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Ten days with Edith Wharton: impressions of an archival visit

By Isabelle Parsons, PhD student, English Literature (1) It’s a Monday morning in June and I’m standing in front of the imposing granite and marble cube that is the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. I’ve spent … Continue reading

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“What Do We Do Now?” Part 1

Thoughts on Enright, Academic Travelling and Critical Distance Robert Fraser, Emeritus Professor of English One afternoon in October 1974, I was standing in a somewhat Spartan corridor in the University of Leeds in desultory conversation with a tall, lean, slightly … Continue reading

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“What Do We Do Now?” Part 2

Thoughts on Enright, Academic Travelling and Critical Distance Robert Fraser, Emeritus Professor of English Continuing from Part 1 … I returned to Tetouan in 2016 and 2017, and will go back there again this coming October. In the meantime, a … Continue reading

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What I love about this job, or learning the merits of language

Richard Danson Brown, Professor of English Literature Four anonymous poems in Middle English: Pearl, Cleanness, Patience and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Created: c. 1400, North-West Midlands, Creator, Anonymous. Held by: British Library One of the things that can … Continue reading

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Scholarship and Research

Suman Gupta Slightly out of focus The connotations of the word ‘scholarship’ have always been a bit fuzzy, especially in academia. The OED puts it between, on the one hand, ‘learning, erudition; the collective attainments of scholars; the sphere of … Continue reading

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Digital Habitus and Institutional Responsibility

Suman Gupta Pedagogic Context I continue here with the argument of the earlier posting on Direct and Mediated Contact in Literary Pedagogy. I do so at a similar level of generality, without as yet nuancing the argument along the lines … Continue reading

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Response to Direct and Mediated Contact: Further Questions

Richard Allen The analysis and the questions raised in the previous posting on Direct and Mediated Contact in Literary Pedagogy are pertinent to the future of Literary Studies. My comments here don’t dare to provide answers but raise two issues … Continue reading

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Direct and Mediated Contact in Literary Pedagogy

Suman Gupta Teachers and researchers in literary studies at The Open University have delivered Higher Education (HE) programmes using up-to-date methods and technologies for almost 50 years. In this they have followed the mission of the university: in particular, to … Continue reading

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