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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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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Art for Lit’s Sake: Kathrin Shawcross wins T.E.A. Competition

Art for Lit’s Sake: Kathrin Shawcross wins T.E.A. Competition

Avid fans of LJMU English will know that The English Appendage (TEA), the department's merry and dauntingly efficient band of peer mentors, recently organised a competition asking our students to create an image encapsulating one of the texts we study on the programme. The entries we received, which included photographs, drawings and paintings, gloriously confirmed what we already knew - that our students are a creative bunch, and can think in pictures as well as in words. You can see the winning entries here. Kathrin Shawcross, who was awarded first prize, is a second year English and Media and Cultural Studies student. She often uses painting and drawing as a way of expressing and expanding her interests. Kathrin said, 'when I read a particularly interesting book at university or have a certain type of music stuck in my head I will usually end up creating a picture to reflect how much I have enjoyed them'. Kathrin's winning image was the product of a lengthy process, and began...
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