Student Leah Hockley (English Literature with Creative and Professional Writing) talks about her immersive play “First of the Feathers” on the Being Human Festival blog.
A very bookish summer: the English Literature team look back on great reads, the conference circuit, heatwaves and chewable books
Stefania Ciocia: I’ve had a feminist summer, and a very good one it has been too. These are the four non-fiction books I have finally managed to dig into, and they are all brilliant.
Andrew Palmer: my big news this summer is the publication of a book about First World War poetry, which I wrote with my friend Sally Minogue.
In our Romantic Novels 1817 seminar series, held in 2017, we chose six novels published in 1817, and invited an expert in the field to lead a discussion on each text. Co-funded by Romantic Bicentennials, the University of Greenwich, and Canterbury Christ Church University, Romantic Novels 1817 used the bicentenary as the perfect excuse to rethink our understanding of the Romantic Novel.
The basis of Frankenstein is an experiment that pulls the rug from under its own repeatability. “Never will I create another like yourself,” says the scientist to his “odious handiwork.” The book itself, by the same token, is commonly considered a literary one-off. Mary Shelley, however, was not writing in a vacuum.
Charles Dickens sometimes liked to tease and surprise with his endings. Once, as John Gross provocatively points out, he proceeded from a novel that ends in deep gloom with its hero getting married to another that ends fairly cheerfully with its hero getting killed.
Keeping Secrets (you should be so lucky): Kylie Minogue, Langton Boys Grammar School and the Mary Braddon Archive
It’s November 1988 and a 16 year old girl writes in her diary that Scott and Charlene have got married in Neighbours and that she cried. Her headmistress is also going on about the American election, but no one’s really interested.
Andreas is one of the longest and least well-known works of Anglo-Saxon poetry, and my former PhD supervisor Professor Richard North and I put a good few years into preparing an edition and translation of the poem that was published last year.
Canterbury’s Liveliest Writing Group will have its Awards Evening for this year’s International Writing Competition – on the theme of Jane Austen – on Saturday 28 October, at 6:30pm, in St. Mary Bredin Church, 59 Nunnery Fields, Canterbury.
I chose to study literature, like a lot of lit students I suppose, because I love reading. The course didn’t disappoint. The rather dire student loan situation aside, getting funded to love reading full-time, surrounded by like-minded people in an environment geared specifically to facilitate us, is a unique experience. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at university, and will probably miss it for the rest of my life.