Transitions Module: Study Opportunities in the City

Transitions Module: Study Opportunities in the City

This year, Level 6 students taking the module 'Transitions: Identity in the Inter-War Years' were lucky enough to enjoy two fantastic and relevant events right on their doorsteps. In October we went to see the exhibition Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919-1933 at Tate Liverpool. Although it was particularly relevant to one of the texts on the module, Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin (1939), it also gave us a much broader sense of the period. Students found the intense portrait photographs by August Sander difficult to look at with a sense of what was to come. They also found his organisation of experience particularly compelling: ‘I loved seeing how the Sander photographs were paired with a timeline of the interwar years. It was also brilliant to see the categorisation of a poor woman as "the city", rather than any class of people.’ The Otto Dix paintings, whether engaging with his war experiences or with life in the Weimanr Republic, were challenging but stimulating. ‘Some of the...
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LJMU English Interns Co-Organises Cockpit-Phoenix Symposium in London

LJMU English Interns Co-Organises Cockpit-Phoenix Symposium in London

I had just graduated from LJMU with a 1st class BA (Hons) in English Literature when I heard about the internship. At first I assumed (never assume) that the internship would not be for graduating students. After speaking with Dr Rebecca Bailey I was assured otherwise, and I quickly sent in my application. The main interest for me was the historical aspect. Though my passion is English literature, my great love is history, and the early-modern period is such an interesting period that I was incredibly excited by the project. The opportunity to help out at a symposium with Rebecca and Dr Eva Griffith, an independent theatre historian, was a fantastic prospect as a student…and to have the opportunity to spend some time at the London Metropolitan Archives was almost too much excitement. So, I went to my interview with everything crossed. I was thrilled to be one of two interns chosen. My fellow intern, Alina Burwitz, second-year undergraduate student on the...
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LJMU English Interns Create World Literature Website

LJMU English Interns Create World Literature Website

Rupert French, Emily Richardson and Katie Taylor, soon-to-be graduates in English at LJMU, have recently completed an internship to create a World Literature website blog. Rupert, Emily and Katie built on the knowledge they gained from our third-year optional “World Literature” module and translated it into an informative online resource. This project testifies to the commitment, abilities and independent thinking of our students, who worked as a team with support from the module leader. The World Literature website showcases the promising work done by the 2016-17 cohort of our World Literature module at LJMU: it includes introductions to key concepts and texts explored in the module, a gallery of student work, and video recordings of presentations from the World Literature Constellation. This was a public student symposium held as part of Tate Liverpool Constellation last January, which benefited from the partnership between LJMU and Tate Foundation. This website also aims to be a resource for future students planning to take...
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Don’t want to leave us? Come and Study on our Masters by Research!

Don’t want to leave us? Come and Study on our Masters by Research!

LJMU English welcomes applications for our MRes programme for 2017-18. This is a year-long course that gives you the opportunity to realise a research project of your own devising, under guidance from an individual supervisor and alongside a lively community of postgraduate students within and beyond the English department. You’ll learn about new critical approaches in literary studies, attend workshops on professional skills from writing for publication to creating podcasts, take part in a research retreat at Gladstone's Library in Hawarden and encounter a wide range of specialist interests in the department through research seminars and reading groups. Come and develop your research skills with us! See the postgraduate pages on this site or for further information and application links see the University web page: https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/courses/postgraduates/english. Please note that the deadline for applications is Monday 17th July, 2017. We will consider applications after this date but places may not be available. Remember too that if you are an LJMU Alumni, you should be eligible for a 20%...
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PhD student Ryan Coogan on Teaching at Southern Connecticut State University

