Monthly Roundup: February

February’s Events

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

Our Dean of Studies Martin Hewitt appeared on BBC 1’s Who Do You Think You Are?with Sir Ian McKellen on Wed 25th January. You can watch again here on the BBC iPlayer if you missed it!

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.

Welcome to the new semester!

Welcome back to a new semester of exciting events at Nineteenth-Century Studies ARU!

We have got plenty going on this semester, including our new reading group to discuss George Eliot’s Middlemarch, which begins next Monday – see here for details. All welcome!

Our first seminar this semester will be on Wednesday 15th February. Unit members Kirsty J. Harris and Steven White will be discussing their recent experiences of finishing their doctoral research projects, and the move toward early career roles. See here for more details, as well as information about further seminars this semester which will follow soon. We are planning a symposium on Jane Austen and an event to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Branwell Bronte’s birth.

We are also looking forward to this year’s conference on George Eliot and her Circle, which we will be holding on Friday 26 May. The call for papers is open now!

If you are interested in catching up on some of our past events from 2016, we now have a page for recorded events and podcasts, which you can find here. And if you’d like to keep up to date with the latest news from us, please follow our Twitter and Facebook page!

Next Event: Far From The Madding Crowd

Our next event takes place on 24th November between 7 and 10pm in the Mumford Theatre. We are hosting a film screening of Thomas Vinterberg’s 2015 version of Far From the Madding Crowd, followed by a panel discussion comprised of lecturers and students working on theories of adaptation. The audience will be invited to ask questions or raise topics for the panel to discuss.

This event is part of the Being Human Festival 2016, free to attend, and open to everyone.

Book your free tickets here!

200 Years of The Nutcracker: Call for Papers

(please note: this event is not hosted by Nineteenth-Century Studies at ARU, but we are looking forward to attending it!)

Date: Saturday 3 December 2016

Location: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

Special Guests:
Maria Tatar (Harvard University)
Kevin Crossley-Holland (Carnegie Medal Winning Children’s Author)

In 1816 E.T.A. Hoffman published his children’s story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers, later translated this story, inspiring Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, which has become a common part of Christmas rituals in the contemporary West. Hoffman’s work has inspired many authors of children’s fiction, including Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald. This special event will celebrate Hoffman’s story, and its two hundred year legacy, with an academic symposium followed by creative performances. The organizers of this event would like to invite proposals for academic papers of twenty-minute duration devoted to any aspect of Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.

Areas of engagement might include:

• Literary analysis
• Hoffman’s life and work
• Social and cultural significance
• Performance
• Reception
• Illustrations
• Translations
• Adaptations and retellings

Please submit a title and abstract of no more than 300 words, and a short biographical note of no more than 100 words, to Christopher Owen at: christopher.owen@pgr.anglia.ac.uk by September 1, 2016