“Regina Olmstead is traveling to Arkham, but ends up in Innsmouth – a town with a deep and dark history, shrouded in ominous secrecy. Regina tries to avoid the trappings of the town but finds herself inexplicably drawn in deeper and deeper, as the people, and maybe even the town itself, slowly start to turn against her.”
The national student survey results for 2019 for undergraduate programmes have now been released. Once again, the University of Groningen BA in English Language and Culture came out tops in the list of five universities offering this subject in the Netherlands. We have the highest score in all categories.
One of our graduates working at the library of NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden has organised a week of talks and workshops on Open Access. The complete programme and registration form can be found on this website: http://leeuwarderbibliotheken.nl/open-access-week/
All talks and workshops will be conducted in English.
In the last six months two new full-time members of staff have been appointed to the Modern English Literature section of the department.
Ashley begins at the department in the new academic year (September 2019). She was awarded her PhD from Washington University, St Louis and moved to Groningen from teaching at the University of Sydney. She specialises in Modernism and twentieth-century literature.
David, who joined the department in January, mainly teaches in the third year of the BA. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He works on Modernism and has published three poetry collections.
On the opening night of Poets in the Prinsentuin, both English and Dutch speaking politically-engaged poets will present their view on the interesting times we live in. Accompanied by Jochem Braat on keys, the poets Tsead Bruinja, Simone Atangana Bekono, Doninique de Groen, Radna Fabias, Michael Tedja, Julia Lewis, Verity Spott and Juha Virtanen will recite their own and translated work. You can expect socially relevant themes, which will rapidly follow one another. Afterwards, you can shake all these acquired impulses off on the dance floor where DJ Neon Wasabi will be spinning her records.
Chaucer is not the only medieval writer associated with controversy about raptus (rape, abduction). Thomas Malory may have imprisoned for rape. Rape and abduction (there’s a big difference as the latter could have been consensual or may not have involved sexual assault) remained difficult to distinguish in written records at least until the eighteenth century.
Chaucer is renowned as the father of English literature. But in a new biography Marion Turner argues he is a far more cosmopolitan writer and thinker than we might assume. She tells Andrew Marr how the 14th-century author of The Canterbury Tales moved from the commercial wharves of London to the chapels of Florence, and from a spell as a prisoner of war in France to the role of diplomat in Milan.
The academic Emma Smith challenges audiences to look with fresh eyes at the plays of Shakespeare. In a series of essays she reveals how his plays have as much to say about PTSD, intersectionality and #MeToo as they do about Ovid, marriage and the divine right of kings.
When Charles Dickens started his writing career, his ambition was global: to speak to ‘every nation upon earth’. And he succeeded. His stories reached Russia, China, Australia, even Antarctica, and he was mobbed in the street when he visited America. Juliet John, co-curator of the exhibition Global Dickens, examines how Dickens’s work could travel so far, when the settings of his novels were much closer to home. [BBC]