Our Work in Progress seminars will resume on Thursday October 5th when PhD student Sophie Phelps will discuss her current work on Dickens. This will take place between 4.30-6 in Helmore 105.
Our second work in Progress seminar will take place on Thursday Oct 19th between 4.30-6 in Helmore 105. In this, Paul Pattison will discuss his work on Middlemarch and Abderrezzaq Ghafsi will talk about his research on Dickens and Algeria.
On Thursday 26th October, unit member and PhD student Edwin Marr will deliver a preliminary version of his conference paper on Branwell Bronte. This will take place between 4-5pm in Helmore 114 and will be followed by the second session of our reading group on Shirley.
Friday 3rd November at 3.30 in Helmore 115
Professor Ruth Livesey (Royal Holloway) is coming to give our first visiting lecture of the year. All are very welcome. Tea, coffee, and cake will be provided.
I’m pleased to announce that the novel that received the most votes was Shirley. All are welcome to come to our reading group where we will discuss the novel in parts. The group will meet on Thursdays 5-6pm in Semester 1 in Hel 112. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.
WEEK 3: 12th Oct: Chapters 1-6 (led by Lizzie Ludlow)
WEEK 5: 26th Oct: Chapters 7-12 (led by Edwin Marr)
NB. This session will follow Edwin’s first run-through of his paper, ‘Unwept Deaths–Inglorious War’ Battlefield Deaths and Masculine Grief in Branwell Brontë’s War Poetry, which he will be delivering at the Branwell Symposium in Leeds in November. This will run from 4-5pm and all are welcome.
WEEK 7: 9th November: Chapters 13-18 (led by Kathy Rees)
WEEK 9: 23rd November: Chapters 19-25 (led by Chris Lyon)
WEEK 11: 7th December: Chapters 26-30 (led by Marie Moxon)
21st Dec: Chapters 31-37 (led by Anne-Louise Russell)
We are very excited to announce our next event: an afternoon Jane Austen symposium, taking place on Wednesday 26 April 2017 between 1 and 4pm, in LAB 027 (Cambridge).
Speakers will include Sophie Gilmartin from Royal Holloway, University of London, Mary Joannou (Professor Emerita from Anglia Ruskin University) and unit member Kirsty J. Harris. Come and join us celebrating Austen and her work!
This event is free, but please register if you would like to attend – the registration page is here.
Poster background image: Watercolour of Jane Austen by her sister, Cassandra, 1804, c/o Wikimedia Commons.
Last week our unit member Edwin Marr put together a round-table event to celebrate the life of Branwell Brontë, following from the round-table we held in 2016 celebrating Charlotte Brontë. The event was a great success and everyone who attended enjoyed the discussions and the texts we read. Many thanks to Edwin for organising the event!
You can download a pdf version of the materials from the event here: Branwell Brontë Roundtable.
This month Kirsty J Harris and Steven White gave a joint talk discussing their research and the experience of completing their PhDs. Thanks to all who attended and joined in the stimulating discussion afterwards, and to Cassie Gorman for chairing the event.
Our Middlemarch reading group has begun and is going well! We meet every other Monday in Helmore 115 to discuss a section of Eliot’s novel. See details here if you would like to join us!
Notices and Publications
Congratulations to unit member Zoe Bennett, whose book, co-written with Christopher Rowland, In a Glass Darkly, was published in January. See here for more information.
Upcoming: March & Beyond
Our seminar series continues with a talk entitled “Pioneer or Copycat? The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine in its European Context” by Marianne Van Remoortel (University of Ghent) today, March 1st, in Helmore 112between 16:00 and 17:00. Refreshments will be served.
Unit member Edwin Marr has organised a bicentenary celebration of Branwell Brontë on March 22nd in LAB 216 between 16:15 and 17:15. This event is a round-table discussion; all are welcome! For more information, please see here.
We are hosting a symposium on Jane Austen on April 26th between 12.00 and 16.00, lunch included. Speakers will include Sophie Gilmartin (Royal Holloway university of London) and Kirsty J. Harris (Anglia Ruskin University). For more information and to book your ticket, see here.
There is still time to put in an abstract for our conference on George Eliot and her Circle, taking place on May 26th! Information can be found here.
And finally, a reminder that our Middlemarch reading group continues every second Monday in Helmore 115 between 17:00 and 18:00. Check dates and reading sections here.