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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Liverpool’s Wild(e) Poet: Richard Le Gallienne Exhibition at Central Library

Liverpool’s Wild(e) Poet: Richard Le Gallienne Exhibition at Central Library

  Those of you interested in Oscar Wilde (who isn’t?), in literary Liverpool or in the 1890s might like to visit the current exhibition at the beautiful Hornby Library in Liverpool Central Library from 5 August–31 October 2016. This free exhibition celebrates the life and 150th anniversary of Richard Le Gallienne, Birkenhead boy, aesthete, poet and critic, who was inspired to lead a literary life after hearing Wilde lecture in Liverpool. You can read the Guardian review of the exhibition here. For LJMU English final year students, this would be sure to get you in the mood for our Level 6 module ‘Vamps and Villains’. LJMU PhD student, Joseph Thorne, has been working as a research assistant on the exhibition and will be blogging soon for us about his experiences curating and working in the archives.  ...
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Marginal Irish Modernisms in the USA

Marginal Irish Modernisms in the USA

Dr Deaglán Ó Donghaile of LJMU English spent three weeks of September in the United States promoting the project Marginal Irish Modernisms which secured a grant of over £30,000 from the prestigious Arts and Humanities Research Council. This is a new scholarly network that was established by Deaglán and LJMU English's Dr Gerry Smyth (the project's leader), in order to explore the work of marginalised or critically-neglected Irish modernist writers. Other writers who whose work will form part of the project include Maeve Brennan, J. W. Dunne, Lord Dunsany, Lennox Robinson and John Rutherford. Deaglán met with modernism scholars at the University of California, Los Angeles, at Arizona State University in Phoenix  and at the Mapping Yeats Symposium, held in Kansas City, Missouri.  At Arizona State University, he spoke to staff and students from the Barrett Honors College on the writings of Ernie O’Malley, an Irish republican author whose memoirs offer an aesthetically experimental reflection on the Irish War of Independence. At UCLA, Deaglán also had the...
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