PhD student Ryan Coogan on Teaching at Southern Connecticut State University

From August to December 2017, LJMU English PhD student Ryan Coogan spent a semester teaching and researching at LJMU's transatlantic partner Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. Ryan's thesis focusses upon the work of five key 20th century artists who are primarily known as poets, but have also worked extensively in other forms of media. In Southern's Professor Charles Baraw, who visited the LJMU English department last year, he found a fellow fan of the work of Susan Howe, and together they collaborated on the design of some challenging material and assignments as part of the 2017/18 version of Professor Baraw's 'Contemporary American Poetry' module.  Work and study abroad adds a highly competitive edge to any cv, and the unique relationship between Southern and LJMU has been established to ensure as many of our students as possible can gain that international advantage. At LJMU's 2017 Teaching and Learning Conference, Ryan, Professor Baraw, and Alice Ferrebe (Subject Leader for LJMU English) co-presented on...
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Shanties and Liverpool’s Cultural History: Gerry Smyth at the Mersey River Festival

Shanties and Liverpool’s Cultural History: Gerry Smyth at the Mersey River Festival

LJMU English's Professor Gerry Smyth participated in Liverpool’s celebrated Mersey River Festival,at the weekend, while also showcasing some of his research on one of the city’s lesser known musical traditions. Along with friends in local group the Rock Light Rollers, Gerry performed a concert of shanties (onboard work songs) associated with Liverpool during its nineteenth-century heyday as one of the great port cities of the world. The concert took place in the Albert Dock aboard a working tall ship called The Kaskelot, out of Bristol. Professor Smyth recently published an essay entitled ‘Shanty Singing and the Irish Atlantic: Identity and Hybridity in the Musical Imagination of Stan Hugill’ in The International Journal of Maritime History, 29.2 (2017), the full text of which may be accessed here.    ...
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Level 6 English Students present at LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference

Level 6 English Students present at LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference

Since January four English students – Jess Baker, Alice Robinson, Katie Taylor and Jessica White – have been working on a Curriculum Enhancement Intern project around Liverpool Libraries with staff support from Val Stevenson and Glenda Norquay. They’ve been investigating student use of our own library, awareness of what the libraries around Liverpool offer, and what might help everyone make the most of the fabulous resources across the city. On 15 June they presented their work – with coolness, confidence and aplomb – at the conference. And afterwards enjoyed a well-earned class of wine... Their work on the project has revealed a number of things – not least the demand for more armchairs in our library!   It also showed that the best way of finding out what students think is to get students to ask them: an online survey and a number of lively focus groups across all levels produced some findings of real interest of staff in English and in Library...
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The English Team Go Mad (For Research) in North Wales

The English Team Go Mad (For Research) in North Wales

  At the end of May, with marking almost complete, staff in English refocused their attention on research at an Away Day event in Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, North Wales. In the inspiring environment of this wonderful Victorian place, and blessed with brilliant sunshine, we discussed our postgraduate provision, our public engagement activities and funding for research. There was time too to share research ideas – and moderate our marking. Conversations, animated or quiet, took place in various corners of the library and its grounds. Colleagues found new connections in their research work, and took a rare opportunity just to talk about what they’d been reading. We even found time for a country ramble – which, when confronted with a series of stern signs, revealed that some of the English team are more inclined to risk-taking behaviour than others (you know who you are!) ...
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Internship Opportunity for LJMU English Students: Organising a Conference at the London Metropolitan Archives

Internship Opportunity for LJMU English Students: Organising a Conference at the London Metropolitan Archives

Are you studying English at Level 5 or 6 at LJMU this year? Passionate about theatre? Intent on pursuing a career in archives or heritage studies? Interested in events management? Keen to show off your social media skills? Fancy creating online resources for new second year module ‘Body, Mind and Soul: Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture’? If the answer to any of these questions is a resounding ‘yes’, then do apply for this internship which is designed to give you invaluable hands-on experience of organising a conference. Just hearing the name ‘Drury Lane’ immediately conjures up images of London and the theatre. However, surprisingly little is known about that first theatre on Drury Lane, the Cockpit-Phoenix Playhouse dating to c. 1616. This unique event will redress this imbalance through the cutting edge research of leading scholars and theatre practitioners. Actors will perform short scenes from Cockpit plays and delegates will be offered access to rare theatrical documents from the period. But, best...
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LJMU English Summer Competition: Design a Book Cover!

