School of English news - Oct-Nov 2016
Launch of new online poetry journal
The School of English is proud to announce the launch of The Scores, a new online journal of poetry. Our first issue features a new essay by Clive James (offering advice in the footsteps of Rilke's 'Letter to a Young Poet' in what will become a regular slot), an interview with Sam Riviere, new poetry from a host of luminaries including Karen Solie, John Glenday, Helen Mort, Mimi Khalvati and Maurice Riordan, translations by Robert Crawford and Kevin MacNeil, new work by St Andrews alumni Niall Campbell and Rachael Boast, and reviews of recent publications - as well as extraordinary new artwork from postgraduate students at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee.
The new journal is currently open for submissions via its online page and the full journal can be read here: http://thescores.org.uk/issue-one-autumn-2016/
Oliver Emanuel in BBC 2 documentary
Oliver Emanuel's stage play The 306: Dawn, which tells the stories of the 306 men who were shot for cowardice, desertion and other military offences during the first world war, has been featured in a documentary on BBC 2 Scotland covering the first ten years of the National Theatre of Scotland's history. The BBC filmed the opening of Oliver’s play, which took place at dawn, and interviewed members of the cast and audience. The documentary is available to view on iplayer until the end of October:
Literary Criticism in the Middle Ages in Arabic
The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 2: The Middle Ages, which was co-edited by Dr Ian Johnson with Professor Alastair Minnis at the University of Yale, has been published in a two-volume Arabic language edition by the Supreme Council of Culture, Cairo.
The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 2: The Middle was originally published as a hardback by Cambridge University Press in 2005, online in 2008, and as a paperback in 2009. It offers the first history of the literary theory and criticism produced during the Middle Ages covering all the main traditions in Latin, the major European vernaculars and Byzantine Greek. Starting with the study of grammar and the formal 'arts' of poetry, letter-writing and preaching, it proceeds to a full description of the Latin commentary tradition on classical and classicising literature, followed by explanations of medieval views on literary imagination and memory and the ways in which certain texts were believed to achieve moral profit through pleasure. Subsequent essays explore the diverse theoretical and critical traditions which developed in the vernacular languages, ranging from Medieval Irish to Old Norse, Occitan to Middle High German, concentrating particularly on Dante and his commentators and Italian humanist criticism. The collection concludes with an examination of the attitudes to literature and its uses in Greek Byzantium:
Discovery of manuscript with a St Andrews' connection
In January 2016, whilst she was a visiting fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Dr. Margaret Connolly also visited Maynooth, where she identified a manuscript with a St Andrews' connection. The manuscript, a compilation of papal decretals, was owned by William Scheves, Archbishop of St Andrews in the late fifteenth century. Details of this discovery are now published in 'A Manuscript Owned by William Scheves now at Maynooth', The Library 17 (3) (2016), 331-335:
Talks, Readings, Plenaries and Workshops
On 21 September Dr Ian Johnson participated in a Workshop on Religious Miscellanies hosted at the University of Hull. On 28 October in Padua, Italy, Ian will be the Official Respondent at the annual International Postgraduate Research Day in Medieval English Studies. 3-5 November Ian will be participating in a plenary meeting of the EU-funded network of 25 countries "New Communities of Interpretation (1350-1570)" in the Netherlands.
Professor Don Paterson will be giving various talks and readings over the coming weeks. Don will also be performing compositions on electric guitar alongside Steve Hamilton on keyboards and Euan Burton on bass, as 'The Don Paterson Situation', Inverness on 19 Oct and Grenock on 20 Oct.
Drs Tom Jones and James Harris (Philosophy) will be running a workshop on the philosophical life, supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh on Nov 1.
Professor Susan Sellers will be lecturing on 'Marcel Proust and the Madeleine' in Cambridge on 19 November.
Dr Ian Johnson
On 21 September Dr Ian Johnson participated in a Workshop on Religious Miscellanies hosted at the University of Hull as an expert meeting of the EU-funded network of 25 countries, 'New Communities of Interpretation (1350-1570)'. At the meeting Ian spoke on the topic of "Immaterial Miscellanism".
