Medieval English Travel: A Critical Anthology, edited by Sebastian Sobecki (Groningen) and Anthony Bale (Birkbeck, London) has just been published by Oxford University Press.
Medieval English Travel: A Critical Anthology is a comprehensive volume that consists of three sections: concise introductory essays written by leading specialists; an anthology of important and less well-known texts, grouped by destination; and a selection of supporting bibliographies organised by type of voyage. This anthology presents some texts for the first time in a modern edition. (Publisher’s description)
More details here
Studies in the Age of Chaucer, the prestigious yearbook of The New Chaucer Society will now be edited in Groningen (Prof. Sebastian Sobecki) and Notre Dame (Prof. Michelle Karnes).
The journal is available to students via Project MUSE.
An alumnus of the department, Tsead Bruinja (b. 1974) has been selected as the Dutch Dichter des Vaderlands (Poet of the Fatherland). A Frisian, he now lives in Amsterdam. He studied English and Frisian at Groningen.
At the beginning of the year Prof. Merel Keijzer was appointed to the chair of English Language. A graduate of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, she has been one of the university’s Rosalind Franklin Fellows since 2013. She has published extensively on bilingualism.
Merel succeeds Prof. Marjolijn Verspoor who will remain as chair of the faculty cluster board of which our department is a member.
A seventeenth-century manuscript that includes poetry by John Donne (written during his lifetime but not in his own hand) has been discovered at Melford Hall in Suffolk recently and is expected to realise an auction price of three hundred thousand pounds.
See the auction catalogue details including images of the pages (Sotheby’s).
See report in The Guardian.
Thanks to Pamela for drawing this to my attention.
The Keuzegids Universiteiten (access to subscribers only) for 2019 has once again ranked the Groningen BA in English the top English course in the Netherlands (it scored 78; the next programme in the ranking was 64).
Earlier in the year, Elzevier also ranked the programme first.
The last National Student Survey finding published also ranked the department first: www.studiekeuze123.nl/opleidingen/9922-english-language-and-culture-rijksuniversiteit-groningen-wo-bachelor
WKB18, the week of the book as a work of art, takes place in Groningen between 13-20 October. This will include exhibitions and symposia in 25 locations in the city (including the University Library). The second-hand bookshop, Berger & De Vries, on Pelsterstraat 27-29 is the information point for the events and will have some of the art books on sale.
Details of the events here.
Trinity College Dublin is running a free online course based around its most famous manuscript, The Book of Kells. It runs for four weeks beginning on 8 October 2018.
will use the Book of Kells as a window through which to explore the landscape, history, faith, theology, and politics of early medieval Ireland. You will also consider how the manuscript was made, its extended biography and how it has affected different areas of the contemporary world.
For an overview of The Book of Kells
The Shakespeare Documented site reproduces contemporary documents about Shakespeare’s biography and reception.
Records of Shakespeare’s father’s legal problem have recently been rediscovered at the National Archives (London). Their discoverer makes a case for their relevance to the representation of government power in Shakespeare’s plays.
See story in The Guardian.