Thinking like a scientist is really hard, even for scientists. It requires putting aside your own prior beliefs, evaluating the quality and meaning of the evidence before you, and weighing it in the context of earlier findings. But parking your own agenda and staying objective is not the human way.
One of the things that this article warns about is the seduction of anecdotal evidence. I’ll give some of that now.
It seems to me that some students treat simple texts as if they were simplistic and obvious. A text that offers a quick interpretation is often more poorly analysed than an obviously challenging one. Parts of courses (or instructions) that seem clear are often ignored.
Lilian Tabois, one of our graduates (MA, 2011), but better known to current students for having taught as a docent for part of this academic year, will leave for the University of York in the summer. She has been awarded a PhD scholarship for a dissertation on historiography and travel in British women’s writing between 1780 and 1845. We wish her the best of luck in returning to full-time study.
GUTS brings Terence Rattigan’s heart-wrenching and most-celebrated play to the Groningen stage. The Deep Blue Sea, set in England in the 1950s, highlights the struggles and despair of a failed marriage, of infidelity and in particular the question of identity with brutal and raw honesty.
The cast & crew include several current or past members of the English department. Cast: Pleun van Engelen (Hester Collyer), James Robert Lyon (Freddie Page), Emmet Godfrey (William Collyer), Elsemiek Hes (Mrs Elton), Johan Stapert (Mr Miller), Aubrey Williams (Philip Welch), Femke Nagelhout (Ann Welch), and Samuel Stevens (Jackie Jackson). Crew: Melissa Rolink, Jan Hein Dikkers, Marjon Vosmeijer, and Berber Aardema.
Bob Dylan has delivered his Nobel Prize speech just in time to collect the prize money. He has conveniently (for our first year course on literary contexts) demonstrated the ongoing influence of Classical literature in his references to The Odyssey. He also refers to Moby Dick and John Donne.
For coverage of links to a text file or an audio file of the speech see www.nobelprize.org