Category Archives: RUG English News

News about the English department and from the university.

Just William

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The latest issue of William the Dutch Shakespeare magazine has now appeared. A number of people associated with the department have been involved with it:

Kristy Zuijdervliet has written an article ‘Shakespeare fandom 3.0’

Dr Hans Jansen has written about Measure for Measure and his fetish for Shakespeare dolls.

Sara van Geloven, a former student, is now the general editor of the publication.

Online Purchase

Into the World

Prof. Sobecki was speaking about the travels of Sir John Mandeville on BBC Radio 4 on Monday night. The episode is available as a download at: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003tdk

From the BBC site:

At a moment when Brexit and our carbon footprints are prompting us to reassess what it means to move around the world, Sarah Dunant looks at the long history of travel and the ways it has enchanted and alarmed us across the centuries.

The anxieties over young Tudor travellers returning radicalised from Catholic Europe was a phenomenon that gripped England after the break with Rome. Nandini Das argues that fears over travel helped to define a nation.

Professor Eric Zuelow shows how the Nazi regime turned travel into a highly sophisticated propaganda tool, organising tours and trips specifically designed to cement ideas of racial superiority and national identity.

In the Middle Ages, travel is seen to be a startlingly tolerant and cosmopolitan experience, as the naturally curious medieval mind seeks to expand the borders of its world in a spirit of generosity. Whether the fantastical journeys of Sir John Mandeville or the diplomatic missions of Dominican Friars to Mongol Kings, Sebastian Sobecki explains how new discoveries were always understood through their existing religious and cultural lenses.

University of Groningen: An Unofficial History

This illustrated English-language history of the University of Groningen covers the years from its foundation in 1614 to 2018. It is structured around a chronological overview of the major events and significant people in the university’s life placed in the context of Dutch national history. Its final chapter deals with current debates and changes at the university. The book emerged from a project based on an MA course in the English Department’s Writing, Editing and Mediating course. It is on sale on all of Amazon’s sites.

Contents: Before 1614 •  Foundation, 1614 • Early Students •  Libraries • 1700-1814: Enlightenment • Medicine  • 1814-1914: Education Acts  • Women  • 1914-1950: War  | Museums • 1950-2000: Expansion  • 2000-2018: Millennium • Dutch Universities • Terminology • Bibliography • Index

Contributors: Eltje Beckmann | Siebrand Boerema | Judith Bol | Frank Braamhaar | Tina Bruinsma | Elien Cusveller | Ingrid Dillen | Dr John Flood | Violette Frentrop | Sara van Geloven | Sabrina Hartmann | Tamsin Horsfield | Emma Jansen | Dr Hans Jansen | Miriam Lange | Maria van Loosdrecht | Daniël Muller | Jill Nobel | Sander Ootjers | Dorrit Ris | Jelmer van der Schaaf | Dorian Smilda | Aaf Tienkamp | Esmee Tijdeman | Emmie Touwen | Rudy Veiga da Palma | Miranda Wijgers | Baukje Wijma.

 

Medieval English Travel

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

 

New Professor of English Language

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.

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Merel succeeds Prof. Marjolijn Verspoor who will remain as chair of the faculty cluster board of which our department is a member.

Groningen English BA Top Programme Again

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

 

George Lauder

George Lauder (1603-1670): Life and Writings by Prof. Alasdair MacDonald (our emeritus professor of English Language and Literature of the Middle Ages) has recently been published by Boydell & Brewer.

The Scottish poet George Lauder began as a “university wit”, by imitating anti-papal satires popular in the Italian Renaissance. He set off for London as a young man, looking for patronage, but instead became an officer in the army, seeing service in France, the Low Countries, Germany, Denmark and Sweden — an experience which provides the backdrop to the poetry of his mature years. At the Restoration he wrote a lengthy poem of advice to Charles II, and his final masterwork was a poetic conflation of the Gospel accounts of the life of Christ. Lauder was influenced by Ben Jonson, William Drummond, and by the Metaphysical and the Caroline styles. His personal library testifies to his wide range of interests, and to his acquaintance with European literature in neo-Latin and other languages.

George Lauder (1603-1670): Life and Writings

This volume traces Lauder’s career, collects all his surviving verse (presented with full notes and commentary), and examines his interactions with certain of the greatest intellectuals of the Dutch Golden Age. Lauder was a British patriot and a loyal supporter of the House of Orange; above all, however, he is the author of a unique corpus of highly accomplished poetry.

Norton Anthologies

Norton Textbooks 2018-19: Textbooks published by W.W. Norton and Co. for first courses (e.g. The Norton Anthology of English Literature) from the site www.wwnorton.co.uk are sold to RUG students at a 20% discount if you enter the code WN603 at the checkout.

Please note that although this has been facilitated by me as it may be useful to students, I have nothing to do with Norton’s retail department and cannot answer questions about their site or sales processes. I do not claim that this is the cheapest or quickest way to purchase these books.