Archive for the ‘Academe’ Category

John Bowen explains how Charlotte Brontë combines fairytale, Gothic techniques and realism/ Video

Professor John Bowen

Professor John Bowen explains how Charlotte Brontë combines fairytale, Gothic techniques and realism to give Jane Eyre its unique power. Filmed at the Brontë Parsonage, Haworth.


Explore more films, together with thousands of Victorian and Romantic literary treasures, at the British Library’s Discovering Literature website –


Wallace Stevens as an American Poet: Lecture by Helen Vendler

Wallace Stevens

January 17, 2012 – Helen Vendler, one of the leading American poetry critics, as well as a distinguished professor in Harvard University’s Department of English, discusses Wallace Stevens, the poet. She dives into some of his work in order to show why he is one of the finest American poets to set ink to paper. Wallace Stevens was born in 1879 and died in 1955 and was awarded a Pulitzer prize that same year.
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Muriel Bradbrook “knew as well as any that the life of the scholar is hard to combine with balanced living”

Muriel Clara Bradbrook, by Mayotte Magnus, August 1976

Juliet Dusinberre writes:

Like all her generation, Bradbrook lived through despairing times: the Depression and the Second World War. Her father died during her first year in college, but her mother, despite family poverty, continued to encourage her daughter’s ambitions. ‘My mother,’ Brad declared stalwartly in old age, ‘was the rock on which I founded my life.’ Her judgement of an early Girton don as ‘a great tree rooted in the Victorian soil of classical virtue’, could be applied equally to herself. She lived, however, resolutely in the present, presiding over the change of statute which enabled Girton to admit men, and suggesting in her history of the college, That Infidel Place (1969), that the nuclear family would be replaced by radical alternatives. She admired the Victorian pioneer Barbara Bodichon above all for her ‘experiment in balanced living’.

Bradbrook knew as well as any that the life of the scholar is hard to combine with balanced living. But she did her best, working at the Board of Trade during the war, experiencing through close friends the problems of racial conflict in South Africa and through her Czech sister-in-law the situation of Eastern Europe. She loved Ireland, discovering in an undergraduate visit to a friend in Co Wicklow ‘a world that fed my imagination; I was like one of my Elizabethan playwrights, tasting a life beyond my own’. Her Christianity, a conscious choice made since her agnostic undergraduate days, and practised at Great St Mary’s, took root in the same context of imaginative life, as did her long friendship with the poet Kathleen Raine.

Muriel Bradbrook will be much

The Novel as Political History: Stendhal’s ‘Le Rouge et le Noir’ – Professor Belinda Jack

Belinda Jack

The Novel as Political History: Stendhal’s ‘Le Rouge et le Noir’ – Professor Belinda Jack.

An Examination of the possibilities and problems in using novels to inform our understanding of history:…

Can a novel tell us something about political history that can’t be gleaned from other sources? Stendhal’s famous Le rouge et le noir (The Red and the Black) provides vivid insights into both the secret and overt machinations of the aristocracy and clergy of his day. How historically accurate can a novel be?

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College Website:…

Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 1,500 lectures free to access or download from the website.

Interlitq to collaborate with digital humanities initiative at Washington and Lee University, USA

Washington and Lee University

Interlitq will be collaborating with a digital humanities initiative at Washington and Lee University (W&L) to modernize the review’s design and digital strategy. Support for the redesign of Interlitq is coming from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as a project of Washington and Lee University’s digital humanities initiatives.

The W&L side of the collaboration is led by Jeff Barry, Associate University Librarian and Associate Professor. Jeff has served as deputy general editor of Interlitq and currently teaches courses in multimedia storytelling design and publishing. A former resident of Argentina, Jeff worked with Peter Robertson, the founding editor, for much of Interlitq’s existence to ensure the online publication of the review.

2017 marks the tenth anniversary of Interlitq. The review’s design has not changed over the last decade, and the current site is showing its age. This design process will revitalize the appearance of the site. Assisting in the design process will be an undergraduate student from W&L. The resulting design will include integration of the Interlitq blog as well as the development of digital strategies for expanding readership. The collaboration also will explore the possibilities of Interlitq publishing books. A case study of this collaboration will be a feature of a course on publishing that will be taught at W&L in 2018.

Updates on the redesign process will be posted as the project progresses. Stayed tuned for more information.