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School of English news - April 2016


Ecology and Modernism

Dr Christina AltChristina Alt has been awarded a 10-month Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a project entitled Modernist Roots: Early Ecology and Modernist Literature in Britain, 1900-1945. Christina's project explores the significance of the fact that modernism as a literary movement and ecology as an institutionalised scientific discipline emerged concurrently in Britain in the early twentieth century. The work will examine how writers as disparate as H. G. Wells, D. H. Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, and Virginia Woolf deployed ecological ideas in recognisable yet distinctive ways in their work.




New version of the Oresteia trilogy

'This Restless House', Zinnie Harris's trilogy of three new plays based on the Oresteia opens at the Citizens Theatre Glasgow. A National Theatre of Scotland / Citizens Theatre co-production, 'This Restless House' takes Aeschylus' original drama and re-imagines it with the women at the centre of the story. On Sat 30th April, Sat 7th May and Sat 14th May all three plays can be watched back-to-back; evening performances are of single plays only. http://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/content/default.asp?page=home_ThisRestlessHouse




Radio Rankin

Gill Plain's radio programme in conversation with Susan Cahill about Ian Rankin will be broadcast Sunday April 3rd on newstalk.com, and subsequently will be made available as a podcast at www.newstalk.ie/talkingbooks




Loch Computer

Lighthouse

Loch Computer, an exhibition organized by Robert Crawford and photographer Norman McBeath, will bring together computer scientists, artists, poets, short-story writers, literary scholars and digital humanities specialists, to focus on the Hebridean island of Iona and examine the meaning of remoteness and connectedness in the modern digital era.

Hosted by the Edinburgh College of Arts, the exhibition involves imaginative collaborative installations such as that between McBeath and print-maker Leena Nammari based on the account of Jerusalem given to a seventh-century abbot of Iona (who had never seen Palestine) by a traveller shipwrecked on the Hebridean island. The Iona Machine (aka 'qraqrbox') invented by computer scientist Al Dearle to deliver "puddles of internet" to remote places that lack broadband access, providing specially commissioned poems in Gaelic and English by Meg Bateman, Robert Crawford, and Peter Mackay.

Short-story writers Meaghan Delahunt, Jennie Erdal, Sara Lodge, Victoria Mackenzie, Candia McWilliam, Ruth Thomas, Alice Thompson, also join Edinburgh-based computer scientist Dave Robertson, originally from Shetland, in the exhibition.

Loch Computer can be seen at Edinburgh College of Art's Tent Gallery, Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE from Monday 28 March 2 to Friday 8 April, Monday to Saturday, 2pm-5pm. For more information go to: http://lochcomputer.weebly.com/




Conferences and Talks

Emma Sutton is speaking at the AGM of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain on the topic 'Annotating Woolf' on 9 April

Rhiannon Purdie is co-hosting with Thomas Hahn 'The Older Scots Literature and Culture' conference, 9-10 May

Lorna Hutson will give the British Academy Shakespeare lecture, 'The Shakespearean unscene' on 12 May

Phillip Mallet will be giving the opening lecture, on 'Kipling and the Ethics of Adventure', at the Kipling in India conference on 26 April

Ian Johnson is co-organising a colloquium 'New Communities of Interpretation (1350-1570)', 22-24 March 2016, and presenting a paper entitled Syllogistic Polemic Meets Everyday Craft and Custom: Reginald Pecock's Interdiscursive Communal Brokerage

Ian Johnson is a plenary speaker at "This tretice, by me compiled": Late Medieval Devotional Compilations in England, 30 March-2 April 2016

Emma Sutton is speaking at the AGM of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain on the topic 'Annotating Woolf'. Senate House, London, 9 April. http://www.virginiawoolfsociety.co.uk/vw_event.htm

Rhiannon Purdie is co-hosting with Thomas Hahn 'The Older Scots Literature and Culture' conference at the University of Rochester's Robbins Library, 9-10 May http://olderscots.weebly.com/

Lorna Hutson will give the British Academy Shakespeare lecture, 'The Shakespearean unscene', at Shakespeare's Globe on 12 May. http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2016/The_Shakespearean_unscene.cfm

Phillip Mallet will be giving the opening lecture, on 'Kipling and the Ethics of Adventure', at the Kipling in India conference in Shimla, hosted by the Indian Institute for Advanced Study, 26th April.

Ian Johnson is, with Drs Ana Maria Rodrigues, Lucie Dole┼żalová (Prague), Géraldine Vesseyrre (Sorbonne) and Elise Boillet (Tours) co-organising a colloquium within the EU-funded network of 23 countries, COST-Action IS1301 'New Communities of Interpretation (1350-1570)' www.rug.nl/let/costaction-is1301. This is hosted at the University de Lisbon, 22-24 March 2016, and has the theme 'Religious Practices and Everyday Life (1350-1570)'. Ian will be presenting a paper to the conference entitled Syllogistic Polemic Meets Everyday Craft and Custom: Reginald Pecock's Interdiscursive Communal Brokerage.

Ian Johnson is a plenary speaker at "This tretice, by me compiled": Late Medieval Devotional Compilations in England, a conference held at the University of Lausanne, 30 March-2 April 2016 as the culmination of the Swiss National Science Foundation project 'Late Medieval Religiosity in England: The Evidence of Late Fourteenth and Fifteenth Century Devotional Compilations', based at the University of Lausanne. The title of Ian's lecture is Theorising the Religious Miscellany: Problems and Possibilities. Margaret Connolly is also giving a paper 'Reading Late Medieval Devotional Compilations in the Sixteenth Century' http://wp.unil.ch/devotionalcompilations




Postgraduate News

Zoë Sutherland has been awarded a funded place at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC

Karin Koehler has been awarded a two month fellowship at the Huntington Library in California

St Andrews PhD graduate Anna West will be presenting a paper entitled 'From Dorset to Detroit: Thomas Hardy’s Defense of "Ancient Earthworks"' at the annual Midwest Victorian Studies Association conference

Amanda Merritt will be teaching an 8 week creative writing course on Wednesdays 7-8pm from May 4th at Waid Academy

Zoë Sutherland has been awarded a funded place at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC for May - June to attend the seminar 'More's Utopia: Humanist Literature and Political Thought' and to continue her doctoral research on indivdiualism in Ben Jonson with the benefit of the Folger's resources. http://www.folger.edu/ While in the US, Zoë will also attend the annual Law and Society conference in New Orleans on the theme of 'At the Delta: Belonging, Place and Visions of Law and Social Change'. Zoë has been invited to speak on a panel about interpreting 'influence' in legal history, and will give a paper about Jonson and the influential early modern scholar Daniel Heinsius' 'On Plot in Tragedy', titled '"And if it were not true it would still seem true": is the question of influence in legal history a poetic one?' http://www.lawandsociety.org/NewOrleans2016/neworleans2016.html

Karin Koehler, who graduated with a PhD from St Andrews two years ago, has been awarded a two month fellowship at the Huntington Library in California while she works on epistolarity and Victorian poetry. Karin’s co-edited book Private and Public Voices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Letters and Letter-Writing has also just come out with Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Former St Andrews PhD graduate Anna West will be presenting a paper entitled 'From Dorset to Detroit: Thomas Hardy’s Defense of "Ancient Earthworks"' at the annual Midwest Victorian Studies Association conference, hosted by the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Amanda Merritt will be teaching an 8 week creative writing course on Wednesdays 7-8pm from May 4th at Waid Academy. For more details write to communityuse.waid@fife.gov.uk