On 28 October in Padua, Italy, Ian will be the Official Respondent at the annual International Postgraduate Research Day in Medieval English Studies co-organised by the Universities of Lausanne, Padua, Warwick and Peter Pázmány University, Budapest. This year the workshop is being hosted by the Università degli Studi di Padova, Dpt Studi Linguistici e Letterari.
From 3 to 5 November 2016 at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands Ian will be participating in a plenary meeting of the EU-funded network of 25 countries "New Communities of Interpretation (1350-1570)". The meeting has the overall theme of "Going Transnational: Religion, Communities, Communication and Lieux de savoir". As part of this Ian is co-organising a research meeting of Working Group 2 of the network under the theme of "Transgressing Borders: Textual Translation, Textual Transfer, and Connectivity in Late Medieval Europe":
Prof Don Paterson
Professor Don Paterson will be giving various talks and readings over the coming weeks, including at The Gordon Schools, Huntl, on 3 October, the Banchory Academy, Banchory, on 4 October, the Literary Dundee Sonnets Event on 22 October, the 25th Anniversary of the Forward Prize for Poetry at the British Library on 25 October, and a reading at the Scottish Poetry Library on 24 November. In addition, Don will be performing new and older compositions on electric guitar influenced by jazz, electronic, classical and Celtic music alongside Steve Hamilton on keyboards and Euan Burton on bass, as 'The Don Paterson Situation', at Eden Court, Inverness on 19 October and Beacon, Grenock on 20 October:
The Philosophical Life
On Friday 11 November from 1-6pm in Seminar Room 1 of the Medical and Biological Sciences Building, Drs Tom Jones and James Harris (Philosophy) will be running a workshop on the philosophical life, supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Looking at the question 'how does one live philosophically within and beyond the modern university?' this workshop brings together participants whose philosophical work takes place in a variety of contexts: consultancy, counselling, prisons, civil society organisations, online and print media, and daily life itself. Presentations, discussion and a round table event to close the afternoon will ask how a (formal or informal) philosophical background shapes life, work and our most fundamental social relations.
The workshop is free and open to the public. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place. http://thephilosophicallife.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk
Marcel Proust and the Madeleine
Professor Susan Sellers will be lecturing on 'Marcel Proust and the Madeleine' in Cambridge on 19 November. Susan's lecture will discuss Proust's life, his love of food, his interest in the workings of memory and time, and explore why, a century later, his themes still resonate with us. The lecture will take place at the Cambridge Cookery School, and will be followed by the opportunity to bake the perfect madeleine! http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/literary-kitchen/
Music inspired by Virginia Woolf
The world premiere of two new compositions commissioned by Dr Emma Sutton's 'Virginia Woolf and Music' project will be performed in Cambridge by the renowned Kreutzer Quartet.
The third concert of Dr Emma Sutton's 'Virginia Woolf and Music' project, 'Weaving Threads: Virginia Woolf and String Quartets', will take place on 3 November at 7.45pm in Robinson College Chapel, Cambridge. Performed by the renowned Kreutzer Quartet, the concert explores Woolf's interest in string quartets and features new commissions inspired by her writing. The concert includes work by Beethoven, by the South-African British composer Priaulx Rainier, and Mozart's arrangement of a Bach fugue for string quartet. Two world premieres are featured: Jeremy Thurlow’s 'Memory is the seamstress' and Elliott Schwartz's 'Portrait (For Deedee)'.
The concert will be preceded by a free pre-concert talk by Dr Sutton in the Meeting Room, Clare Hall, Herschel Road, Cambridge, at 1pm. More details here: http://virginiawoolfmusic.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/2016/10/world-premiere-of-new-music-inspired-by-virginia-woolf/
Former doctoral student Marina Cano is to take up a teaching fellowship in women's writing at the University of Limerick (Ireland).
Éadaoín Lynch is giving two public engagement talks in Ireland this October, the first at Trinity College Dublin on Thursday 13th - "Blacklegs: Louis MacNeice's lost play" - and the second at her former secondary school St. Flannan's College, Ennis, Co.Clare, on Monday 17th: "What is poetry for?: Plato's philosophy, and a modern perspective."