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 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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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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LJMU Writers’ Workshop presents Robert MacFarlane at Tate Liverpool

LJMU Writers’ Workshop presents Robert MacFarlane at Tate Liverpool

We’re excited that the LJMU Writers’ Workshop, run by our colleagues in Creative Writing, has invited Robert Macfarlane to come and speak at Tate Liverpool on Thursday 16 June. Macfarlane is best known for three widely acclaimed and beautifully written books that he describes as a ‘loose trilogy of books about landscape and the human heart’: Mountains of the Mind (2003), The Wild Places (2007) and The Old Ways (2012). These books are all about the human need to encounter the wildness of nature – whether it is by climbing a mountain or shinning up a tree in a suburban park. Macfarlane sees these encounters with wildness as an antidote to what he calls, in The Wild Places, our ‘retreat from the real … a prising away of life from place, an abstraction of experience into different kinds of touchlessness’. His most recent book is Landmarks (2015), an exploration of how the words we use to describe the natural world can help to reconnect us with it, and which he describes as ‘a glossary of enchantment...
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