Category Archives: RUG English News

News about the English department and from the university.

Lilian Tabois: York Scholarship

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: The Deep Blue Sea

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The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Rattigan

Der Aa Theater, 22-24 June

TICKETS | €7 for students, €9 for non-students


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.

Globe 2017


A photo of Shakespeare’s Globe (with some barely discernable students) from the recent ‘Shakespeare at Stratford’ course run by Dr Jansen. Participants saw the Royal Shakespeare Company perform Antony & Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and a specially commissioned new play, Vice Versa (inspired by Roman comedy) at Stratford-Upon-Avon, before travelling to London to see Twelfth Night at the Globe.

Conceptualizing the Enemy in Early Northwest Europe

Friday saw the launch at the department of Karin Olsen’s Conceptualizing the Enemy in Early Northwest Europe: Metaphors of Conflict and Alterity in Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Early Irish Poetry (Brepols).

This volume provides the first comparative analysis to explore conceptions of conflict and otherness in the literary and cultural contexts of the early North Sea world by investigating the use of metaphor in Old English, Old Norse, and Early Irish poetry. Applying Conceptual Metaphor Theory together with literary and anthropological analysis, the study examines metaphors of conflict and alterity in a range of (pseudo-)mythological, heroic, and occasional poetry, including Beowulf, Old Norse skaldic and eddic verse, and poems from the celebrated ‘Ulster Cycle’. (Publisher)

English Department First in Elsevier League Table

The 2016 Elsevier University League Tables results have been published and the department has again been rated first in the Netherlands (followed by Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden and Nijmegen).

The tables rank facilities, teaching, programme, staff, assessment, and organisation and communication. With the exception of Assessment (where Groningen received the second highest grade), the department was first or joint first on all other measurements. With the exception of one score that remained the same, all of the other scores increased.

These kinds of tables are never 100% accurate measurements of things, but they give students and potential students some idea of the strengths and weaknesses of particular departments.

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Norton Textbooks


Textbooks published by W.W. Norton and Co. for first and second year courses from the site are sold to University of Groningen English department students at a 20% discount if you enter the code WN369 at the checkout. You can buy 3 Norton Critical Editions for the price of 2 by using the code WN339.

Please note that although this has been facilitated by me as it may be useful to students, I have nothing to do with Norton’s retail department and cannot answer questions about their site or sales processes. I do not claim that this is the cheapest way to purchase these books.

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