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School of English news - December 2014

Emma Sutton awarded Carnegie Trust Research Grant

Emma Sutton

Dr Emma Sutton has been awarded a Carnegie Trust Research Grant for research in Hawai'i, Samoa and New Zealand on a project titled 'Tristan in the Tropics: Cross-Cultural Musical Encounters in the Pacific'. The research will trace Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson's musical life in the Pacific - his 120 or so compositions - and work with indigenous performers, instruments and music. The research is a pilot scheme for a larger project tracing the exporting of European music, performers, instruments and audio technologies to the Pacific in the nineteenth century, and the cross-cultural musical encounters that resulted. 

Talks and broadcasts

Talks by Gill Plain, John Burnside and Don Paterson.

On Tuesday 25 November, Professor Gill Plain delivered a talk entitled ‘There's Been a Murder! The Corpse in Crime Fiction’, as part of the Museum of St Andrews’ public lecture series. The talk was a fascinating examination of the changing presentation of the corpse (and the detective's response to it) in 20th and 21st century crime fiction. 

Professor John Burnside took part in Radio 4’s Start the Week on 17 November 2014 about true forms of self-examination, discussing poetry and memoir as his tools of self-exploration.

Professor Don Paterson will be reading at the Roehampton Poetry Centre on 10 December 2014.

The Dumb House

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Professor John Burnside’s book, The Dumb House, will be discussed on 1 December 2014 at Munich book fair, taking up themes of language, narration, human nature and experience.

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Postgraduate news

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News from Karin Koehler, Lenore Bell, Faith Lawrence and Anna West.

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Karin Koehler has passed her viva, with a PhD thesis on ‘A modern Wessex of the penny post’:  Letters and the Post in Thomas Hardy’s Novels’.

Lenore Bell has won a Saltire Travel Bursary and will give a presentation on her plans for her novel at Saltire Celebrates, at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow on 29 November.

Faith Lawrence has contributed an essay to Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her Work, edited by Rachel Falconer and published by Edinburgh University Press.

Anna West gave a paper at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference in Ottawa on 'Ants, Insects, and Automatons: Classifying Creatures in Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native'.

Alumna news

News from Jacqueline Dillion. 

Jacqueline Dillion (who received her PhD this summer) has been offered a post as Assistant Professor at Pepperdine University.

Jacqueline will give the Thomas Hardy London lecture at Birkbeck on 4 December 2014 with Phillip Mallett, on the title "'The Evil Eye?" Looking and Overlooking in The Return of the Native'.