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The History Man (1975) is a campus novel by British author Malcolm Bradbury set in 1972 in the fictional seaside town of Watermouth in the South of England. (Watermouth bears some resemblance to Brighton. For example, there is a frequent and fast train service to London.) See also: 1974 in literature, other events of 1975, 1976 in literature, list of years in literature. ... A Campus Novel is one where the main action of a novel is set in and around the campus of a university. ... Sir Malcolm Stanley Bradbury (September 7, 1932 – November 27, 2000) was a British author and academic. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... Brighton on the southern Sussex coast is one of the largest and most famous seaside resorts in England. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the most populous city in the European Union, with an estimated population on 1 January 2005 of 7. ...


Howard Kirk is a lecturer in sociology at the local university. The Kirks are very trendy leftist people, but living together for many years and the advance of middle age have left some unfavourable traces in their relationship. It is Barbara Kirk who notices this change, whereas Howard is as enthusiastic and self-assured as always. Officially, the Kirks oppose traditional gender roles just as fiercely as the exploitation of humans by other humans. Nevertheless certain practices have crept into their lives which do not live up to such high standards: Howard writes books, while Barbara — stranded with much of the housework and two little children — would like to but never gets round to actually doing it. Any female student who comes to live with, rather than work for, them is ruthlessly made to baby-sit for them and perform all kinds of domestic chores. Lecturer is the name given to university teachers in most of the English-speaking world (but not at most universities in the US or Canada) who do not hold a professorship. ... Social interactions of people and their consequences are the subject of sociology studies. ... // History Because of the above definition, the oldest universities in the world were all European, as the awarding of academic degrees was not a custom of older institutions of learning in Asia and Africa. ... It has been suggested that Masculinity be merged into this article or section. ...

What we learn about the Kirks' past does not set them apart from most young working-class intellectuals who grew up in the stifling 1950s. When Howard and Barbara meet in their third year at the University of Leeds, Howard is still a virgin. They are both working class and during their student years cannot afford more than the bare necessities of life. A few years after their graduation, in the summer of 1963, the "old Kirks", already a married couple living in a small bedsit, metamorphose into the "new Kirks" when one day, while Howard is at the university where he has a job as a lecturer, Barbara has spontaneous casual sex with an Egyptian student. This fling triggers a whole series of events: When he has got over his initial shock, Howard begins to associate with all kinds of radical people. The Kirks make lots of new friends; they smoke pot at parties; Barbara develops a new interest in health food and astrology; Howard grows a beard; and they both start having "small affairs". When Barbara gets pregnant, Howard, rather than cancelling his class, takes all his students to the clinic to watch his wife giving birth. Finally, in 1967, he is appointed lecturer at Watermouth, and right from the start he is intent on radicalising that bourgeois town, especially the newly-founded university. // Events and trends This map shows two essential global spheres during the Cold War in 1959. ... Parkinson Building, University of Leeds The University of Leeds, England, is one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom and the most popular by applicants, with 52,444 applicants in 2003 for 7,228 places (UCAS). ... In its most general sense, virginity is characterized by a state of unimpacted purity, usually stemming from a lack of experience (for example, newcomers to game Bingo could be referred to as virgins). ... Academic procession during the University of Canterbury graduation ceremony. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... A bedsit is a form of rented accommodation consisting of a single room with a shared bathroom and lavatory. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Sex positions Francoeur, Robert T. (ed. ... Species Cannabis indica Cannabis ruderalis Cannabis sativa Cannabis is a genus of flowering plant that includes one or more species. ... Healthful eating is the act of following a balanced nutritional diet. ... An astrological chart (or horoscope) - Y2K Chart — This particular chart is calculated for January 1, 2000 at 12:01:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time in New York City, New York, USA. (Longitude: 074W0023 - Latitude: 40N4251), using the tropical zodiac Astrology (from Greek: αστρολογία = άστρον, astron, star + λόγος, logos, word) is... A man with a full beard A beard is the hair that grows on a mans chin, cheeks, neck, and the area above the upper lip (the opposite is a clean-shaven face). ... Childbirth (also called labour, birth, partus or parturition) is the culmination of a human pregnancy with the emergence of a newborn infant from its mothers uterus. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bourgeoisie (RP [], GA []) in modern use refers to the wealthy or propertied social class in a capitalist society. ...


