If you’re an LJMU English student, you’ll have access to all the amazing material we provide for you via our modules’ Blackboard sites. If, however, you’re not so lucky in that respect, don’t worry: you can still make the most of some of the best research and other resources that our staff and students have created. Below is a (growing) list of those resources. You’ll find a brief description of each, and a link to connect to them.
Prison Voices: Crime, Conviction and Confession, 1700-1900 is created by second-year undergraduates studying English literature and cultural history at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. In our blogs we examine the literature of crime and punishment in the 18th and 19th centuries, both fictional and non-fictional, and consider how these influenced each other.
Social Media Skills for Students is an LJMU English project which builds on Nadine Muller’s work-experience module ‘Express Yourself: Presentation and Social Media Skills’ by creating a resource that extends beyond the English undergraduate programme at LJMU and that is accessible and useful to all students within and outside the university. Through this dedicated website, students will be able to draw on guides and exercises devised to maximize their digital literacy and provide them with a professional online presence that can function as a significant aid in their career development and prospects. The site was established and developed by Nadine and her team of amazing interns.
Writing Lives is a final-year undergraduate module on the LJMU English programmes, taught by Helen Rogers. Autobiographies are one of the most important resources we have for learning about the experiences and identities of ordinary – and extraordinary – people in the past. Memoirs have also been one of the most common forms of writing undertaken by working-class authors but many memoirs are never published and few remain in print. The aim of the Writing Lives Blog is to make some of this literature publicly available and to explore its significance for understanding working-class culture and identity.
Blogging Beyond the Classroom is an online forum for exchanging ideas and swapping experience of learning and teaching with blogging and related social media. It is supported by a Teaching Development Grant awarded to Helen Rogers of LJMU English, by the Higher Education Academy.
LJMU English’s Gerry Smyth is also a musician. In 2012 he recorded and released an album entitled James Joyce’s Chamber Music: this was a folk musical version (co-written and performed with his daughter) of the thirty-six lyric suite published by James Joyce in 1907. Music played a crucial role in Joyce’s literary imagination, and Gerry has gathered together a wealth of material on this aspect of Joyce’s creative process, including the notation and performance of Joyce’s songs. The site will be launched in January – watch this space!
LJMU English’s Nadine Muller has an incredibly busy and informative website all of her own. Drawing together her own teaching, publication and research activities, with advice for those entering the lecturing profession in The New Academic, it offers a wealth of resources for academics and students alike.