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Being Human: Vernon Lee, Lying, Coma

Shahidha Bari and Laurence Scott discuss new research on supernatural fiction writer Vernon Lee with Francesco Ventrella. Plus what it means to lie and popular ideas of the 'coma'.

New Generation Thinkers Shahidha Bari and Laurence Scott present a programme looking at new research into supernatural fiction writer Vernon Lee with Francesco Ventrella. Lee used the phrase "iron curtain" and declared herself a "cosmopolitan from her birth, without any single national tie or sympathy'. They also debate what it means to lie, examine the life of communist informer Harvey Matusow with Doug Haynes, and look at new scientific research into the way consistent lying can change behaviour. Plus, Jenny Kitzinger on the gulf between popular ideas of 'coma' and the realities of such states.

Part of a week of programmes on BBC Radio 3 exploring new academic research.

Being Human festival of the humanities runs from 17-25 Nov 2016 at universities across the UK. It is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which works with Radio 3 on the New Generation Thinkers scheme to find academics who can turn their research into radio.

Producer: Robyn Read.

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45 minutes

Being Human Festival: 17 – 25 November 2016


Role Contributor
Presenter Shahidha Bari
Presenter Laurence Scott
Interviewed Guest Francesco Ventrella
Interviewed Guest Jenny Kitzinger
Producer Robyn Read


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