LJMU English Summer Competition: Design a Book Cover!

The eagerly-awaited LJMU English Student Summer Competition is finally here! (I'm writing that as if this is an annual event - well, from now on, it will be...) We're asking our students to design a cover for one of the texts you've read for your course. We don’t mind a bit which medium you choose to use - painting, drawing, photography, typography, anything - but your design must capture something important about the text and your interpretation of it. The talented winners will receive prizes from the delectable Penguin Clothbound Classics collection, and we're also hoping to have the best entries made into notebooks. So - you want to know the rules, right? Well here they are: You must be studying English as part of your programme at LJMU (and it’s ok if you’re graduating this summer!) You must design a cover for one of the texts you’ve read for your course. You must include a short paragraph (200 words maximum) explaining the inspiration behind...
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ERASMUS in Naples: Teaching and Learning in Europe

ERASMUS in Naples: Teaching and Learning in Europe

Last week, I went to Naples for an ERASMUS staff exchange with our latest Italian partner, the University of Naples “L’Orientale.” Following a visit from Professor Anna Maria Cimitile, a colleague from Naples who gave an inspiring series of lectures and seminars here at LJMU last March, my stay concluded the first year of this fantastic partnership. Teaching in Naples for a week has been a highly enjoyable and invaluable experience, which I recommend to both staff and students in English and LJMU more widely. Naples is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, a ‘porous’ city where, philosopher Walter Benjamin famously wrote, you can experience ‘a stretching of frontiers that mirrors the most radiant freedom of thought.’ Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean sea, it offers a vast array of historic and artistic milestones, from ancient archaeological sites to music and performing arts festivals, a thriving theatre scene, and the breathtaking landscape of the Amalfi Coast and the isles. It...
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The Indian Road Sign: LJMU English Abroad

The Indian Road Sign: LJMU English Abroad

Ruth Childerhouse is just completing her second year as an English student at LJMU. Early this year she was given the chance of travelling to Tirunelveli in India to visit a range of schools and colleges there. Here, she reflects upon her experiences in the context of her studies of post colonialism.  Our focus on the trip was special needs schools,  and coming back I was completely emotionally exhausted. I am so incredibly grateful that I was given this chance to explore the differences in culture and I was constantly on the lookout for evidence of a British colonial legacy. The best way I can explain my impression of this legacy is through road signs. When we got off the aeroplane in Thiruvananthapuram (try saying that after a few drinks!), my first thought was, ‘Oh help, I’m going to get run over’. Actually, my first thought was ‘I’m going to die in this heat’, but the prospect of being squished by a van was...
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English Win LSU Amazing Course Team 2017 Award!

English Win LSU Amazing Course Team 2017 Award!

Last night at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Liverpool Students' Union held the 8th annual Amazing Teaching Awards, an event that celebrates excellent teaching and support across LJMU - with all votes from our students themselves. English were shortlisted in the 'Amazing Course Team' section, alongside thirteen dauntingly excellent departments - and we won! Numerous members of the department were shortlisted in individual categories too; Joanna Price ('Amazing Feedback'), Jon Cranfield and Colin Harrison ('Amazing Supervisor') and Filippo Menozzi ('Amazing Teacher'). We are SO excited to have received this honour - one which rewards one of our proudest achievements as a department - that we think and work as a team to give our students the best experience we can. So we just want to say an enormous thank you to our AMAZING students for nominating us in such numbers and with such eloquence. Here's some of the lovely things they wrote: 'The English team go above and beyond for their students and are always there...
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A Drink with Brendan Behan

