Thursday, 29 October 2015

Open Day: Come and visit us this Saturday 31 October


We're having another bumper Open Day on Saturday 31 October at Francis Close Hall. Come and meet us and find out more about the English Literature BA Hons course, the School of Humanities, the staff and student life.  You can opt for a degree in English Literature alone, or combine your study of literature with Creative Writing, History, or Language. Take a tour around our campus and Library, talk to Student Ambassadors, and get a sense of our academic community. Teams from Student Finance and Accommodation will be there to answer your questions.

You will see the very last of our beautiful virginia creeper (possibly without the sunshine) and you may even catch a glimpse of the campus cat. We can guarantee you'll meet with lecturers and current students who can give you a sense of what it's like to live in Cheltenham and to study with us.

You can book your place by clicking on this link. We're looking forward to meeting you.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Lisa Jardine (1944-2015), literary critic



Professor Lisa Jardine’s death was announced today. Most of the tributes paid so far describe her variously as a historian with at least one other secondary role: a broadcaster (BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, naturally), a public intellectual (The Guardian and The Independent), a biographer, a Renaissance specialist with a special focus on science; and listed her many achievements in academic and public service (honorary fellowship of the Royal Society, chairperson of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, CBE for services to education, chair of the 2002 Booker Prize jury).  Jardine wrote articles for newspapers and radio programmes, contributing regularly to the BBC’s A Point of View. She appeared on Question Time and other TV debates.  Everyone agrees that she was a polymath. Her academic title was Professor of Renaissance Studies at University College, London, and as the Daily Telegraph noted, the title was perfectly apt; she seems to have excelled at everything she attempted.

While we await the formal obituaries, we may remark that, oddly, none of Monday's tributes mention the fact that she was also a literary critic, although the Telegraph notes her engagement with feminist theory.  Jardine wrote several studies of Shakespeare, most notably Still Harping on Daughters: Women and Drama in the Age of Shakespeare (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1983), ‘the first book-length study to take a historicist approach to gender on Elizabethan stage’*,  and Reading Shakespeare Historically (London: Routledge, 1996). With Professor Graham Rees, she was a founding editor of the Oxford Francis Bacon Project. Many of her articles combined literary criticism with cultural observation, sometimes contentiously, such as her critique of Philip Larkin (Guardian, 8 December 1992). Why has her role as critic been edited out of the sum of Jardine’s life and work? To be sure, history and historiography were her first commitments. But let us also remember her commitment to literature, and insist that others remember it in their encomiums.

*Review by Coppélia Kahn, Shakespeare Quarterly 34: 4 (Winter, 1984), pp. 489-49.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Student discount for two special shows at Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre until 31 October



Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre is offering discount tickets for two great productions this October. You can see Brave New World and A Winter's Tale for only £10 per ticket. Check your University email for details and the special booking code you'll need to use when you book online. We're very grateful to our friends at the Everyman for this offer. 

Monday, 12 October 2015

Our Essay Competition is still open


Our Essay competition for students in sixth-form and FE is open until 29 October. Now that you've returned to your studies, get your writing muscles working by entering our competition. You could win an iPad or a runner-up prize of an Amazon token.

For the topics, rules and conditions, click here, or try http://tinyurl.com/GlosEssay

We'd love to hear from you.


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Come and meet us at our Open Day on Saturday 3 October



Are you thinking of studying with us? Come and meet us this Saturday at our Open Day at Francis Close Hall and find out more about the English Literature BA Hons course, the School of Humanities, the staff and student life.  You can opt for a degree in English Literature alone, or combine your literary study with Creative Writing, History, or Language. Take a tour around our campus and Library, talk to Student Ambassadors, and get a sense of our academic community. Teams from Student Finance and Accommodation will be there to answer your questions.

Francis Close Hall is a five-minute walk from Cheltenham town centre, and on Saturday, the international Cheltenham Literature Festival will be underway - one of the highlights of the autumn term.  Plan on a visit to town and see how many writers, broadcasters and journalists you can spot on the walk between Imperial Gardens and Montpellier Promenade.

You can book your place by clicking on this link. We're looking forward to meeting you.