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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English MRes Residential 2016: Gladstone’s Library

English MRes Residential 2016: Gladstone’s Library

Every year, LJMU English's Masters by Research students attend a residential with their supervisors and some of the department's PhD students to talk, read, and reflect on their studies on the programme so far. Here, Edward Dafnis gives his account of our (wonderful) trip in January 2016: An hour’s drive from LJMU is Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, North Wales. Completed in 1902 to house William Gladstone’s personal collection of over 20, 000 books, periodicals and journals – all read by the man himself and with an estimated 11, 000 containing annotations, the library now houses 250, 000 texts and promised to be a reflective place of study and discussion. Articles by Walter Benjemin, Jorge Luis Borges and Alberto Manguel plus a short story by Alice Munro started the afternoon discussions before a tour of the spectacular library. Nestled amongst the rows of leather bound tomes were armchairs and simple wooden tables where people sat and read and worked in silence. Despite...
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Dr James Whitehead

My research interests include Romanticism and its legacies, psychiatry and mental illness in nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, including modernism especially, and life-writing. I arrived at LJMU in 2014. Before that I studied English at Oxford, UCL, and King's College London, where I held a Wellcome postdoctoral fellowship and lectured in English and medical humanities. I have also been a lexicographer for the ongoing third edition of the OED. Teaching I currently teach on the following modules at LJMU: English 4011: Reading English English 5000: Literary and Cultural Theory English 5045 Romanticism and the Real: Politics and Culture in the Nineteenth Century English 6053: Locating Madness I have previously taught postgraduate modules on literature and psychiatry and convened an MSc programme in medical humanities, and taught on undergraduate modules covering life-writing, modernism, 19th century literature, Romanticism, 18th century literature, and introductory courses on studying poetry and language in literature. I have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in these areas and am always happy to discuss research plans with prospective...
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