Category Archives: RUG English News

News about the English department and from the university.

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.

Gender Studies Student Symposium

14 June 2018, 9:00-17:15.

Registration at Academy Building A3. Cost: Eur. 2.50 including lunch.

Speakers include the following students from the English department:

  • Christa Lankhaar, “Mrs. Jerrold Darrington, A Person:’ The Necessity of Marriage in H.D.’s Asphodel
  • Max Reuvers, “Physiological and Sociolinguistic Change in Transmasculine Speech”
  • Maximillian Pogrzeba, “The Socio-Economic Influences on Masculinity Performances in John Osborne’s Look Back in
    Anger (1957) and Alan Sillitoe’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958)”

Other speakers are from International Relations, Journalism, and Law.

Gender Studies Student Symposium Programme

Public lectures

‘Hooked: Art and Attachment’ by Professor Rita Felski (Department of English, University of Virginia). Friday 8 June, 11:30-13:00, Heymanszaal, Academy Building. Professor Felski is an expert in literary theory.

‘The Matter of Touching: Interpreting Signs of Wear in Late Medieval Manuscripts’ by Professor Kathryn Rudy (University of St. Andrews). Monday 18th June, 16:00-18:00, A2 Academy Building.

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