Newsletter: Issue 9

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November 2005

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Contents

  • Director’s Foreword
    Ben Knights, Director, English Subject Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London
Articles
  • Metaphor Mongering: Science, Writing and Science Writing
    In the latest of an occasional series of articles on the links between English and other disciplines, Daniel Cordle, Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts, Communication and Culture at Nottingham Trent University, revisits an old battleground.
  • Integrating Creativity into the Curriculum
    This article is an expanded version of a talk given by Peter Howarth, Lecturer in 20th-century Literature in the School of English Studies at the University of Nottingham, at the 2005 Higher Education Academy conference, held at Heriot-Watt University in June. To begin the session, participants were asked to write a three-line poem, swap with another participant, write a second verse to the other’s poem, then swap back to see how different the addition made their original poem feel.
  • Creativity: A One-Day Symposium
    What is the place of ‘creativity’ in English Studies? Sean Matthews, Director of the D.H. Lawrence Research Centre and Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at the University of Nottingham, reports on an event held on 2 May 2005.
  • ‘Writing in the Dark’: Bringing Students’ Writing into the Light Through Peer Tutoring
    Jonathan Worley and Matthew Martin, St. Mary’s University College Belfast
    The authors of this article are co–directors of the ‘Centre for Learning and Teaching (Northern Ireland): Critical Thinking and Analytical Writing’ at St. Mary’s University College Belfast. They were formerly beneficiaries of a grant from the English Subject Centre (2002–2004) for their Peer Tutor Project, described in this article.
  • Reader, I Triumphed: Complicating the Appeal of Jane Eyre
    Simon Dentith, Professor in Literary Studies at the University of Gloucestershire, unpicks the assumptions behind a common student approach to 9th-century fiction.
  • Transliteracy – Reading in the Digital Age
    Sue Thomas, Professor of New Media in the Faculty of Humanities at De Montfort University, reports on the ‘Transliteracies’ Conference held at the University of California at Santa Barbara on June 7– 8, 2005.
  • Retrospective on DUET
    Susan Bassnett, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor in the Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick, remembers the work of the DUET (Developing University English Teaching) project, which, as Ben Knights notes elsewhere in this newsletter (p. 3), began 25 years ago.
Book Review
  • Pedagogical Research in English Studies: A Case Study in Creative Writing
  • Heather Beck, The Writing School, Department of English, Manchester Metropolitan University reviews Rebecca O’Rourke’s Creative Writing: Education, Culture and Community.
News & Reports
  • Designing a Subject Centre Event
    Thinking of collaborating with us on an event? Ben Knights, Subject Centre Director offers some thoughts.
  • Supporting New Lecturers
    Gillian Wright, Lecturer in English at the University of Birmingham, reports on a Subject Centre event held in December 2004.
  • Networking Day for Heads of Department
    Ben Knights, Subject Centre Director, reports on a meeting held in Oxford on 2 April 2005.
  • Teaching on the Language – Literature Border
    Ben Knights reports on a Subject Centre event held in Sheffield on 27 May 2005.
  • English at School and University: The Case of Chaucer
    Jonathan Gibson, English Subject Centre, reports on ‘Teaching Chaucer Today’, an event held at the University of Birmingham on 8 June 2005.
  • Pedagogic Research in English
    Jonathan Gibson reports on a Subject Centre event held at Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • UCAS Figures for English, Media Studies & History
    Jane Gawthrope, English Subject Centre.
  • 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.