Category Archives: RUG English News

News about the English department and from the university.

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.

 

Native English speakers can earn some money – experiment participants wanted

Paid volunteers for study on effects of learning a new language.

Earn up to €150: Participants are paid €10/hour for their time, with a bonus of €20 if all 12 sessions are completed.

What are the consequences for the mind and the brain to learn a new language even for a relatively short time? We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers who want to learn Dutch for 10 days!  This study will take place over the course of 12 sessions. Each session will last between 1 and 1.5 hours.

During Session 1 volunteers will complete simple tasks such as; counting items, remembering sequences, responding to patterns on a screen, and completing a short language history questionnaire. During Sessions 2-11 volunteers will come to the lab and study Dutch through  computerized software. During Session 12 (final session) volunteers will repeat all the tasks that were administered on Session 1.

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years+
  • Must be a native speaker of English
  • Normal or corrected-to-normal vision
  • Cannot be colorblind
  • Must have no history of neurological trauma (e.g. concussion) or disorder (e.g. seizures), or language disorders

If you would like to participate in this study, please contact Sanna Tahir – stahi001@ucr.edu

If you have questions or concerns about the nature of this research, please contact jfkroll@gmail.com

New Staff Book: Literature and Truth

Richard Lansdown’s latest book has been published. In Literature and Truth he continues a discussion concerning the truth-bearing status of imaginative literature that pre-dates Plato. The book opens with a general survey of contemporary approaches in philosophical aesthetics, and a discussion of the contribution to the question made by British philosopher R. G. Collingwood in particular, in his Speculum Mentis. It then offers six case-studies from the Romantic era to the contemporary one as to how imaginative authors have variously dealt with bodies of discursive thought such as Stoicism, Christianity, evolution, humanism, and socialism. It concludes with a reading going in the other direction, in which the diary of Bronislaw Malinowski is seen in terms of the anthropologist’s reading habits during his legendary Trobriander fieldwork.

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).