School of English

The Festival of English Open Lecture Series

Chaucer: Professor Peter Brown: ‘Ymad for lewede men’: Writers and Canterbury 1340–1420

  • Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 6.30pm, Canterbury Cathedral Reading Room, Cathedral Archive and Library

Professor Peter Brown

Canterbury was a centre of Latin literary production throughout the medieval period, whether of saints' lives, chronicles, or miracles of St Thomas. Around 1340 the first vernacular writings begin to appear, produced by local authors. They extend the repertoire of genres to include moral treatise, lyric and bawdy farce. Writers visiting Canterbury in this period are drawn by its reputation as a pilgrimage centre and champion of religious orthodoxy, and by its association with royalty. Although Chaucer helped to put Canterbury on the literary map, he never wrote directly about the city. 

Professor Brown has previously taught at the University of Exeter, the University of California, the University of Connecticut and at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has published extensively on Chaucer including most recently Reading Chaucer (Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang), and Geoffrey Chaucer for Oxford University Press (World’s Classics). Current projects include a study of the text and context of the imperfect version of Thomas Hoccleve’s Male Regle in Canterbury Cathedral Archives, a survey of literary practice in and around Canterbury during the years 1348 to 1420, and an account of Chaucer’s travels for the courts of Edward III and Richard II.

Marlowe: Dr Sarah Dustagheer: The Muses’ Darling: Marlowe in Performance

  • Tuesday 10th March 2015, 6pm, Grimond Lecture Theatre 2, University of Kent, Canterbury

Dr Sarah Dustagheer

Dr Dustagheer researches playwriting, performance and theatre space in early modern London, as well as contemporary Shakespearean performance. Her publications include ‘Shakespeare and Spatial Theory’, Literature Compass (2013); ‘Visual and Acoustic Practices’, in Moving Shakespeare Indoors (Cambridge University Press, 2014); and Shakespeare in London (Arden Shakespeare, 2015, co-authored with Hannah Crawforth and Jennifer Young). In 2006 she undertook an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award at King’s College London and Shakespeare’s Globe, and she remains a member of the Globe’s Architectural Research Group, a committee of academics, theatre practitioners and architects involved in building of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. She is currently preparing her first book, Shakespeare’s Playhouses: Repertory and Theatre Space at the Globe and the Blackfriars, 1599-1613 for publication. Before joining the University of Kent, Sarah has been a Globe Education Lecturer, Lecturer in Early Modern English at King’s and associate lecturer at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Austen: Dr Jennie Batchelor: Jane Austen, Kent and the Curious Incident of the £10 Note

  • Tuesday 2nd June 2015, 6.30pm, Canterbury Cathedral Reading Room, Cathedral Archive and Library

Dr Jennie Batchelor

Dr Batchelor joined the School of English in 2004 after spending two years as the Chawton Postdoctoral Fellow in Women's Writing at Chawton House Library and the University of Southampton. She works and publishes in the long eighteenth century, focusing primarily on women's writing, representations of gender, work, sexuality and the body, material culture studies and the eighteenth-century charity movement. Recent publications include Women’s Work: Labour, Gender and Authorship, 1750-1830, Women and Material Culture and British Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century: Authorship, History, Politics.

Dickens: Professor Malcolm Andrews: Dickens’s ‘Imaginary Worlds’ in Kent: from Pickwick to Drood 

  • Tuesday 27th October 2015, 6pm, Grimond Lecture Theatre 2, University of Kent, Canterbury

Professor Malcolm Andrews

Malcolm Andrews is Emeritus Professor of Victorian and Visual Studies at the University of Kent and, since 1991, the Editor of The Dickensian. He has published on Dickens and on landscape art (Landscape and Western Art, OUP) and the Picturesque, and is currently working on a study of the evolution of iconic English landscape imagery. His most recent book is entitled Dickensian Laughter: Essays on Dickens and Humour.

Woolf: Dr Derek Ryan: Virginia Woolf: Voyaging Out, 1910–1915

  • Tuesday 17th November 2015, 6pm, Grimond Lecture Theatre 1, University of Kent, Canterbury

Dr Derek Ryan

Dr Ryan joined the University of Kent in September 2013 as Lecturer in Modernist Literature. Previously, he was a lecturer at the University of Exeter, having taught before that at the University of Glasgow. He is author of Virginia Woolf and the Materiality of Theory: Sex, Animal, Life (EUP, 2013) and Animal Theory: A Critical Introduction (EUP, 2015), and he is currently co-editing Flush: A Biography as part of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf.


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