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School of English News - Jan 2019


British Literature in Transition 1940-1960: Postwar

British Literature in Transition 1940-1960: PostwarProfessor Gill Plain celebrated the publication of her edited collection, British Literature in Transition 1940-1960: Postwar (with Cambridge University Press). Resplendent in racing green, it was published alongside two of its companion volumes in the series of which Gill is General Editor, Futility and Anarchy and Flower Power.

To find out more about the series, which reconsiders the story of twentieth–century literature, see the interview with Gill on YouTube




Forging the Mermaid

Dr Katie GarnerDr Katie Garner from the School of English has been awarded a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant for her 'Forging the Mermaid' project – which will go towards her new monograph on Deep Romantics: Underwater Worlds and the Literary Imagination.

The Carnegie funding will pay for Katie to visit archives of mermaid material in Scotland and Ireland and to investigate the wealth of literary works and literary forgeries about mermaids.




Multiple awards for Emma Sutton

Dr Emma Sutton‌Dr Emma Sutton from the School of English has won the first award the School has ever had from Scottish Funding Council Official Development Assistance GCRF Funding and a Royal Society of Edinburgh award.

The GCRF award will bring two Samoan musicologists with whom Emma is collaborating on the Robert Louis Stevenson project to St Andrews for filming, research visits to Scottish museums' Pacific holdings and network planning; the RSE award is for Emma to do archival work in Samoa, Hawaii and California.




Two award wins for Oliver Emanuel

Oliver Emanuel (photographer: Eoin Carey)In a double triumph, Oliver Emanuel from the School of English won the Tinniswood Prize for Best Radio Drama for his play When The Pips Stop.

Audio-dramatist, playwright and screenwriter Sarah Woods presented Oliver Emanuel with the Award for the best original audio drama script and a cheque for £3,000 at the BBC's Audio Drama Awards on 3 February 2019.

He also won for Best Series at the BBC for The Truth About Hawaii which was produced and directed by Kirsty Williams, for BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 4.




Homemaking: Radical Nostalgia and the Construction of a South Asian Diaspora

Homemaking: Radical Nostalgia and the Construction of a South Asian Diaspora book coverDr Anindya Raychaudhuri from the School of English published Homemaking: Radical Nostalgia and the Construction of a South Asian Diaspora with Rowman & Littlefield.

The book examines diasporic life in south Asian communities in Europe, North America and Australia, to map the ways in which members of these communities use nostalgia to construct distinctive identities.




Inventing Edward Lear

Inventing Edward Lear book coverDr Sara Lodge from the School of English published her ground-breaking thematic study of Edward Lear's work across poetry, music, art and natural history – Inventing Edward Lear from Harvard University Press and celebrated with a launch at Toppings Bookshop, St Andrews.

She will also appear at this year's STANZA festival in an event entitled The Music of Edward Lear together with award-winning musicians David Owen Norris and Mark Wilde.  You can find information and book tickets here

Inventing Edward Lear examines Lear's musical sound-world and the importance of his background as a musician and composer to his most famous nonsense poems and also deals with image and text in Lear's artistic work, with his self-elected membership of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and with other neglected aspects of his self-invention, from his religious nonconformity to his life-long habit of self-caricature.

You can visit Sara’s page on Edward Lear's musical sound-world here

Sara's work on Edward Lear has been funded by the Carnegie Trust, the Russell Trust, the Leverhulme Foundation and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.




Six Scottish Courtly and Chivalric Poems

Six Scottish Courtly and Chivalric Poems book coverDr Rhiannon Purdie from The School of English published Six Scottish Courtly and Chivalric Poems, Including Lyndsay's Squyer Meldrum (co-edited with Emily Wingfield).

The edition is published by Medieval Institute Publications in the TEAMS series. The aim of the TEAMS Middle English text series is to make available to teachers and students texts which occupy an important place in the literary and cultural canon but which have not been readily available in student editions. This project was part of the fruit of Rhiannon's Fulbright Scholarship.




Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years

Wordsworth and Coleridge book coverProfessor Nick Roe from the School of English published the second edition of Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years (first published in 1988).

The second edition has been revised, updated and expanded, with new illustrations and a new cover image featuring David Cox's 1844 painting, Lancaster Sands.




The Fall at Home : New and Collected Aphorisms

The Fall at Home : New and Collected Aphorisms book coverProf Don Paterson from the School of English published The Fall at Home : New and Collected Aphorisms (Faber & Faber).

Don celebrated with launches in Edinburgh and Toppings Bookshop, St Andrews which featured a mix of aphorisms, beautiful jazz guitar playing and poems old and new.




Feeling Faint

Feeling FaintDr Giulio Pertile from the School of English published Feeling Faint (Northwestern University Press) a book about human consciousness in its most basic sense: the awareness, at any given moment, that we live and feel.

Such awareness, it argues, is distinct from the categories of selfhood to which it is often assimilated, and can only be uncovered at the margins of first-person experience.




Sixteenth-Century Readers, Fifteenth-Century Books

16th Century Readers, 15th Century BooksMargaret Connolly's new monograph Sixteenth-Century Readers, Fifteenth-Century Books: Continuities of Reading in the English Reformation, reveals what a long shelf-life medieval books enjoyed. More than a century after they were first written, medieval legal, medical, and religious texts continued to reach new readers in both manuscript and printed forms.

Focused on a Middlesex gentry family this study shows how old manuscripts were read, annotated, supplemented with new materials, and handed down through two generations. Medieval devotional texts and books of hours remained especially popular, despite the religious changes introduced by successive Tudor monarchs.

Published by Cambridge University Press in their series Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology, this detailed account of manuscript reception will transform perceptions of the later medieval book amongst medievalists and early modernists alike.




Ian Johnson presentation in Prague

Dr Ian Johnson photoFrom 15 to 17 November 2018 Ian Johnson attended the 15th International Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship, Author as an Editor and Editor as Author, held in Prague at Charles University, at which he delivered a presentation entitled “Reformatting Doctrine: Self-Editorial Dissonance and Consonance in the Works of Reginald Pecock”.

Ian also chaired a session in The Baroque Refectory of the Dominican Convent of St. Giles.




Postgraduate News

Race & Poetry, a conversationZein Sa'Dedin, a poet and currently studying an MFA in Creative Writing at the School of English at the University of St Andrews contributed alongside three other BAME poets in Scotland to the Race & Poetry in Scotland event at The Scottish Poetry Library last November.




Alumna News

David Mitchell's Post Secular WorldDr Rose Harris-Birtill from the School of English published the academic monograph, David Mitchell’s Post-Secular World: Buddhism, Belief and the Urgency of Compassion from Bloomsbury Academic.