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School of English news - October 2014

Guide to the poetry of Michael Donaghy by Professor Don Paterson

Don Paterson Smith book cover

Smith: A Reader's Guide to the Poetry of Michael Donaghy, written by Professor Don Paterson, is published this month by Picador. This is the first substantial critical work to be written on Donaghy, and coincides with the tenth anniversary of Donaghy's death, and the publication of the new paperback edition of his Collected Poems. Donaghy, who was a hugely popular, influential and much-loved figure in the UK poetry scene, died tragically early at the age of fifty in 2004. In these fifty short essays accompanying fifty of Donaghy's best poems, his friend and editor Don Paterson makes the argument for Donaghy to be recognised as one of the greatest poets of recent years, and author of some of the most powerful, complex, moving and memorable poems to have been written in our lifetime. Don's commentary combines sharp and witty analysis of Donaghy's poems with biographical sketch and personal reminiscence, setting Donaghy's work in both a literary and a human context. 

Mary Wollstonecraft collaboration

Dr. Susan Manly has collaborated with Dr Anna Birch of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on a presentation entitled 'Fragments And Living Monuments: Mary Wollstonecraft, 1759-1797 (Author Of A Vindication Of The Rights Of Woman, 1792)'

On 16 October, in a joint presentation at the Bell Pettigrew Museum in St Andrews from 3-5, Dr Susan Manly and Dr Anna Birch will present responses to the work of Mary Wollstonecraft, accompanied by an exhibition of original first editions of works by Wollstonecraft from the St Andrews University Library Special Collection, curated by Elizabeth Henderson.

Susan Manly and Anna Birch explore and celebrate Mary Wollstonecraft's work in very different ways. Anna Birch's work on Mary Wollstonecraft has taken the form of numerous site-specific installations and large-scale performance and film events over the past 15 years. She reflects on how static monuments – usually celebrating great men – function in public space to create and reinforce established gender hierarchies and our understanding of history. Anna Birch's fluid, active memorializations of Wollstonecraft propose a feminist aesthetic and politics of monuments.

Susan Manly’s most recent research on Wollstonecraft focuses on her writing for girls, especially the fragmentary Lessons, published posthumously by William Godwin in 1798, which takes the form of a conversation between a mother and her young daughter. Godwin described the Lessons and the other pieces he collected in the Posthumous Works as ‘sketches of what would perhaps have given a new impulse to the manners of a world’. Susan Manly’s talk focuses on this ‘new impulse’: the revolutionary aspects of Wollstonecraft’s writing for girls.

Awards for Professor Nick Roe

Professor Nicholas Roe has been awarded the Keats-Shelley Association Distinguished Scholar Award for 2014, and has also been appointed Visiting Professor of English at the University of Malta.

The Directors of the Keats-Shelley Association of America are to present Professor Nick Roe with the Keats-Shelley Association Distinguished Scholar Award for 2014. The award will be made at the MLA Convention in Vancouver in January. 

Nick has also been appointed Visiting Professor of English at the University of Malta, where he will offer short courses each year and help to organise the annual 'Encountering Malta' Conferences at the Old University in Valletta. The School of English has longstanding links with the Department of English in Malta. Like St Andrews, Malta's University is an ancient institution: teaching in Philosophy, Theology, Grammar and the Humanities began there in 1592. 

Theatre Nomination for Oliver Emanuel

Oliver Emanuel's play, Dragon, has been nominated for Best Show for Children and Young People at the UK Theatre Awards.

Dragon, by Oliver Emanuel, and originally produced by Vox Motus, National Theatre of Scotland and Tianjin People’s Art Theatre of China at the Citizens Theatre and Traverse Theatre, has been nominated for Best Show for Children and Young People for the UK 2014 Theatre Awards. The winner will be announced in a ceremony on 19 October at London's Guildhall. 

Oliver Emanuel's play The Adventures of Robin Hood is currently on tour in the USA (until December).

Talks, readings and screening

Talks, readings and film screening for Professors Robert Crawford and Don Paterson, Dr Emma Sutton, Leslie Glaister and Jacob Polley

On 2 October, Professor Don Paterson will be speaking at the London Literature Festival, at the Southbank Centre, London.
On 12 October, Don will be speaking at Ilkley Literature Festival, St Margaret’s Hall, Ilkley.

On 3 October, Lesley Glaister will be reading at Huntly Festival and on 10 October, at Blairgowrie Festival.

On 4 October, Professor Robert Crawford will be speaking to schoolteachers about Robert Burns at an Association for Scottish Literary Studies conference in Glasgow.
On 6 October, Robert will be reading at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature with David Harsent.
On 20 October, he will be speaking about his forthcoming biography of T S Eliot to the Stirling Literary Society.
In the final week of October, he will be the guest of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, lecturing about writing the biography of T S Eliot to the English Department on the 27th, delivering a lecture on 'Rewriting Scotland and the United Kingdom' to the Center for European Studies on the 28th, and giving a poetry reading on the 29th.
On 24 September, Robert gave the Angus McIntosh Memorial Lecture to the Scottish Text Society in Edinburgh, and contributed to the 'Weekend Edition NPR [National Public Radio] News' in the USA.
He was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Front Row.

On October 15, Jacob Polley will be reading at the launch of the Autumn issue of The Poetry Review, in Sheffield.
Jacob's poem ‘Langley Lane’ has also featured as the script of a film by Zak Emerson, of Blink Productions. The film, ’The Ballad of Langley Lane’, was one of the three winners of the Homespun Yarns competition, run by the editing company Homespun. It will be screened with the other two winners on 16 October in London.

At the end of October, Dr Emma Sutton will be lecturing in Moscow at venues including the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art. The lectures accompany their exhibition on Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley, part of the events marking the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

Magazine and online publications

Magazine and Online Publications for Professor Lorna Hutson and Dr Chris Jones.

Professional Lorna Hutson has contributed an article to Counsel Magazine, the professional magazine of the English legal Bar, summarizing and popularizing the argument of her book, The Invention of Suspicion.  

Dr Chris Jones has a blog post published by the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy as part of a series aimed at the general public, called 'Research the Headlines', about the many recent references in the media to ISIS, and Islam more generally, as 'medieval'.

Alumni news

Book by Dr Jacqueline Dillion and Karin Koehler's invitation to co-edit an interdisciplinary collection of essays.

Dr Jacqueline Dillion (PhD graduate) has been awarded a contract for a book based on her thesis, Thomas Hardy, Folklore, and Resistance, to be published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan.

Karin Koehler, who has just submitted her thesis on letters and the post in Thomas Hardy's novels, has been asked to co-edit an interdisciplinary collection of essays, provisionally titled Letters and Letter Writing: Negotiating the Private and Public, to be published by Inter-disciplinary Press in 2015. The volume includes an essay by Karin entitled: '"A husband without suspicions does not intercept his wife’s letters": Letters, Privacy, and Gender in the Victorian Novel'. 

Undergraduate news

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Charlotte Potter's University research internship project.

Charlotte Potter URIP poster image

Charlotte Potter, a current 4th-year student, won a University research internship for the 2014 summer vacation to work on the iconography of royal virginity between Richard II and Elizabeth I. Over the summer, she produced an extended research essay, and a poster.

Download poster (PDF, 5,580 KB)