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English at Worcester Blog

This is the blog for the three degree pathways offered in the English Subject Area at the University of Worcester: English Literature (Single and Joint Honours), English Language (Joint Honours), and Creative and Professional Writing (Joint Honours).

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PhD studentship in eighteenth-century literature

The University’s Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts is offering a full-time PhD studentship in Eighteenth-Century Literature (Director of Studies: Dr A. Mueller) – details for this opportunity may be found here:

English Language talk by Duke University Professor

On Friday, 14 October 2016, Dr Gareth Price (Duke University, USA) will offer a talk entitled ‘Politics and Flying Pigs: Narratives, Frames, and Metaphors’ as part of the English Language Talks Series. Dr Price will address the question ‘How do we use language to parse everyday political life?’ in relation to the construction of political campaign discourse in the US. Primarily using Lakoff’s work on the power of metaphor and narrative, and Goffman’s work on “frames”, he will also allude to Propp’s morphology of the folk tale, Foucault’s notion of the ordering of things, Bakhtin’s notion of the “carnivalesque”, and Borges’ wry use of the allegory. Suggesting that metaphors and narratives do not offer a single path by which to understand politics, Dr Price will explore how satire and inversion can offer points for resistance.

This talk will be of special interest to students of English Language of all years and also of students with an interest on metaphors, sociology, politics, and literature. Staff and students from the whole Institute are warmly welcome.

The talk will take place in Venue: EE G162 Lecture, Friday 14.15- 15.15. Any questions, please contact Dr Lefteris Kailoglou (


Bibliobuffers Halloween Readings

The Bibliobuffers, a local writing group studying at the University of Worcester, present an evening of readings of original horror fiction. Other writers are invited to share their own works during an open mic section. Poems are limited to fifty lines, prose to 1000 words.

The event will take place at the Hive Library on 26 October 2016 between 18:00-21:00.

Dr Standlee’s book on Irish women novelists

Dr Whitney Standlee’s book, ‘Power to Observe’: Irish Women Novelists in Britain, 1890–1916 (2015), has received a great review in the journal English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920. The reviewer, Prof. Janis Dawson of the University of Victoria (Canada), commends Whitney for her ‘meticulous research and thorough command of her subject matter’ and concludes that ‘“Power to Observe is an important work that offers fresh perspectives on the lives and works of Irish women writers who forged professional careers in Britain between 1890 and 1916.’


Dr Cinpoes’ book on Kyd

Dr Nicoleta Cinpoes has recently published an essay collection entitled Doing Kyd (Manchester University Press).  The volume reads Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, the box-office and print success of its time, as the play that established the revenge genre in England and served as a ‘pattern and precedent’ for the golden generation of early modern playwrights, from Marlowe and Shakespeare to Middleton, Webster and Ford.

The publisher’s webpage for the book may be accessed here:


Worcester trio publishes articles on Shakespeare

Dr Nicoleta Cinpoes has just had an article entitled ‘” By Looking Liking”: Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet’ published in the journal, Messages, Sages and, Ages. Nicoleta is joined by two Worcester English graduates who have also had their work published in the journal: Helen Hopkins, ‘Maternity and Absence in Shakespearean Romance’, and Luke Oakes, ‘Adapting Shakespeare – Converting Shylock in Michael Radford’s The Merchant of Venice‘. The articles can be accessed freely here:


UW shortlisted for Uni of the Year award!

Staff in the Division of English were pleased find out that the University of Worcester is one of six universities shortlisted for the Times Higher Education “University of the Year” award. The winner of this prestigious award will be announced on 24 November 2016.

A Warm Welcome to Dr Jeffries!

Ella Jeffries

Dr Ella Jeffries has recently joined the English Language team for the academic year 2016/17. Ella’s main research interest is sociolinguistics. She recently finished her PhD at the University of York, which investigated children’s perception of regional accent variation. This research incorporated approaches from different fields of linguistic research including language variation and change, sociophonetics, language acquisition and speech perception. Her ambitions for further work include researching both explicit and implicit social attitudes that children develop towards accent categories.




Clearing 2016 – Speak to us!

Interested in securing a place on a course in English at Worcester? The University has its hotlines open (01905 855111) from today, and there are Clearing Visit Days that you can attend (Drs Cinpoes, Connell, & Mueller will be staffing these on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday).

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