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School of English news - Sept-Oct 2016

The Book of Iona

Book of Iona‌Professor Robert Crawford has published a new anthology of writings on the island of Iona with Polygon Press. The Book of Iona contains the writings of novelists, poets, saints and sinners over the centuries on Iona, and includes many new, specially commissioned Iona stories and poems from writers such as Meg Bateman, Jennie Erdal, Meaghan Delahunt, Candia McWilliam, Ruth Thomas and Alice Thompson. Amongst the earlier materials are poems attributed to St Columba in modern translations by Edwin Morgan and Robert Crawford, as well as amusing accounts of their visits to the island by Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, and John Keats.

Professor Crawford will be launching The Book of Iona in Toppings Bookshop in St Andrews on 5 October at 8pm.

Marvell Society Journal accepted for Open Access

Marvell Studies, which is edited by Dr Matthew Augustine, has been accepted onto a gold standard open-access platform with the Open Library of Humanities.

Marvell Studies is the official journal of the Andrew Marvell Society, and aims to bring together scholars from around the world working in the Early Modern Period. The Open Library of the Humanities is an academic-led, gold standard open-access platform funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The move will bring new attention to the journal, and will make its contents freely available. The website of the Andrew Marvell Society is maintained by Dr Augustine and hosted by the School of English.

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Memories of the 1947 India/Pakistan partition

On 24 September, Dr Anindya Raychaudhuri will be speaking on memories of the 1947 India/Pakistan partition at the South Bank Centre, London.

Dr Raychaudhuri’s talk will be part of Sound Frontiers, a special event celebrating seven decades of pioneering music and culture for the 70th anniversary of The Third Programme with BBC Radio 3 at London’s Southbank Centre. The event will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from Monday 3 October – Friday 7 October at 10:45pm and available to listen again on the Radio 3 website.

Woolf as feminist thinker

Fifty-One Key Feminist ThinkersProfessor Susan Sellers has contributed an article on Virginia Woolf to a new collection Fifty One Key Feminist Thinkers.

Fifty One Key Feminist Thinkers contains entries on key historical and contemporary feminist thinkers, all of which have been authored by women who are themselves recognized for their feminist work. The book is published this month by Routledge, and the ‘fifty-one’ of the title refers to the fact that women form fifty-one percent of the population. Topics covered include art, politics, literature, education, classics, gender studies, film, queer theory, global affairs, political theory, science fiction, African American studies, sociology, American studies, geography, history, philosophy, poetry, and psychoanalysis.

Postgraduate News

Rose Harris-BirthillDoctoral researcher Rose Harris-Birtill has been awarded the Founder's Prize for New Scholars by the International Society for the Society of Time (ISST). The prize, which is awarded every three years, recognises outstanding critical or creative work by a new academic that makes an original contribution to the study of time. Rose received the prize for her academic paper, "'Looking down time's telescope at myself': reincarnation and global futures in David Mitchell's fictional worlds", which she presented at the ISST's 16th Triennial Conference in Edinburgh over the summer. Her entry will be published in the ISST's journal, KronoScope.

Doctoral researchers Abe Davies, Florence Hazrat, and Peter Sutton presented papers at the biannual British Shakespeare Association Conference, in Hull from 8-11 September. Their topics included ghosts in Hamlet, sounds and borders, and Cymbeline in 2016. Further details of the conference can be found here

Alumni News

Ben Davies book cover‌Former doctoral student Ben Davies' monograph, Sex, Time, and Space in Contemporary Fiction: Exceptional Intercourse, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan this month. Based on his PhD thesis, this book takes the concept of ‘exceptionality’ to open up new ways to consider the sex-time-space nexus in contemporary fiction, as well as to provide a rigorous exploration of narrative form, narrative relations and the practice of reading itself. Ben, now Lecturer in English at the University of Portsmouth, was also appointed to the Executive Committee of University English in April this year.

Former doctoral student Doyeeta Majumder has been offered an Assistant Professorship at Shiv Nadar University, New Delhi, after successfully completing a one-year Teaching Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh.