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News and events archive - May 2011

New publications

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Dr Louise Wilson, Professor Neil Rhodes, Dr Pettegree and Dr Connolly have new publications this month.

Renaissance Paratexts

Louise Wilson publishes an edited collection, Renaissance Paratexts, this month with Cambridge University Press. It is co-edited with Dr Helen Smith, formerly a Teaching Fellow in the School, and features a chapter by Neil Rhodes. In the collection, scholars in early modern book history, materiality and rhetorical culture present a series of explorations of the architecture of early modern books. The chapters challenge and extend the taxonomy set out by Gérard Genette in his 1987 work, Paratexts, which established the physical form of the book as crucial to the production of meaning, and explore the paratext as both a material and a conceptual category in the English Renaissance.

Dr Jane Pettegree, who obtained her PhD from the School last year, has a monograph out with Palgrave this month entitled Foreign and Native on the English Stage, 1588-1611: Metaphor and National Identity.

Dr Margaret Connolly has a chapter entitled 'Compiling the Book' in The Production of Books in England 1350-1500 edited by Alexandra Gillespie and Daniel Wakelin and published by Cambridge University Press.

Symposium on the English Renaissance

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On Wednesday 18th May, from 2.00 – 5.00, Professor Neil Rhodes will be hosting a symposium on English Renaissance Translation in the Lawson Room in Kennedy Hall.

Symposium on the English Renaissance

The symposium will offer a preview of a new series of editions of English Renaissance translations, the MHRA Tudor and Stuart Translations. Fred Schurink (Northumbria) will speak on ‘Plutarch in Renaissance England’, Gordon Kendal (St Andrews) on "'Ignotum per ignotius?' - editorial issues in redoing Douglas's translation of the Aeneid (1513) ", Louise Wilson (St Andrews) on ‘Elizabethan Translations of Iberian Romance: The Editions of Anthony Munday’, and Guyda Armstrong (Manchester) on 'Authorizing the Italian novella: the 1620 English Decameron'.

Public appearances

Professors Lorna Hutson, Susan Sellers, John Burnside, and Meaghan Delahunt and Lesley Glaister will speak in public this month.

On 5th May, Susan Sellers will run a writing workshop as part of the Bloomsbury Adaptations conference at the University of Bath Spa prior to performances of Vanessa and Virginia, the play based on her novel, by Moving Stories Theatre; on 15th Susan will give the keynote lecture at the Demistifying Public Engagement conference at the University of Newcastle; on the 23rd May she will give a public lecture at the invitation of the University of Regensburg, Germany.

On 6th May, Lorna Hutson is giving a keynote address at 'Law Matters in Language and Literature', the 8th International Hellenic Association for the Study of English conference, at the University of Athens.

On 13th May, Lesley Glaister and Meaghan Delahunt will be reading at The Word Festival in Aberdeen.

On 23rd May, John Burnside will appear at the Dublin Writers Festival at an event entitled ‘The Jekyll and Hyde Inheritance’, where he will read his response to Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella; John will be in conversation with Adam Phillips in the Lutyens and Rubinstein Bookshop in London on the 25th May. John has recently returned from a series of readings in continental Europe and the US.

St Andrews poetry events

Drs Tom and Chris Jones, and Professors Don Patterson and Douglas Dunn take part in a poetry evening to support STAND (St Andrews Against Cuts).

On 3rd May from 5-30-7.00, Tom Jones will lead a poetry workshop in the Garden Seminar Room in Castle House on the theme ‘What Makes Poetic Language Poetic?’ This will be followed at 7.30 by poetry readings by Don Patterson, Douglas Dunn and Chris Jones in the King James Library, in St Mary’s Quad.

The American poet August Kleinzahler is to give a reading on 13th May at All Saint’s Hall as part of Stanza.

Russell Trust awards

Drs Barbara Murray and Kristine Johanson have won Russell Trust funding for their work on 'Shakespearean Adaptations'.


Professor Roe in New Zealand

From 28th March to 8th April, Nicholas Roe was Visiting Professor at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.

Prof Nicholas Roe

During his stay in New Zealand, Nick held classes for undergraduate, postgraduate and creative writing students, and gave a paper at a one-day seminar on 'Wonder' at the Turnbull Library, New Zealand National Archive. On Saturday 2nd April, he participated in a commemorative seminar in New Plymouth on John Keats's friend and collaborator, Charles Armitage Brown. There was a commemorative ceremony at Brown's grave on Marsland Hill, attended by the mayor of New Plymouth, the British Deputy High Commissioner, and numerous descendants of Charles Brown. Flowers were laid on behalf of the Keats Foundation and the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association. At a visit to New Plymouth's Puke Ariki Museum Library, Nick explored the books that accompanied Charles Brown when he emigrated in 1841, including numerous editions of Romantic-period plays and an edition of Tasso known to have been among Keats's books at his death.

Postgraduate news

PhD student Verita Sriratana is giving a number of papers this month. MLitt student Heidi Craig will present a paper on Vladimir Nabokov's critical dodging at the 'Nabokov and Morality' Symposium at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow on the 5th and 6th May.

Verita Sriratana

On 12th May, Verita Sriratana will be presenting a paper entitled "'In so narrow a space you must choose your note and strike it firmly': Virginia Woolf’s Essays as Spaces of Juxtaposition and Creative Appropriation" at the "In Comparison: Juxtapositions, Correspondences, and Differentiations in English Studies": the 20th Annual Conference of the Polish Association for the Study of English to be held at Nicholas Copernicus University, Torun, Poland. On 18th May, Verita will be a visiting speaker at the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Education, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. The title of her talk is "'My Receptacle of a Mind': Spatial Metaphors in Virginia Woolf's Essays." Between 28th-30th May, she will be giving a paper entitled "'Carrying consciousness like a feather on the top, marking the direction, not controlling it': Virginia Woolf and Buddhist Consciousness" at the 4th International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature, and the Arts at the University of Lincoln.

Alumna news

Former student Caroline Crew has been awarded a fully funded Masters place at Oxford University. While studying in St Andrews, Caroline won the School’s dissertation prize as well as a Bobby Jones scholarship.