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School of English news - Summer 2015

Dr Peter Mackay named New Generation Thinker

Dr Peter Mackay

Dr Mackay is currently working on an anthology of transgressive Gaelic poetry over the last 500 years and will work with BBC Radio 3 to broadcast cutting edge academic research, as well as making films for BBC Arts Online.,257282,en.php

Neustadt International Prize for Literature shortlist

Neustadt International Prize

Professor Don Paterson has been shortlisted for the 24th Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Known as ‘America’s Nobel’ for Literature. 

Professor Don Paterson has been shortlisted for the 24th Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Known as ‘America’s Nobel’ for Literature, the Neustadt Prize is awarded for the sole criteria of distinguished and continuing literary achievement by any living author, writing in any genre, anywhere in the world. Previous winners include Gabriel García Márquez (1972), Czeslaw Milosz (1978), Octavio Paz (1982) and Tomas Tranströmer (1990).

School welcomes Dr Clare Gill

Dr Clare GIll

Clare Gill has been appointed to a lectureship in Victorian Literature. Clare received her BA, MA and PhD from Queens University Belfast. Before coming to St Andrews in 2014, she held posts at Queens Belfast and the University of Southampton.

Clare's research interests are in late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century literary culture and book history. She has a particular interest in the work of the South African author and social theorist, Olive Schreiner, who is the focus of her first monograph, Olive Schreiner and the Politics of Print (forthcoming, Edinburgh University Press). As the General Editor of ‘The Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Olive Schreiner’, Clare is collaborating with an international team of Schreiner experts to produce the first scholarly editions of the author's literary and theoretical works. This summer, Clare will travel to the Eastern Cape to speak about her research at the Karoo Writers Festival, when she will be given the opportunity to visit the Schreiner sarcophagus in Cradock, and to spot aardwolf and blue crane at the nearby Mountain Zebra National Park.

Lectures, talks, and workshops

Lectures, talks, and workshops

Professor John Burnside will be talking with Fred Vargas at the Festival international du roman noir at Frontignan in June.

John is Poet in Residence at the Ledbury Festival in July, where he will give two public talks and four public workshops.  In August, John will be giving the opening talk for the Alpine Fellowship programme at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice.

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In June Dr Ian Johnson is giving an invited plenary at the Sorbonne, Paris at the culminating colloquium of the European Research Council Research Project ‘Œuvres Pieuses Vernaculaires à Succès/ Old Pious Vernacular Successes’. At the Colloquium, entitled ‘Des lectures salutaires pour tous: les textes religieux les plus populaires au Moyen Âge, publics et modes de diffusion / Every(wo)man’s books of salvation: the most popular medieval religious texts in Europe, their circulation and reception’, Ian is participating in a session on ‘Le rayonnement européen des Meditationes du Pseudo-Bonaventure / Pseudo-Bonaventuran Meditationes across Europe’, in which he is speaking on the topic of ‘The Middle English Meditationes vitae Christi: Corpus or Repertoire?’. In July at the Leeds International Medieval Congress 2015 Ian is the Respondent at a session on Reform and Renewal in Late Medieval Devotional Compilations sponsored by The Devotional Compilations Project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

On 10 July, Professor Gill Plain will be giving a plenary lecture at the Crime Fiction and Community conference in Edinburgh. The conference will be held at Edinburgh College of Art, and Gill's talk, which focuses on the work of novelist and TV scriptwriter George Pelecanos, is entitled, 'Precarious Life? Policing Gender and Community in Contemporary American Crime Narrative'.  On 14 July, Gill will be travelling to the University of Freiburg in Germany to teach a class on the British TV crime series, Life on Mars.  

On 3 August Professor Susan Sellers will give a keynote lecture at the 2nd International Conference on English Language and Literary Studies, organised this year by the Department of English in collaboration with the Chalermprakiat Center of Translation and Interpretation, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand:

Professor Don Paterson will be reading at the ‘Words in the City’ Fringe Festival at the Ilkley Literature Festival in Bradford, 6-7 June. Don will also read at Stones Barn in Cumbria on 26-28 June. On 4-5 July Don will read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival.

Professor Robert Crawford will be reading at literary festivals this summer, following the publication of his new book Young Eliot: From St Louis to the Wasteland, including this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Enniskillen International Beckett Festival.

Radio discussion of T. S. Eliot

Professor Robert Crawford discusses 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' on Radio 3

Joined by writers Imtiaz Dharker and Heather Phillipson, Professor Crawford took part in a discussion on T. S. Eliot's famous poem with presenter Ian McMillan on Radio 3s 'The Verb'. The broadcast can be listened to here:

Visiting Research Fellowship for Dr Katie Garner

From 20 June to 11 July Dr Katie Garner will be a Visiting Research Fellow at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Kaite will spend three weeks studying the letters, diaries, and manuscript drafts of Dinah Mulock Craik, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and Charlotte Yonge to uncover new information about their interest in Arthurian romance.

Publication for Dr Margaret Connolly

Dr Margaret Connolly

A volume of essays that came out of a conference organised by Dr Margaret Connolly at the British Academy in 2012 is now published, Insular Books: Vernacular Manuscript Miscellanies in Late Medieval Britain.

Postgraduate news

Rose Harris-Birtill will be presenting a paper '"Right yourself as best you may": Voicing Tragedy in David Mitchell's Libretti' at the conference ‘Current Research in Speculative Fictions’ at the University of Liverpool on 8 June.

Rebecca Hasler will give a paper, ‘Capital sin: denouncing pride and documenting London in early modern pamphlets’ at the ‘Seventeenth-Century Studies’ conference at the University of Durham, 13-15 July.   

Éadaoín Lynch is giving a paper at the Plymouth University conference, 'Alternate Spaces of War - 1914 to the Present,' on the 6-7 July. Her paper title is '"Not our war": Civilian Poets of World War Two.'

Zoë Sutherland is giving a paper at the University of Sussex conference ‘Literature and Philosophy 1500 – 1700’, 14-16 July, titled ‘“I do not feel it, I do not think of it”: Stoicism and legal authority in Ben Jonson’.

Alumna news

Dr Marina Cano will be speaking at the Symposium ‘The Transnational Circulation of Women's Writing (1780-2014): Archives, Libraries, Translation’ at Senate House, London. The title of her paper is: "Recycling the Archive: Jane Austen in the 21st Century."

During the month of July, Marina will be a Visiting Fellow at Chawton House Library (University of Southampton) where she will continue her research on Austen's reception.