Dr May Hawas wins the Balakian Prize for ‘Politicising World Literature: Egypt, Between Pedagogy and the Public’, June 2022

Dr May Hawas’s Politicising World Literature: Egypt, Between Pedagogy and the Public has been awarded the Balakian Prize 2022. According to the jury, “Hawas’s book is a critical work of remarkable originality that is consistently analytical and argumentative in its presentation of ideas, with a strong comparative perspective”. Link to announcement about the prize. Link to […]

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The Faculty of English and Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic welcome applications for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022 The Faculty of English and Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic welcome applications for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships. About the British Academy fellowships: The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship offers outstanding early career researchers the opportunity to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in an academic environment. The scheme aims […]

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Churchill College, the Faculty of English, and the Marlowe Society are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s John Kinsella and Tracy Ryan Poetry Prize, and the ‘Other’ Prize for Drama

The 2022 John Kinsella and Tracy Ryan Poetry Prize was won by Gabriel Rolfe (Magdalene College) for the poem Nullarbor. The 2022 ‘Other’ Prize for Drama was won by Maddie Lynes (St Catharine’s College) for the play Her Very Many Faces, whilst Eyoel Abebaw-Mesfin (Fitzwilliam College) was commended as the runner-up for the play My […]

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Mark Wormald reads from his new book ‘The Catch: Fishing for Ted Hughes’, Stockbridge, Friday 17 June

Mark Wormald took part in a joint reading with David Profumo, author of the fishing memoir The Lightning Thread,  in Stockbridge on Friday 17 June. Mark read from his new book The Catch: Fishing for Ted Hughes, which was published by Bloomsbury on 28 April. Link to further information about the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/david-profumo-and-mark-wormald-book-reading-and-signing-tickets-344823144307

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New evidence calls into question Chaucer’s translation of the Romance of the Rose: article by Conor Mckee in ‘The Chaucer Review’

Conor McKee’s article in this month’s issue of The Chaucer Review indicates major problems with the view that Chaucer is responsible for the surviving Middle English translation of the Romance of the Rose. Whilst the latter parts of the text have long been considered dubious, the first 1705 lines were widely held as authentically Chaucerian […]

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Conor McKee writes about Robert Southwell’s literal approach to metaphor in ‘Renaissance Studies’, June 2022

Conor McKee’s article in Renaissance Studies considers the use of metaphor in the work of sixteenth-century poet and martyr Robert Southwell. He argues that a number of Southwell’s metaphors have a surprisingly literal quality whereby their vehicles are given greater prominence than their tenors. For instance, looking at Southwell’s presentation of the figurative ‘fires of […]

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