Category Archives: Literature (General)

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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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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Attending Shakespeare Lectures May be Traumatic

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Image: Paula Nogueira

While no Groningen student has been stressed by their lectures on Shakespeare, things are different elsewhere. Some day Shakespeare may even be bard from university syllabuses.

Shakespeare contains gore and violence that might “upset” you, Cambridge University students have been warned. The “trigger warnings” – red triangles with an exclamation mark – appeared on their English lecture timetables. Lectures including Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus contain “discussion of sexual violence, sexual assault”. BBC

See full article here. 

Booker Prize for Lincoln Novel

Image result for lincoln in the bardoThe Man Booker Prize, which is worth £50,000,  has been won by George Saunders for his novel Lincoln in the Bardo. This is the first novel from an American writer who previously published short stories. The novel is based around the funeral of Abraham Lincoln’s eleven year old son.

‘The form and style of this utterly original novel, reveals a witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative. This tale of the haunting and haunted souls in the afterlife of Abraham Lincoln’s young son paradoxically creates a vivid and lively evocation of the characters that populate this other world. Lincoln in the Bardo is both rooted in, and plays with history, and explores the meaning and experience of empathy.’ – Baroness Young, chair of the judging panel.

See http://themanbookerprize.com/fiction

 

Staff Publication: Joyce and Law

Dr Tekla Mecsnober’s chapter on Joyce and law has just been published in a volume from The Florida James Joyce series.

Making the case that legal issues are central to James Joyce’s life and work, international experts in law and literature offer new insights into Joyce’s most important texts. They analyze Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Giacomo Joyce, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake in light of the legal contexts of Joyce’s day.   (Publisher’s Description).