New student guide: William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience

William Blake (1757–1827) is one of the most significant figures in the history of English poetry. He is also one of the most mysterious, most challenging, and most frequently misunderstood. His Songs of Innocence and of Experience, on the surface so simple, are laden with mysteries that seem to deepen on every reading. In this … Continue reading

Fighting Words published

Can a book change the world? If books were integral to the creation of the imperial global order, what role have they played in resisting that order throughout the twentieth century? To what extent have theories and movements of anti-imperial and anticolonial resistance across the planet been shaped by books as they are read across … Continue reading

Reminder: 2017 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competitions in Irish Studies and Nineteenth-Century Studies, due 31 July!

Reminder: Submissions due by 31 July 2017 The Oxford and Dublin offices of Peter Lang are delighted to announce the 2017 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in the fields of Irish Studies and Nineteenth-Century Studies. Proposals are invited from early career scholars ­in each field for academic monographs to be evaluated by a distinguished editorial … Continue reading

Contemporary Writing and the Politics of Space published

This collective volume explores questions of space in contemporary literary texts from a range of theoretical perspectives. In addition to mapping the «spatial turn» in literary and cultural studies, this volume also brings together studies that apply spatial theory to the analysis of literary texts. Contributors tackle a broad range of themes, including how prose … Continue reading

The Shaping of English Poetry – Volume IV published

This fourth volume of essays under the title The Shaping of English Poetry consolidates the work of the previous three volumes on the great subjects of English literature in the Medieval and Renaissance periods. The Norman Conquest of England built upon the rich foundation of Anglo-Saxon England but did not destroy it; thus the present … Continue reading

Writing the Great War / Comment écrire la Grande Guerre? published

For France the First World War, or Great War, was a war of national self-defence, but for Britain it was not. Does that mean that French literary treatments of this unimaginably destructive war were very different from British ones? Not necessarily – but much can be learned from considering both traditions side by side, something … Continue reading

Autumnal Faces published

Autumnal Faces is a timely study within the ever-growing research on the ways older people and ageing itself have been conceptualized and represented in the popular imagination and, more specifically, in drama and on stage. Tracing this theme from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century, this volume offers original, innovative and diachronic analyses of plays … Continue reading

Book launch: Imperial Infrastructure and Spatial Resistance in Colonial Literature, 1880–1930 @drdomdavies @TORCHOxford

Imperial Infrastructure and Spatial Resistance in Colonial Literature, 1880–1930, by Dominic Davies, will be launched tomorrow, Wednesday 7 June, at 6 pm in the Colin Matthew Room in the Radcliffe Humanities Building at the University of Oxford. The launch is sponsored by the Race and Resistance Programme at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities … Continue reading

Imperial Infrastructure and Spatial Resistance in Colonial Literature, 1880–1930 published

Between 1880 and 1930, the British Empire’s vast infrastructural developments facilitated the incorporation of large parts of the globe into not only its imperial rule, but also the capitalist world-system. Throughout this period, colonial literary fiction, in recording this vast expansion, repeatedly cited these imperial infrastructures to make sense of the various colonial landscapes in … Continue reading

2017 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition

The Oxford and Dublin offices of Peter Lang are delighted to announce the 2017 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in the fields of Irish Studies and Nineteenth-Century Studies. Proposals are invited from early career scholars ­in each field for academic monographs to be evaluated by a distinguished editorial board. The winner of each competition will … Continue reading

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