Stephen Spender | Happy in Berlin | Exhibition

Event poster for the Stephen Spender Happy in Berlin exhibition, depicting an image of a person sitting on a window sill facing the room and inward opening windows reflecting the person. The view is to a gentle sloping field and trees on a sunny day.

Fascinated by the progressive ethos of Berlin in 1920s and early 1930s, this display charts the political clashes between Communists and Fascists through the eyes of writer Stephen Spender. Along with W. H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood, they created a myth of Berlin as an exhilarating but fragile haven of creative and personal freedom, which was to be swept away by Hitler’s rise to power.

This display draws on archival holdings and other rare material in the Bodleian Libraries to explore this fascinating period in Stephen Spender’s life.


Venue: Weston Library Blackwell Hall, Oxford

Exhibition dates: 17 May - 11 July 2021

Admission: Free

Curator: Dr Stefano Evangelista, Associate Professor in the Faculty of English and Tutorial Fellow, Trinity College

Aknowledgements: Part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project which also includes exhibitions and events in the Literaturhaus Berlin and the Humboldt University.

Website: Happy in Berlin


You can read more about Stefano Evagelista's project on the TORCH KE Fellowship page.


Event information retrieved from the original event post on the Weston Library webpage.