Monthly Archives: February 2012

Great Writers Inspire…and also Provoke Anxiety

Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to hear Professor John McCourt of Università Roma Tre give a fascinating talk on the relationship between two Irish authors – James Joyce (1882-1941) and Flann O’Brien (1911-1966). Instead of comparing the writing of … Continue reading

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‘A Man of Letters’: The importance of reading Keats’s correspondence alongside his poetry

John Keats, a pencil drawing made by Charles Brown, July 1819.                 The poet John Keats (1795-1821) wrote and received many letters during his lifetime. Fortunately for those of us wishing to study Keats’s work … Continue reading

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James Joyce: Here Comes Everybody

Not everyone considers Joyce a ‘great’ writer… Purity activists campaigned tirelessly against Joyce’s work; his writing was considered obscene and indecent. In the US, Joyce’s second novel, Ulysses, was suppressed, confiscated, burned and, ultimately, banned in a 1921 court case. … Continue reading

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Engage workshop 19th-20th April 2012

Register your interest now http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TKCDC8K We invite you to register your interest to participate in a free 2-day interactive workshop run by the Great Writers Inspire project. Our ‘Engage’ workshop for teachers (HE, FE, 6th form) and learners will take … Continue reading

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Sylvia Plath: Put Poetry Before Biography

In the 2003 film Sylvia, Gwyneth Paltrow plays the tragic heroine in a tale that has already become one of the most infamous literary lives in 20th century literature. Sylvia Plath was an all-American girl from a middle class family … Continue reading

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Anne Brontë: The Third Sister

Anne Brontë (1820-1849), the third and youngest of the Brontë sisters, still remains sadly overlooked.  Her novels, Agnes Grey (1847) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) are not read or taught as often as Charlotte’s Jane Eyre or Emily’s … Continue reading

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Frances Burney: the “Mother of English Fiction”

Before there was Jane Austen or even the gleam in Mr. Bronte’s eye that would engender his three novelist daughters, there was Frances Burney, master of the novel of social courtship, and according to Virginia Woolf, “the mother of English … Continue reading

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Watch, listen and learn

The audio and video recordings which were captured at our Be inspired event are now live http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/great-writers-inspire. These inspirational short talks by Oxford academics form the basis of content collections for the Great Writers Inspire website, but we didn’t want … