Dr Koenraad Claes (@KoenraadClaes) joined the ARU English department in January to temporarily fill in for Prof John Gardner, who is currently away on his Leverhulme Research Project ‘Machines Made of Words’. Before moving to Cambridge, Koenraad held research and teaching positions at Ghent University (Belgium) and the University of Kent. He will be with us teaching Romantic and Victorian literature in the BA and MA courses until July 2021, and as a new Co-Director for the 19th Century Studies Unit he looks forward to meeting you at events in the next academic year, whatever form these will take!
Koenraad’s research interests are mainly in long-nineteenth-century British literature and periodical history. His first monograph The Late-Victorian Little Magazine came out with Edinburgh University Press in 2018 but only last month became available in paperback, and he is working on his second book, which will discuss the relationship between conservative political discourse and narrative form between the Storming of the Bastille and the Second Reform Act (1867). He serves as managing editor of the open-access journal Authorship and as biographies acquisitions editor for Yellow Nineties 2.0; drop him a line if you want to talk about either.
The most fun thing Koenraad has done in a long time was this interview with our friends at the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers. Which Victorians would you want to Zoom with?
Naturecultures Across Time and Space: John Clare’s Artistic Legacy in Ecopoetry Written by Children
Expanding the existing accounts of John Clare’s poetry and its impact on contemporary culture, Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak proposes to look at Clare’s output in light of ecopoetry created by pupils attending John Clare Primary school in Helpston, Clare’s birthplace. Every year, all the children write poems on a topic selected by the John Clare Society and participate in a competition it sponsors. Currently, circa 600 poems are stored in folders available at the school’s reception, but they are not publicized in any way. Justyna’s preliminary research reveals that the children’s poems, like Clare’s poetry, describe a sense of the relationality and interconnectedness of all existence across different scales. They also express the young authors’ involvement with the human and non-human communities that are close to them. Arguing for the recognition of children as cultural producers and creators of ideas and texts, Justyna explores how the vitality and agency of Clare’s poetry emerge through its interactions with the children’s poems, resulting in mutual generativity and an embodied relational ecology. She develops a semiotic-material approach based on new materialism to show how multiple collective and individual encounters between Clare’s works, the children’s poems and contemporary children, adults and their lifeworlds result in new entanglements of matter and meaning and shed light on our participation in ecological networks and relationalities connecting the human and the non-human.
Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak is Associate Professor of Literature and Director of the Center for Young People’s Literature and Culture at the Institute of English Studies, University of Wroclaw, Poland. She is the author of Yes to Solidarity, No to Oppression: Radical Fantasy Fiction and Its Young Readers (2016). She is a Kosciuszko, Fulbright and Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow. Since 2017 she has served as a member of the executive board of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature. She is now a visiting researcher at Anglia Ruskin University, working on Ecopoetic Entanglements: Children’s Poetry Mobilizing John Clare’s Artistic Legacy, a project funded by the Bekker Programme of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA).
This is just a reminder that Hilary Bedder will be giving the next talk in our series. It will take place on Monday 10th Feb between 5-6pm in Helmore 112. All are welcome.
This event on Feb 12th is likely to be of interest to a number unit members and readers.
Emeritus Professor Mary Joannou will be coming to give a talk about her current biography project on Clara Rackham and all very welcome to attend. Her talk is entitled and will take place on Monday 27th January between 4.45-5.45 in Helmore 114.
We have an exiting line of speakers planned for this trimester. All the sessions will begin at 5pm unless otherwise stated and I’ll post up further details about the speaker and the talk in the week/s leading up to it. All are welcome. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or queries.
|Mon 27th Jan (NB this talk will begin at 4.45)
||Professor Mary Joannou
||Writing a Woman’s Life: The Biography of Clara Rackham (1875-1966: Suffragist, Socialist, Social Reformer)
|Mon 10th Feb
||Listening to the Trees: Vegetal Otherness in the poems of Thomas Hardy.
|Mon 17th Feb
||Dr. Abderrezzaq Ghafsi
||Charles Dickens and Religion
|Mon 24th Feb
||Dr Koenraad Claes
||‘To wait the course of events’: Walter Scott and Counter Revolutionary Narrative
|Mon 9th March
||Dr. Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak
||Naturecultures Across Time and Space: John Clare’s Artistic Legacy in Ecopoetry Written by Children
|Mon 30th March
This talk has been cancelled because of the situation with COVID 19. It will be rescheduled for a later date.
|Dr Gavin Budge |
|Charlotte M Yonge and the Juvenilization of the Nineteenth-Century Novel |
Unit director Lizzie Ludlow will be speaking at the Lancaster site on a panel on Prayer, Poetry, and the Body. For details of the conference, please click here.
Booking is now open for this forthcoming conference on Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites. Please click here for further details.
Please see the PDF below for the CFP and details of this very exciting study day.
vpfa study day cfp_July19
The registration page for our conference is now live on Eventbrite. Please click here to register your place. Tickets are free but the deadline for booking is August 29th.
Ruskin Conference Poster