Masterpieces of Old English Poetry

Masterpieces of Old English Poetry, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.

The course will introduce Old English poetic tradition focusing on its key themes and ideas, poetic form, issues of composition and transmission, and indebtedness to European culture. Students will become familiar with a variety of genres including epic, narrative Christian verse, elegies and riddles. Students will be able to explore some of the most famous Old English poetic masterpieces, such as Beowulf, The Dream of the Rood, The Wanderer and The Seafarer. The texts will be read in translation with extracts studied in the original.

The Oxford University Summer School for Adults programme is designed to appeal to mature students with a life-long passion for learning. This course will be taught be Dr Elizabeth Solopova, a Research Fellow at the English Faculty and New College, University of Oxford.

Comprehensive information regarding fees, dates, entry requirements, and accreditation can be found online at www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/oussa.

KCL Book Launch

Book Launch

6.30pm on Friday 9 December, Council Room, King’s College London

 – Ben Hutchinson, Lateness and Modern European Literature (OUP, 2016)

– Karen Leeder (ed.), Figuring Lateness in Modern German Culture, a special edition of New German Critique (2015)

– Gordon McMullan and Sam Smiles, Late Style and its Discontents (OUP, 2016)

Directions
The Council Room at King’s is in the original building that faces Somerset House looking west; from the Strand, it’s behind (i.e. south of) the Strand Building, which is the concrete block facing St Mary-le-Strand (the church in the middle of the road). You go through the Strand Building revolving doors and straight on through (walking south) to the King’s Building; then you go up the stone stairs to your left to the next level; head south again and the Council Room is on your right.

Translation: A Very Short Introduction by Matthew Reynolds

Translation: A Very Short Introduction by Matthew Reynolds

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Translation is everywhere, and matters to everybody. Translation doesn’t only give us foreign news, dubbed films and instructions for using the microwave: without it, there would be no world religions, and our literatures, our cultures, and our languages would be unrecognisable.

In this Very Short Introduction, Matthew Reynolds (BCLA Secretary) gives an authoritative and thought-provoking account of the field, from ancient Akkadian to World English, from St Jerome to Google Translate. He shows how translation determines meaning, how it matters in commerce, empire, conflict and resistance, and why it is fundamental to literature and the arts.

Read a blogpost about the book here, and for further details please follow this link.

MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities

The MHRA (Modern Humanities Research Association) is looking for a second postgraduate editor for its online journal, MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities. Working Papers was launched in 2006 and is aimed at early career researchers and postgraduates.

The successful applicant will serve as a second postgraduate representative to the MHRA Executive Committee, attending three committee meetings per year in London and advising on postgraduate matters. The position will also involve an element of conference organisation. For further information about the work of the MHRA.

This position starts in January 2017 and ends in December 2018. Whilst unpaid, it offers invaluable experience in the world of academic publishing, as well as representing a chance to work constructively for the future of the Humanities more broadly. Applications are welcome from postgraduates working in any of the ‘modern humanities’, defined as relating to the modern and medieval languages, literatures and cultures of Europe (including English and the Slavonic languages, and the cultures of the European diaspora).

Applicants should send a CV and cover letter (in a single Word file, please), together with a letter of support from their supervisor, as email attachments to Mrs Ann Keith, Assistant Secretary, by 5 December 2016. Informal enquiries are welcome and may be addressed to the current representative, Eleanor Dobson.

CFP: Critical Insights, Edith Wharton

Please see below the call for essays for a forthcoming volume on Edith Wharton. The volume is part of the series Critical Insights (Salem Press) and will appear in Fall 2017. More information can be found here.

Following the guidelines for the series, I seek essays (4000-5000 words) that are accessible to high school students and undergraduates, and are meant to:

 Provide undergraduates with a comprehensive introduction to the author’s works, as well as the various approaches students are likely to encounter and study in their classrooms.

 Help students build a foundation for studying works in greater depth by introducing them to key concepts, contexts, critical approaches, and vocabulary in literary scholarship.

The format of each volume is standard, and will include:

 A “biographical” essay (2000 words) that gives an overview of Wharton’s life

 A “historical background” essay (4000-5000 words) that addresses how the time period influenced Wharton as well as what makes her work relevant to a modern audience. The essay should consider a variety of contexts in which Wharton’s work is usually placed.

 A “critical reception” essay (4000-5000 words) that reviews the history of critical responses to Wharton’s oeuvre, and addresses the major concerns that scholars have identified over the years. The essay should be a comprehensive overview of criticism rather than a focused analysis of specific perspectives.

 A “critical lens” essay (4000-5000 words) that offers a close reading of Wharton’s work(s) from a particular critical standpoint (e.g. gender studies, cultural studies, disability studies, etc).

 A “comparative analysis” essay (4000-5000 words) that analyses Wharton in the light of another (similar or contemporary) author.

In addition: the volume will include ten 5000-word essays, which will offer various critical readings of Wharton’s work. Topics could address (but are not limited to):

 Wharton and the First World War; Wharton and race; Wharton and feminism; queer readings of Wharton’s works; Wharton and cosmopolitanism; Wharton and modernism; Wharton as an architectural historian; Wharton’s works in comparison with other writers (American or not); Wharton in a transatlantic context; Wharton and animal studies; Wharton and disability; Wharton and other genres (e.g. Gothic); Wharton in film; Wharton as a travel writer, etc.

I welcome topics that reflect the main critical approaches to Wharton’s oeuvre, as well as recent reevaluations of her work. Essays that incorporate a range of Wharton’s texts are strongly encouraged. Readings and approaches should not be dated nor so cutting-edge as to be dated in the next 10 years.

Please send an abstract (500-1000 words) and a brief CV by November 30, 2016 to:

Myrto Drizou, PhD, Department of English, Valdosta State University, Valdosta GA 31698, mdrizou@valdosta.edu

Notification of acceptance by December 15, 2016. Complete first drafts (5000 words) due by March 15, 2017.