School of English news - February 2014
Major Leverhulme Research Fellowships
Professor Lorna Hutson and Dr Jane Stabler have been awarded major Research Fellowships by the Leverhulme Trust from September 2014. Dr Sara Lodge will also be starting a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for her work on Edward Lear at this time.
Professor Hutson will look at English printed and manuscript position and policy papers relating to Anglo-Scottish union in the period between 1503 and 1616, examining the rich yet neglected evidence of Anglo-Scots legal, constitutional and literary interrelations in this century. These papers will include: English diplomatic and political correspondence on Scottish affairs; Scottish literary, dramatic, political and historical texts printed and/or circulated in England; French diplomatic, literary and political texts relating to Scotland and English dramatic works involving Scottish material, including the plays of Shakespeare.
Dr Jane Stabler's Fellowship will enable her to complete a new edition of Byron's Don Juan, reinstating manuscript readings so as to recover the musicality and multiple voices of the poem. During his life, Byron trusted his publisher to transmit the poem to his readers in a grammatically correct form, and in the early nineteenth century there were inevitable concessions to ‘delicacy’. Dr Stabler's edition will restore Byron’s first preference, stripping away the layers of nineteenth-century editorial intervention to restore the musical vigour and tonal and allusive complexity of Byron’s 'war in words'.
St Andrews/India Research Exchange
Dr Anindya Raychaudhuri (with Professors John Burnside and Susan Sellers from the School of English) have won an award from the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) to conduct “Narratives of Migration and Exchange”, an interdisciplinary, collaborative research project involving academics from the Schools of English and History at the University of St Andrews and Presidency University, Kolkata.
This will explore, from a variety of approaches, the complicated network of exchange of people, ideas, technologies and capital which mark the colonial legacy in India and in Europe. The project will include four interlinked strands: Partition, Migration and Independence; Francophone Exchanges; Scottish Cemeteries and the Jute Industry. These strands will together shed new light on the complex power-dynamics that characterise the colonial and post-colonial world. Through regular research trips, research symposia, and postgraduate training workshops, the exchange will produce significant original research and create opportunities for future collaborations.
New version of Strindberg's 'Miss Julie'
Zinnie Harris's new version of August Strindberg's play 'Miss Julie' opens at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow from February 6th until the 15th. Relocated to 1920s Scotland, the play stars Louise Brealey, star of the BBC’s 'Sherlock':
Talks and radio broadcasts
Dr Chris Jones appears on BBC3 radio broadcast, Professor Susan Sellers gives a lecture at Clare College, Cambridge, and Professor Don Paterson gives talks at Newcastle, Oxford and Falmouth.
Dr Chris Jones appeared on BBC Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' The Verb on Friday 30th January alongside Suzanne Vega, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Simon Stephens and Zaffar Kunia.
Professor Susan Sellers will give a lecture at Clare Hall, at the University of Cambridge, on Friday 14th February as part of its 'Literary Talks' series.
Professor Don Paterson will give the Honigmann Shakespeare Lecture at the University of Newcastle on Thursday 20th February.
On Wednesday 26th February, Don will lecture at Brasenose College, Oxford, and on Thursday 27th February he will lecture at Falmouth University.
Congratulations on completion of their PhDs to Robert Boyle, Scott Brooks, Shannon O'Hara, Tsung-Han Tsai, Jessica Volz, and a review publication by Cecily Davey
Congratulations to the following on the award of a Ph. D.: Robert Boyle 'Tortured Words – The First Soviet Writers Congress, Moscow 1934: Socialist Realism and Soviet Reality in Stalin¹s Russia 1934-1939'; Scott Brooks '"To Move, to Please, and to Teach": The New Poetry and the New Music in the Works of Edmund Spenser and John Milton, 1579 - 1674'; Shannon O'Hara 'A Second Violation: Rape Myths in Contemporary, Popular British and American Writing and The Alden Case'; Tsung-Han Tsai 'Hearing Forster: E.M Forster and the Politics of Music'; Jessica Volz 'Vision, Fiction and Depiction: The Forms and Functions of Visuality in the Novels of Jane Austen, Ann Radcliffe, Maria Edgeworth and Fanny Burney'.
Ph. D. candidate Cecily Davey has a review of HélèneCixous's Eve Escapes in Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Issue 1.1 (2014):