Friday, December 28, 2012

Perceptual dialectology website goes live


Dr Mike Pearce has collected together his research on the perceptual dialectology of North East England and made it accessible on a new website. As well as links to his academic articles, the site contains online maps which reveal 'folk' beliefs about language variation across the region.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Kath Kerr-Koch romances fascism

Dr Kathleen Kerr-Koch's Romancing Fascism: Modernity and Allegory in Benjamin, de Man, Shelley is to be published by Bloomsbury in spring 2013. In her monograph Kath takes a wide-ranging approach to the analysis of allegory as it is treated by three controversial writers whose works flank the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the middle and late periods of what we call modernity—Walter Benjamin, Paul de Man and Percy Bysshe Shelley. In the course of her study she argues that intellectual responsibility can only be safeguarded if criticism is mobilised both as a poetic and as a critically enlightened endeavour.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

New Orientalisms for old

Dr Geoff Nash's essay entitled 'New Orientalisms for old: articulations of the East in Raymond Schwab, Edward Said and two nineteenth century French Orientalists' has just been published in Orientalism Revisited: Art, Land and Voyage  (Routledge, 2012). The chapter assesses Edward Said's treatment of Arthur Gobineau's and Ernest Renan's Orientalism - especially the former's reputation as a racist. It concludes that Gobineau was more sympathetic to Middle Eastern peoples than Said or his other critics take him to have been.

The Business of Pleasure

Dr Alison O'Malley-Younger has published an essay entitled 'The Business of Pleasure: modernity, marketing, and music hall in fin-de-si√®cle Ireland'. The chapter appears in Ireland in/and Europe: Cross-Currents and Exchanges, edited by Werner Huber, Sandra Mayer and Julia Novak (WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2012).

Monday, December 10, 2012

Barry Lewis on Richard Powers


Dr Barry Lewis (English) has published an essay in Ideas of Order: Narrative Patterns in the Novels of Richard Powers, edited by Antje Kley and Jan D. Kucharzewski (Universit√§tsverlag Winter, 2012). This volume in the American Studies Monograph series, which emerged from a conference on Powers that was held at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in November 2010, aims at establishing a critical approach to Powers’ oeuvre which acknowledges and investigates the implications of the distinct poetics of his novels.

In 'Vertical Perfection, Horizontal Inevitability: The Gold Bug Variations', Barry focuses on Powers’ third novel from 1991 and the reading strategies required to unravel the text’s polyphonic narrative structure which echoes the numerical symmetries of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Frequently referencing Powers’ other novels, Lewis explores the simultaneously mimetic and metafictional narrative of The Gold Bug Variations as a complex interrelation of self-reference and world-reference.

English Research Seminar


Professor John Strachan (Bath Spa University) will be speaking at the English Research Seminar (Wednesday 12th December, 5pm, Priestman 215). His subject is 'Wordsworth on the Olympian summit'. All staff and students are invited.

William Wordsworth by Benjamin Robert Haydon
oil on canvas 1842 (NPG)
Earlier in the day (1-3pm in Priestman 015), John will be joining Angela Smith and Alison Younger to lead a workshop organized by the Cultural and Regional Studies Beacon on the topic of external grant applications. It is aimed at Beacon members with all levels of external grant bidding experience.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Maria Dawson in Madrid

Maria Dawson (Combined Subjects) has recently given a paper entitled 'Student voice: "Personalize my learning"' at the 5th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation in Madrid (19th-21st November 2012). The paper reports on a project which explored students' understandings of the notion of 'employability' and encouraged them to build the relationship between HE and graduate employability in a way that makes sense to them. Maria's findings revealed that transition from undergraduate status to graduate 'work-ready' status requires high-intensity support by academic and student-centred staff teams.

Keynote address now out on video


A keynote address by Dr Ian Ground (NECLL), entitled 'Why does beauty matter?' is now available on video. Ian gave the lecture in July 2012 at the Ethics and Aesthetics of Architecture and the Environment Conference hosted by the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Gavin Schaffer in the History Lab

Dr Gavin Schaffer (University of Birmingham) will be appearing in the History Lab at 4pm on Thursday 6th December 2012 (Priestman 102). His talk is entitled  'Making multiculturalism on British TV: Postwar British broadcasting and race'. All History Lab seminars last for 30-40 minutes and are followed by an optional trip to the pub and a meal. Staff and students from all faculties are invited.

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