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School of English news - May 2015

Book publications

Gael and Lowlander in Scottish LiteratureDr Christopher MacLachlan, emeritus senior lecturer in the School, has published:

Gael And Lowlander In Scottish Literature: Cross-currents in Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century with co-editor Ronald W. Renton.

The nineteenth century saw the romanticisation of the Highlander, the rise of tartanry and the emergence of the modern Scottish tourist industry. It also witnessed the worst excesses of the Clearances and the beginnings of an exodus from the Highlands to the industrial cities of Scotland and to the colonies. The languages, peoples and cultures of Highland and Lowland Scotland mixed and mingled as never before, influencing and shaping each other in often unexpected ways.

Lord Rochester in the Restoration WorldGael and Lowlander in Scottish Literature, a follow-up to Crossing the Highland Line: Cross-Currents in Eighteenth-Century Scottish Writing (2009), explores the interactions and intersections between Highland and Lowland poetry, prose, drama and song, in English, Scots and Gaelic. Ranging from Sir Walter Scott to the writers and artists of the fin de siècle Celtic Revival, these fourteen essays, including one on Robert Louis Stevenson by Dr MacLachlan, show how the crossing and re-crossing of the Highland Line shaped Scottish literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and how it continues to do so today. The book is published by Scottish Literature International).

Cambridge University Press has published a volume of essays edited by Matthew Augustine and Steven Zwicker, titled Lord Rochester in the Restoration World. This interdisciplinary collection of essays by leading scholars focuses new attention on, and brings fresh perspectives to, the writings of John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester (1647–1680), the notorious and brilliant libertine poet of King Charles II's court, who has long been considered an embodiment of the Restoration era.

Lectures, talks, readings and radio broadcasts

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Dr Jane Stabler in Radio 3 programme, paper, talks and international conference organised by Professor Lorna Hutson, seminar organised by Professor Neil Rhodes, George Parker Winship lecture and other lectures and talks by Professor Robert Crawford, conference organised by Professor Nick Roe, paper by Dr Nora Bartlett, readings and events by Professor Don Paterson, invited talks by Dr Ian Johnson.

On 17 April Dr Jane Stabler took part in the Radio 3 programme ‘The Verb’ on the subject of literary annotation.

Impounded as a StrayProfessor Lorna Hutson gave the paper ‘“Impounded as a Stray”: Scotland in the English Legal Imaginary’ at a conference she co-organised with Bradin Cormack at Princeton University on 17-18 April, the ‘English Legal Imaginary Part I’. While visiting Princeton, Professor Hutson also spoke at the Princeton Graduate Colloquium on ‘Circumstantial Shakespeare’, the subject of her 2012 Oxford Wells Lectures and title of her forthcoming book.

The second part of the ‘English Legal Imaginary’, co-organised by Professor Hutson and Professor Cormack was held at St Andrews on 1-2 May. The University hosted scholars including Subha Mukherji, Quentin Skinner, David Ibbetson, James Sharpe, and Martin Butler. 

On 22 April Professor Hutson spoke at the Berkeley Renaissance Graduate Seminar on ‘Circumstantial Shakespeare’ and on 24 April she gave a keynote lecture at the Berkeley Graduate conference

Together with Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex) Professor Neil Rhodes led a seminar on 'The Digital Humanities: Interdisciplinary Research Opportunities and Methods in Literature, Translation and Cultural Studies' at the University of Granada on 7 April. 

On 23 April Professor Robert Crawford gave the George Parker Winship lecture at the Houghton Library at Harvard. The title of Professor Crawford’s lecture, ‘Ragged Claws: T.S. Eliot’s Prufrock at 100’ is that of a current exhibition at Harvard to celebrate the publication in 1915 of Eliot’s ‘The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock’ and is taken from the poem: ‘I should have been a pair of ragged claws / Scuttling across the floors of silent seas’.

Professor Nick Roe, as Chair of the Keats Foundation, is organising and will be speaking at a bicentenary conference to be held at Guy’s Hospital, London, on 1-3 May: 'John Keats, Poet-Physician/Physician-Poet, 1815-1821’. St Andrews’ postgraduate researcher Hrileena Ghosh is administrator of the Conference, and will also be presenting a paper. Other organisers include Richard Marggraf Turley from Aberystwyth University and Sarah Wootton from Durham University. Keynote speakers include Stuart Curran (University of Pennsylvania); Druin Burch (Oxford University Hospitals); Jenny Uglow, distinguished biographer and author of In these Times; Bob White (University of Western Australia, Perth); Damian Walford Davies (Cardif University); and Jeffrey Cox (University of Colorado at Boulder). The conference, which marks the bicentenary of John Keats beginning his medical studies at Guy’s, has attracted 44 speakers in all.

From 4-9 May Professor Roe will be visiting the University of Malta. On 6 May he will be speaking at the National Library of Malta. 