A Drink with Brendan Behan

On Thursday 20 April the Liverpool-Irish Literary Theatre in conjunction with the Liverpool Arts Society will perform a Rehearsed Reading of a new play based on the life and work of Ireland’s very own poète maudit: Brendan Behan. The play was written by Dr Andrew Sherlock (Drama) and Professor Gerry Smyth (English), and it will be read by former students and staff of LJMU. Brendan Behan has long been regarded as a minor figure in modern Irish literary history, although more recently he has come to be regarded as an important postcolonial rejoinder to the 'great' writers from Ireland's modernist heyday. Dr Sherlock and Professor Smyth are founder members of the Liverpool-Irish Literary Theatre which since 2011 has performed seven different pieces in six different countries. This year the company will perform three plays at the Fourth International Flann O'Brien Conference in Salzburg, as well as a six-night run of Professor Smyth's play Nora & Jim (based on an episode in the lives of James Joyce and his partner Nora Barnacle) at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in August. Please contact Professor Smyth...
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Level 6 Students – You SHALL Go to the Ball!

Level 6 Students – You SHALL Go to the Ball!

Final year students - we know how it is just now. Deadlines looming (Dissertations on Friday - gaah!) and you can't remember the last time you enjoyed yourself, or wore anything other than a t-shirt stained with ink and tears.... But in a matter of weeks this'll all be over, and your thoughts will turn to getting out your glad rags and celebrating the end of all your hard work with your classmates and tutors. And what better place than the amazing Bluecoat, and what better way than with a three course meal, drinks, dancing and a photo booth to capture your inevitable elegance? Tickets to the Class of 2017's English Graduation Ball on Thursday 18th May are now on sale here for just £15 per person!  So raise your aching head from your books for a few moments to book yours and finish off your degree with an event you'll always remember! ...
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Hannah Nicholls on her experience of our ‘Writing Lives’ module

Hannah Nicholls on her experience of our ‘Writing Lives’ module

Final year student Hannah Nicholls chose to take LJMU English's 'Writing Lives' module, and became so absorbed by it, she decided to post her reflections on her experience on her regular (and really rather excellent) personal blog. She's kindly given us her permission to reprint the piece here:  I am going to use this post to talk about a separate project I am currently working on. Usually I would not blur the lines between my personal blog and the blogging I do for university. However, it is a project that I enjoy taking part in, and it has taken up much of my life, so it would be wrong not to have it mentioned here. This project is called Writing Lives. It is a module on my English course at Liverpool John Moore’s University. The aim of this project is to make working-class autobiographies available to the public. To do this, each student is required to pick an author from the Burnett...
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SCSU’s Professor Brian Johnson gives Poetry Reading at LJMU

SCSU’s Professor Brian Johnson gives Poetry Reading at LJMU

Last Wednesday night, as the sun set (really rather poetically) over the Mersey, Professor Brian Johnson from LJMU's transatlantic partner Southern Connecticut State University gave a reading of his poetry to staff and students. Professor Johnson currently teaches composition, creative writing, and modern literature at Southern, and is the author of Torch Lake and Other Poems (a finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award), and Site Visits, a collaborative work with the German painter Burghard Müller-Dannhausen. During his week-long visit to LJMU, Professor Johnson also observed a variety of classes on the English programme, as well as leading a poetry masterclass for final-year Creative Writing students. He gave a paper on the Site Visits project to the Research Centre of Literature and Cultural History. LJMU English and Creative Writing are exploring a range of exciting opportunities for our students with Southern Connecticut State University. We'll both be welcoming Study Abroad students from our sister institutions next year, and are working towards a programme of staff exchanges that will give all our students the chance...
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LJMU English’s Jade Dowie Reviews for Everyman Website