The novel chronicles a few months — one term, to be precise — in the lives of Howard and Barbara Kirk. Howard's zero tolerance concerning non-Marxist, especially conservative, thinking makes him persecute one of the male participants of his seminar who, apart from wearing a university blazer and a tie which make him look like a student out of the 1950s, just insists on being allowed to present his paper in the traditional, formal way, without being interrupted and without having to answer questions before he has finished his train of thought. In front of the others Howard calls him a "heavy, anal type" and what he has prepared for class "an anal, repressed paper", without considering his own apparent hypocrisy any further. In the end he succeeds in having the student, a "historical irrelevance", expelled from the university. Tolerance is a social, cultural and religious term applied to the collective and individual practice of not persecuting those who may believe, behave or act in ways of which one may not approve. ... Marxism is the social theory and political practice based on the works of Karl Marx, a 19th century German philosopher, economist, journalist, and revolutionary, along with Friedrich Engels. ... The neutrality of this article is disputed. ... A seminar is a form of academic teaching, normally at a university in small groups where students are requested to actively participate during meetings. ... Image:Neck Tie Platter. ... // Events and trends This map shows two essential global spheres during the Cold War in 1959. ... The term anal retentive (or anally retentive) is one of a variety of examples of Freudian terminology which have found their way into common usage with a slight shift in the original meaning. ... Look up Hypocrisy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Hypocrisy is the act of pretending to have morals or virtues that one does not truly possess or practice. ...


Whereas Howard selects his many sexual partners from among the people who work at the university — students as well as faculty — on Saturday mornings, Barbara Kirk regularly goes on "shopping trips" to London, which usually turn into "wicked weekends". What is more, the Kirks consider the parties they throw in their house a success if at least some of their guests have sex in the many rooms they provide for that. At one point in the novel Howard's indiscriminate promiscuity gets him into trouble when he is told that he might be fired for "gross moral turpitude" (defined by a female student of his as "raping large numbers of nuns"), but he shrugs off this accusation as being based on "a very vague concept, especially these days". Look up Faculty on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Faculty has several different meanings and can refer to: University faculty are the instructors and/or researchers of high standing at universities, as opposed to the students or support staff. ... Dirty Weekend is a film (1993) directed by Michael Winner based on a 1991 novel by Helen Zahavi (screenplay by Zahavi and Winner). ... Promiscuity is the practice of making relatively unselective, casual and indiscriminate choices. ... In general, a nun is a female ascetic who chooses to voluntarily leave mainstream society and live her life in prayer and contemplation in a monastery or convent. ...


A number of supporting characters round off the vivid picture of the permissive society of the early 1970s. For example, there is Henry Beamish, one of Howard's work colleagues whose childless middle-class marriage to Myra has been largely unhappy There is Dr. Macintosh, a sociologist from Howard's department who, despite his pregnant wife, can be convinced by Howard that shagging one of his students during the end-of-term party is the right thing to do. Also, there is Flora Beniform, a social psychologist with rather unconventional research methods — she sleeps with men in whom she is professionally interested, to elicit information from them. The permissive society is a label given to a society where social norms are becoming increasingly liberal. ... The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ... Psychology (ancient Greek: psyche = soul or mind, logos/-ology = study of) is an academic and applied field involving the study of mind and behavior. ...

Antony Sher as Howard Kirk
Antony Sher as Howard Kirk

At the end of the novel Howard and Barbara are still together, and all their friends admire their stable yet "advanced" marriage. Howard has even further metamorphosed into "the radical hero" who is "generating the onward march of mind, the onward process of history. According to his philosophy, things, especially those he likes, are bound to happen: This is called "historical inevitability". File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Marriage is a relationship between individuals which has formed the foundation of the family for most societies. ... History studies the past in human terms. ...


The History Man was filmed by the BBC as a four-part mini-series in 1981. It starred Antony Sher as Howard Kirk. Corporate logo of the British Broadcasting Corporation The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the national public service broadcaster of the United Kingdom (see British television). ... See also: 1980 in film 1981 1982 in film 1980s in film years in film film Events January 19 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquires beleaguered concurrent United Artists. ... Sir Antony Sher, KBE (born June 14, 1949) is an actor and novelist. ...


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