On 7 May Professor Robert Crawford will be speaking on T.S. Eliot, ‘From St Louis to The Waste Land’ at the Swindon Literature Festival

On 8 May Professor Crawford will give a talk on his new book about T.S. Eliot, Young Eliot, at the Poetry Next-the-Sea Festival in Norfolk.

On 25 May Professor Crawford will be at the Charleston Festival, giving a talk based on Young Eliot, in conversation with Fiona Shaw.

Dr Nora Bartlett is giving a paper on Sanditon and Suspense at the Kelvingrove Gallery for the Jane Austen Society on 16 May.

Don Paterson is taking part on 11 May in a celebration of the haiku at Kings College London, ‘Poet in the City’, where haiku will be performed in Japanese and English, and will be illustrated live as the readings are given.

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On 12 May Professor Paterson will give readings and join in conversation with Durs Grünbein at Keats House in London. Tickets are available here.

On 16 May Professor Paterson will join fellow British and German colleagues of the Royal Society of Literature and German Academy, Simon Armitage, Marcel Beyer, Alfred Brendel, Durs Grünbein, A. L. Kennedy, Terézia Mora, Don Paterson and Imtiaz Dharker for an evening on British and German literature at the German Academy for Language and Literature in London. 

On 20 May Professor Paterson will read at George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh.

Crawford St Andrews photographyOn 23 May Professor Paterson is speaking at ‘The Languages of Literature’ conference at the University of York, a conference that will celebrate the contribution of Derek Attridge to literary criticism.

On 26-27 May Professor Paterson will read and speak at HowTheLightGetsIn, the philosophy and music festival at Hay.

Professor Robert Crawford is giving The London Library Lecture at Hay, on his biography of T.S. Eliot, Young Eliot, with readings by Miranda Richardson.

Professor Robert Crawford has made a BBC Radio 4 programmeabout strontium. The programme developed out of Robert Crawford’s fascination with science and poetry. 

The School of Night - inspired by the group, which included Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh, and curated by Professor Don Paterson – takes place on 5 May at 8pm in Toppings bookshop in St Andrews and will feature Jacob Polley, Jonathan Durie and Professor Robert Crawford.

Jacob Polley Toppings

Dr Ian Johnson has been invited to speak at the meeting of Working Group 2 (Theoretical Approaches) entitled 'New Communities of Interpretation (1350-1570)’. The meeting, to be held at the University of Hull, Blaydes House, 20-22 May, has the theme ‘Theoretical Approaches to Dialogic inNew Communities of Interpretation’, and Ian’s presentation is entitled 'Theoretical and Pragmatic Dialogics in Nicholas Love’s Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ’. 

Ian is also an invited participant in the colloquium organised by the Religious Miscellanies Research Group: Religious Miscellanies: an interdisciplinary collaborative workshop, on 20 May, at the University of Hull, Blaydes House. 


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Awards for Dr Louise Wilson, Dr Margaret Connolly, and Dr Chris Jones and Dr Ian Johnson.

Dr Louise Wilson has been awarded a Folger Short-Term Fellowship to spend one month at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC in 2015-16. She will be making a study of an annotated copy of the best-selling early modern chivalric romance, Anthony Munday's Amadis de Gaule, in the Folger rare books collection.

Dr Margaret Connolly has been awarded a Short Term Visiting Research Fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub, which is the Arts and Humanities Research Institute at Trinity College Dublin, for a 2-week period during 2015-16. She will use this to work on various 15th and 16th century manuscripts held in the library, in relation to two different projects.

Dr Chris Jones’ and Dr Ian Johnson’s ‘Seamus Heaney: Five Fables’ app has won the Torc Award for Best App at the Celtic Media Festival. Produced alongside the animated TV series Five Fables, the app features medieval Scots fables written by 15th century poet Robert Henryson, translated by Seamus Heaney, and narrated by Billy Connolly.

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Postgraduate news

News from Claudia Daventry, Eadaoin Lynch, Hrileena Ghosh.

Claudia Daventry is giving a paper on ‘Heaney to Hegarty’ at 'A Place for Poetry' conference at Goldsmiths on 7 May (keynote Paul Muldoon) and has a poem in the Bloodaxe anthology 'Hallelujah for 50ft Women' out next week, Her poem ‘The Oligarch Loses His Patience’ (which won the inaugural Ruskin Prize) will appear in the next issue of POEM magazine. Claudia also has an essay on 'Stillborn Language' in the upcoming anniversary edition of The Dark Horse.

Eadaoin Lynch has been granted a travel bursary from the European Society for the Study of English to access manuscript archives (in Columbia University, Harvard, and the New York Public Library) of papers belonging to Louis MacNeice and Dylan Thomas.

Hrileena Ghosh will be presenting a paper entitled 'Endymion and the Physiology of Passion' at the conference 'John Keats: Poet-Physician, Physician-Poet', organised by the Keats Foundation at Guy's Hospital, on Sunday 3 May.