English, Media & Culture at Worcester



September 2016

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.

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