LJMU English’s Jade Dowie Reviews for Everyman Website

Now, all LJMU English students know that they can use their student card to buy tickets to shows at the Everyman Playhouse for as little as £5. But we're still more excited that those lovely folk at E&P are giving two free tickets to every Press Night in the new season to an LJMU English student whose review will then be featured on the theatre's own website, in potentially the perfect, high-profile start to their reviewing career. Shauna Hughes, a first year single honours student, wrote a great review of an earlier show, The Star, at the start of the year - its director was so impressed, he tweeted about it! Jade Dowie is a final year single hours student, and her review of Fiddler on the Roof is now up on the E&P site. Jade said, 'I'm a huge theatre lover and the Everyman is one of my favourite venues so I was very excited to be given the opportunity to review Fiddler on the Roof, the...
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English MRes Residential at Gladstone’s Library

English MRes Residential at Gladstone’s Library

Every year, students studying on LJMU English's Masters by Research Programme spend a couple of days at the wonderful Gladstone's Library in North Wales, to read, discuss and reflect upon their work. Here, Andreas Theodorou reflects upon the trip on 13th - 14th February 2017.  As one of LJMU’s English MRes students, I was offered the opportunity to participate on a residential trip to Gladstone’s library in Hawarden. This picturesque building houses the collection of William Gladstone, who amassed over 20,000 books. During a guided tour around the library I saw a multitude of books on theology, and even some books about places I frequented myself. The building left me absolutely speechless, and the vast quantity of books was enough to leave me awestruck. We were shown the annotations that Gladstone would make in the books which he read, his personal collections, and, of course, his axe… because every great reader needs a good axe… We started the trip with a discussion on a...
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LJMU English Welcomes Colleague from Transatlantic Partner Southern Connecticut State

LJMU English Welcomes Colleague from Transatlantic Partner Southern Connecticut State

Next week, LJMU English will be hosting a visit from Professor Brian Johnson of Southern Connecticut State University. LJMU has a unique 'transatlantic alliance' with 'Southern' (as it's known to its staff and students). We have an English Major from Southern studying with us this semester, plus a number of students on our English programme have applied to Study Abroad there next year, and are anxiously waiting to hear if their applications have been successful. Professor Johnson currently teaches composition, creative writing, and modern literature at Southern. He is the author of Torch Lake and Other Poems (a finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award), and Site Visits, a collaborative work with the German painter Burghard Müller-Dannhausen. Whilst at LJMU he will give a paper on the Site Visits project to the Research Centre of Literature and Cultural History, and a Poetry Reading on Wednesday 15th March at 5.30pm in Redmonds 523: all are very welcome. As well as observing a number of classes...
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Professor Joe Moran: LJMU English Research Stands Up

Last week at the Everyman Bistro, LJMU launched Liverpool Bright Club, an innovative comedy night on which professional performers were accompanied by LJMU lecturers in a series of stand up sets. Billed as the ‘thinking person’s variety night’, the aim of Bright Club is to spread the word about university research in an entertaining format. LJMU English's Professor Joe Moran, whose research work is focussed upon everyday experience in Britain's recent past, took part in this pioneering night to present ideas from his most recent book Shrinking Violets: A Field Guide to Shyness.  Joe reflected, 'It was an interesting process trying to fit your research into the form of stand-up, as what we do when we lecture is vaguely similar but also very different. I’m used to extemporising in lectures and you can’t really do that in a routine: you have to learn the whole thing off by heart because the lines only work when you say them a very specific way. The organiser, Tim Miles, told...
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Saturdays With Chambré: Volunteering at the Hardman’s House

Saturdays With Chambré: Volunteering at the Hardman’s House

Ruth Childerhouse is a second year English student at LJMU. Here, she reflects upon her volunteer role as a guide and conservator at the National Trust Hardmans' House, on Rodney Street.  I have always loved museums. There is something beautiful about being in a space dedicated to a collection of objects filled with history. Even the most insignificant paperclip can become a story. It’s magical. I began volunteering for the National Trust in the summer of 2015. The property, Hardmans' House, is a tiny, overlooked photography studio which ran from the 1920s to the 60s. During the open season I work as a room guide, showing visitors around, and during the winter, when the house is closed, I work on conservation. We are often freezing cold and frantically scrambling to cover the fact that we are short staffed. It’s the highlight of my week. The photographers who ran the business, Edward Chambré Hardman and his wife and business partner, Margaret, were brilliant people. Both...
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Studying English: From Southern to LJMU

