Newsletter: Issue 10

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June 2006

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  • Director’s Foreword
    Ben Knights, Director, English Subject Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • A Three-Legged Stool: Cultural, Functional, Creative
    Rick Rylance, Professor of English at the University of Exeter, offers a map of the contemporary discipline of English in a paper originally written as a personal contribution to ‘English 21’, a consultation exercise on the future of English held by the QCA in 2005.
  • Revisionism in Irish and Scottish Literature: How far can we go?
    In a paper originally given last year at an English Subject Centre event in Manchester, Gerard Carruthers, Lecturer in the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, revisits revisionism in Scottish and Irish Studies.
  • Close Encounters: English and Interdisciplinarity
    Sally Bentley, Head of the School of Culture, Education and Innovation at Bishop Grosseteste College (BGC), Lincoln, analyses the different types of relationship between English Studies and other disciplines.
  • From The Da Vinci Code to The Time Traveler’s Wife: Explorations in Teaching Contemporary Bestsellers
    Simon Avery, Senior Lecturer in Literature in the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire, argues that teaching contemporary popular fiction can be both rewarding and intellectually rigorous.
  • Literature, Lit. Crit. or Plagiarism? Spot the Difference
    Daniel Sanjiv Roberts, Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast, draws on his research on the Romantics and his teaching experience in India to reflect on plagiarism in English Studies today.
  • Teaching the Reading of Texts: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
    Colin Brooks (Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology) and Jonathan Gibson (English Subject Centre) report on a jointly-sponsored event held at the University of Glasgow on 7 December 2005.
  • Creating a Website that promotes Essay-writing Skills
    Gavin Budge, Lecturer in English at UCE Birmingham, reports on his new essay-writing skills website Writing for the Reader, put together with English Subject Centre miniproject funding.
Book Review
  • Shakespeare in Performance: New Textbooks
    Jonathan Gibson (English Subject Centre) reviews a new series of student guides.
News & Reports
  • ‘BlackBoard can kiss my…’
    Andrew Shail (St.Anne’s College, Oxford) argues that to make the best use of e-learning we need to know when not to use it. He reflects here on concerns aired at ‘Interfaces: English Studies and the Computer’, an English Subject Centre event held at the University of Newcastle on 3-4 November 2005.
  • The CAPITAL Centre
    In the first Newsletter report from an English-related CETL (Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning),Susan Brock writes about the activities of the CAPITAL Centre at Warwick, of which she is Administrator.
  • The Canterbury Tales Study Day: Learning and teaching methodology at the CAPITAL Centre
    Duska Radosavljevic, HE Programme Manager for the Royal Shakespeare Company, unpicks some of the lessons learnt at a recent Study Day held in association with the CAPITAL Centre at the University of Warwick.
  • Teaching Children’s Fiction
    Pam Knights, Lecturer in English at the University of Durham, reports on an event held at Durham on 24 May 2005, sponsored by the English Subject Centre in association with her NTFS-funded project TRAC (Textual Reflection: from Adult to Child).
  • Teaching Scottish and Irish Literature
    Murray Pittock reports on a day held in Manchester on 21 October 2005.
  • The Training of Postgraduates in English Studies
    Ben Knights (English Subject Centre) reports on a one-day workshop hosted with the Bristol University English Department on 27 January 2006.
  • The JISC Strikes Back
    What is the JISC? No, it’s not a sci-fi monster – though it is big and complex and has many arms.‘JISC’ is the acronym for the oddly-named ‘Joint Information Services Committee’, a body funded by the FE and HE funding councils to help develop the use of new technology (ICT) in tertiary education.
  • IT Works!
    Brett Lucas, Learning Technology Officer and Website Developer at the English Subject Centre, gives his regular roundup of teaching-related developments in IT.