Newsletter: Issue 15

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October 2008

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Table of Contents

Starters
  • Welcome
    English Subject Centre editor Dr Nicole King introduces our fifteenth issue.
  • IT Works
    Brett Lucas casts his eye over recent developments in the world of e-learning
Features
  • Discipline and Flourish: an interview with Carla Sassi
    In June, Nicole King spoke with Carla Sassi about teaching, Italian higher education and the lure of Scottish literature.
  • Black British Literature in British Universities: a 21st-century reality?
    Joan Anim-Addo and Les Back explore the politics and history of Black British literature and discuss reasons why it is still not established as part of the core curriculum in most UK English departments.
  • Taking a Departmental Approach to E-learning Support
    Brett Lucas reports on the project which is helping e-learning gain a firm foothold in sometimes sceptical environments.
  • Leitch, Skills and Prosperity for All: towards a humanities perspective
    Ben Knights thinks about how our disciplines could present themselves to funders and ‘stakeholders’ in the light of the Government’s commitment to everything that is summed up in the term ‘Leitch’, or ‘the Leitch agenda’.
Creative Pedagogies
  • What Makes a Good English or Creative Writing Lecturer?
    Manchester Metropolitan University student Nicola Harlow wrote the winning entry from the English Subject Centre is our student essay competition.
  • Orb: a student-led virtual creative writing magazine
    Orb, is the interactive Creative Writing magazine of the University of Hertfordshire. In this article Jennifer Young explores the basis of the magazine, its progression and the student involvement in the project.
  • Critical Responsive Understanding
    The relationships between creative practice and critical understanding are complex. So, how do Creative Writing students develop critical knowledge? What kind of critical knowledge is this? And how is this critical knowledge similar to, or different from, the kinds of critical knowledge found in the study of completed texts? Graeme Harper explores the answers in an English Subject Centre project.
  • English Degrees in Further Education Colleges: what are the issues?
    Candice Satchwell reviews some of the issues in delivering English degrees in further education colleges, including perspectives from lecturers and students.
  • Scotland: developing the English Subject Centre’s work
    Keith Hughes reviews the English Subject Centre’s work in Scotland and looks ahead to the coming year.
Book Reviews
  • The author is not dead, merely somewhere else: creative writing reconceived, by Michelene Wandor
    Reviewed by Candi Miller
  • (Re)Writing Craft: Composition, Creative Writing, and the Future of English Studies, by Tim Mayers
    Reviewed by Jackie Pieterick
Event Reports
  • Teaching Black British Literature and the Arts: At Home and Abroad
  • Networking Day for Humanities Careers Advisers
  • Creative Writing: Teaching and Technology
  • HE in FE Networking Day
  • Teaching and Research in English: Making the Links
  • Teaching: An Improviser’s Art
Endnotes
  • Desert Island Texts
    Lecturers registered in our Directory of Experience and Interests database highlight their favourite books. This month: Cathy Shrank
  • The Last Word
    Suzanne Hobson is a lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London