Studying English: From Southern to LJMU

Tyler Korponai is a English major at Southern Connecticut State University, LJMU's transatlantic partner. He is studying on the English programme this semester. Here, he shares his advice to Southern students planning to study English abroad at LJMU.  As a Southern Connecticut State University student investigating the English program at Liverpool John Moores University, there are some distinctions between these two universities’ programs of which you should be conscious. Before beginning classes it would be to your benefit to prepare yourself for a different orientation and style of teaching. You should attempt to contact lecturers, who are akin to professors, module leaders, who are essentially directors of an individual course and communicate with lecturers, and finally your Learning Technology Officer, who would be in charge of connecting you electronically with faculty on Blackboard. If all has been done properly before your departure, the names of your modules, lecturers, and at least one contact in the English department should be in your possession. Being connected early...
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Dedicated Followers of Fashion

Dedicated Followers of Fashion

As always, this year, all students enrolled on the level 6 module ‘Vamps and Villains: Exploring Gothic Fiction’ were asked to give a short interactive presentation. But one group in particular showed an admirable dedication to their studies in their session on the representation of desire in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray by commissioning t-shirts  emblazoned with selected bon mots from Wilde's writing. Module leader Sonny Kandola commented that 'students Tracey Hughes, Jade Swann, Annie Simpson and Amy Rees certainly gave an inventive and engaging presentation that kept our attention throughout and challenged us to rethink the representation of desire in the text'. Wilde would, of course, have had something to say about that typo, but the group assure us that the misspelling of ‘thief’ on one of the t-shirts was entirely the printer's error. And they're LJMU English students, so we trust them implicitly....
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Explore LJMU’s Special Collections: Peacham’s The Compleat Gentleman (1634)

Explore LJMU’s Special Collections: Peacham’s The Compleat Gentleman (1634)

This post, on one of the oldest books in LJMU's Special Collections, was researched and written by Jamie-Lee Purnell, a second year History and English student currently undertaking a work placement with the Library team.  Henry Peacham (1576-1644) studied at Cambridge University as a Master of Arts. Graphice, the first essay he published, was a practical treatise on art. Its full title was‘Graphice, or the most auncient and excellent Art of Drawing with the Pen and Limning in Water Colours'. His interest in the links between art, mind, body and soul endured into future works such as The Compleat Gentleman, the handbook he intended as a guide for young men of good birth - a kind of complete, gentlemanly ideology - which he produced in 1634. In it, Peacham illustrates the importance of traditions in courtesy books that dealt with ideals, education and conduct befitting a gentleman or lady of the court. Studies of the concepts and practices of nobility were common during the period. However, most of Peacham’s...
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LJMU English Student’s Review Featured by Everyman Playhouse

LJMU English Student’s Review Featured by Everyman Playhouse

Shauna Hughes, one of our first-year English students at LJMU, was delighted to attend the Press Night at the Liverpool Playhouse to review the brilliant production The Star. This was the first time Shauna had been to the Playhouse and this is her debut review! The Star runs until 14 January 2017, so why not celebrate the start of the new term with a visit to the theatre? If you didn't already know this, tickets are only £5 for LJMU students at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse theatres! You can read Shauna's review of The Star on the Everyman website: https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/whats-more/2017/01/06/the-star-review-by-ljmu ...
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Feminism’s Family Drama: New Article Available to Read for Free

