival of a new English teacher at boarding school around 1953, with his dating and practical criticism classes, which he later found out were the products of a Leavisite mission to humanise the teaching of literature. This foundation was refined with the first actual lecture handouts issued by a Mr Broadbent on Milton in King's College Cambridge 1961. The sizzle lasted a lifetime, through John's first lectures on Dryden, through the Hull 1968 Sit In, through the Essex Marxist conferences, to the later development from teaching literature to teaching cinema. Let all the world in every corner sing - and sizzle.
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