All posts by John Flood

John Flood lectures in the Department of English Language and Culture at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Carol Ann Duffy and The Daily Mail

As for the idea of a classroom of unruly schoolboys being stilled and thrilled to hear such stuff read aloud — as they must have once been by Tennyson — forget it. Poets don’t write for schoolboys any more. They seem to write mainly for each other.

First-year students were recently studying the work of the current British poet laureate. This article from The Daily Mail may make it all clearer.

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Photo: Lancaster Litfest

Portrait of the Artist

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Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is currently running as BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime and the episodes can be heard on the BBC iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09t89gc

The Word of Mouth programme (on English language) has most recently been given over to language and gender identity with an interview with C. N. Lester author of Trans Like Me.

See also the BBC book page which includes various authors and topics on BA and MA syllabuses: Muriel Spark, Frankenstein, book cover design, John Le Carre and Jane Austen.

 

Written Style

A review of three books about style in writing:

A World Without “Whom”: The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age, by Emmy J. Favilla; Bloomsbury, 400 pages, $26.

The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, by Steven Pinker; Viking, 368 pages, $27.95.

Write to the Point: How to be Clear, Correct and Persuasive on the Page, by Sam Leith; Profile Books, 288 Pages, £14.99.

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Merchant of Venice

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Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is often regarded as the most controversial play The Bard has ever written. This is not peculiar: the tale of Italian merchant Antonio who signs a contract with the Jewish Shylock is riddled with antisemitic motives and questions the morality of the law. The Groningen University Theatre Society (GUTS) brings The Merchant of Venice to the Groningen stage in an authentic and completely English rendition.

16-18 February, Vrijdag Theatre. Click here for details.

Note that this play is on the syllabus of the year 2 course Shakespeare & Early Modern Literature.