Feminism’s Family Drama: New Article Available to Read for Free

I'm really pleased to say that my new article, "Feminism's Family Drama: Female Genealogies, Feminist Historiography, & Kate Walbert's A Short History of Women", has just been published in Feminist Theory, and you can read it online and download it for free. I loved writing this piece, not least because I love the novel by which it was inspired. Kate Walbert's A Short History of Women (2009) is a patchwork of short stories about several generations of women who are all connected by one shared ancestor: a suffragette who, in the early twentieth century, starved herself to death. Skipping forward and backward in time between the late Victorian period, the onset of the First World War, the Second World War, the 1990s, and the early 2000s, the stories explore the relationships between the women whose stories they tell. Each woman feels differently about the activism and death of Dorothy Trevor Townsend, their suffragette relative. When we speak of feminist history, we often speak of mothers...
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LJMU English Students to Give Symposium at Tate Liverpool in January

LJMU English Students to Give Symposium at Tate Liverpool in January

All are invited to the World Literature Constellation, a student-led symposium showcasing work by Level 6 students on our 'World Literature' module. The event will be held at Tate Liverpool on the 11 January 2016, and forms part of Tate's 'Constellations' project to map the connections between artworks, artists and their societies. Guided by module leader Filippo Menozzi, LJMU English students will introduce selected artworks from the Constellations exhibition by adopting materials from the rubric of ‘world literature.’ They will use poems, novels, short stories, essays and novellas discussed on the module to suggest creative connections and different ways to explore the Constellations exhibition at Tate. The symposium will open up the borders of the art gallery to a multitude of voices, influences and resonances and will make artworks speak through narrative and criticism. In particular, the symposium aims to raise the questions: How do narrative and interpretation affect the experience of art? Can literary writing help to rethink and reframe curatorial practice? How does...
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Rachel Willie Awarded Prestigious Book Prize

Rachel Willie Awarded Prestigious Book Prize

LJMU English's Rachel Willie, together with co-editors Kevin Killeen and Helen Smith from the University of York, have been awarded the Roland H. Bainton Prize (for Reference Works) for The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, c. 1530-1700. This was published by Oxford University Press in 2015, and contains forty essays from leading international scholars on the role of the Bible in sixteenth and seventeenth century life, exploring how the scriptures served as a generative motor for ideas, and a resource for creative and political thought, as well as for domestic and devotional life. It contains Rachel's own essay, 'All Scripture is given by inspiration of God : Dissonance and psalmody'. This prestigious prize is awarded by the Council of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. Congratulations Rachel!  ...
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Celtic Tiger Blues: Professor Gerry Smyth’s latest book

Celtic Tiger Blues: Professor Gerry Smyth’s latest book

LJMU English's Professor Gerry Smyth's new book, entitled Celtic Tiger Blues: Music and Irish Identity, has been published by Rutledge. It is a collection of essays focusing on Ireland's complex cultural relationship with music of various kinds. It includes material on the art and folk traditions, the work of James Joyce, popular groups such as the Pogues and the Waterboys, and the aesthetics of listening. The book represents the latest stage in a life-long project for Gerry, focusing here on the ways in which music engages with particular aspects of Irish identity. The nature of popular music and the Irish identity it supposedly articulates have both undergone profound change in recent years: the first as a result of technological and wider industrial changes in the organisation and dissemination of music as seen, for example, with digital platforms such as YouTube, Spotify and iTunes. A second factor has been Ireland’s spectacular fall from economic grace after the demise of the "Celtic Tiger", and the...
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Nadine Muller Wins Heritage Lottery Funding for War Widows’ Stories

Nadine Muller Wins Heritage Lottery Funding for War Widows’ Stories

LJMU English's Dr Nadine Muller has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for her new project War Widows' Stories. Reflecting on how the idea for this venture came about, and what the project will achieve, Nadine says: My first book, The Widow: A Literary & Cultural History, is due to be published by the end of the year, and while I’m proud of the monograph, it very much feels like a book alone won't do this topic justice. The stories I uncovered are filled with injustice, prejudice, and hardship in many different forms. Yet very few people seem to be aware of the challenges widowhood has presented for women in Britain over the past two centuries on economic, psychological, and social levels, and even fewer are aware that to this very day there are battles left to be fought. Of course one group of women is very much aware of these issues, and that is widows themselves. I often go on about the benefits of blogging...
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Michael Morris’s Slavery Walking Tours

