His talk was shut down by organized chanting in its original venue, and disrupted when it was shifted to a nearby room and livestreamed. When Murray and his faculty interlocutor, Allison Stanger, then left to go to their car, they were surrounded by a mob, which tried to stop them leaving the campus. Someone in the melee grabbed Stanger by the hair and twisted her neck so badly she had to go to the emergency room (she is still suffering from a concussion). After they escaped, their dinner at a local restaurant was crashed by the same mob, and they had to go out of town to eat.
This event, described in The Daily Intelligencer, was clearly more controversial than most of those held in Dutch universities! The Intelligencer article explains the students’ reactions in terms of intersectionality, a theory that focuses on the interconnectedness of forms of discrimination. Although the term and the actions it has inspired are fairly recent, literary theory has for a long time insisted that, for example, feminist analyses of texts should take account of, for example, the interlocking differences of class, colour, and sexuality. A quick internet search will throw up all sorts of pro- and anti-intersectionality opinions, along with links to
The recent Oxford Complete Works of Shakespeare drew on computer analysis of the language to detect the hands of other authors in the plays. This has become a fairly standard feature of digital humanities.
What is the cost of poetry? Must poets be melancholic, doomed and self-destructive? Or is this just a myth? In our new Book of the Week, Michael Symmons Roberts and Paul Farley – both award winning poets themselves – explore that very question through a series of journeys across Britain, America and Europe.
This BBC Radio 4 series is currently being broadcast in 15 min episodes that are available for 28 days from now.
Thomas Nashe: Prose, Drama, and the Oral Culture of Early Modern London
An AHRC funded event jointly organised by The Thomas Nashe Project and Shakespeare’s Globe.
Saturday 20th May 2017
The Thomas Nashe Project is hosting a one-day symposium exploring the relationship between prose and drama, orality and print (and much more)!
The day will conclude with a ‘Read Not Dead’ staged reading of Thomas Nashe’s unsettling and disturbing prose work, Terrors of the Night, a story of nightmares and evil spirits told by candlelight in The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
The reading will be directed by Dr Tom Cornford (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama). The script has been adapted by Dr Kate De Rycker (Newcastle University), who will also introduce it.
You are welcome to come to either event or both.
The symposium is free but registration is necessary. Please contact Prof. Andrew Hadfield, University of Sussex (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tickets for the Read not Dead event (£20; £10) can be bought from Globe Education:
An expansion of our Literature Online (LION) subscription has added a substantial body of 20th century poetry in English from Faber & Faber’s list of poets. These texts include the works of some of the best-known poets writing today. These texts complete and in copyright and thus they are hard to locate elsewhere in electronic form.