Michael Morris’s Slavery Walking Tours

Black History Month runs each October in the UK to highlight the contribution made by black men and women to Britain’s heritage. This year, LJMU English’s Michael Morris led two public walking tours for Black History Month in Glasgow. Michael’s research revealed that all twelve of the statues in Glasgow’s central George Square have a connection to slavery and abolition. George Square was laid out in 1781 and the statues, erected between 1819 and 1902, are designed to celebrate scientists, writers, military figures, politicians and royals. These statues tell a sanitised story of Empire – whether a clean story of trade from the Clyde, or an orderly procession of colonised peoples paying tribute to a monarch. In an example of ‘guerrilla memorialisation’, this walking tour read the statues ‘against the grain’ to reveal a hidden history of Glasgow and Scotland’s involvement in slavery associated with each and every one of the statues on display. Both tours were sold out and led to great...
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Choose your Career! Level 6 English Careers Event: Wednesday, 2 November, 2016 at 2pm

Choose your Career! Level 6 English Careers Event: Wednesday, 2 November, 2016 at 2pm

What could be more important than your future? On 2nd November 2016, we're running a special Careers Event for L6 English Students (in John Foster 1.27, from 2-4). When you're not stressing about assignments, are you thinking about life after graduation? Still not quite sure how to tackle your job hunt? Frazzled by the application forms you've dared to download? Dazzled by so many possibilities? Like eating pizza? Come along to our special event to listen to, and chat with, the experts - all with a focus on the skills and experience you’ve developed through studying English. • LJMU English Careers Advisor Gary Douglas will explain the mysteries of 'Graduate Training Schemes' and 'The Job Market Uncovered’; • Professor David Gibson, from LJMU’s Entrepreneur Hub, will talk about how Freelance Working can open up opportunities you never knew you had. So, (for one afternoon only), forget about your reading lists, put your dissertation research on hold, have a late lunch with us and: CHOOSE YOUR CAREER! To book your place (and your pizza!), please...
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Trip to the Everyman Theatre, 12th October 2016

The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Trip to the Everyman Theatre, 12th October 2016

Our second year Shakespeare module had a change in its reading list this year when LJMU English lecturer Rebecca Bailey discovered that the Everyman was collaborating with Shakespeare's Globe on an October production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. On Monday night over 50 students and staff from the department attended the show, which styles Verona as what director Nick Bagnall calls the 'cardigan clad world' of the swinging Sixties. The following day, Bagnall, whom the Guardian called 'the most mind-altering of Shakespearean directors' and Emma Whiteley, the Everyman's Learning Manager, came along to the module for a Q&A. Shakespeare students made the most of this opportunity with a range of questions. Many were fascinated with the music - a major facet of the production - asking how it had been composed, how it was used to separate the play's different 'spaces' (Verona, Milan and the forest), and how on earth the cast members were so talented that they all acted, danced, sang and played...
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The BFG – for free! – at the Phil, Tuesday 18th October 2016

The BFG – for free! – at the Phil, Tuesday 18th October 2016

If you're an LJMU English student, you can see The BFG for free on Tuesday, 18th October 2016, as part of the Philharmonic's partnership with your university. All you need to do is to book over the phone (Box Office number: 0151 709 3789), or buy from the Box Office at the Philharmonic Hall on Hope Street in person. When you collect your tickets, you will need to show your LJMU student card. No-one (and least of all a literature student) can have too much Roald Dahl in their life, clearly, but if you haven't yet seen a film at the Phil, you're missing out on one of Liverpool's best cultural experiences. The screen, supposedly the last of its kind in the world, rises out of the stage while the Phil's resident cinema organist, Dave Nicholas, does his thing. In a kilt. Call the Box Office now! The Phil are also showing Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake, on 16 November 2016, and the all the same things - free tickets...
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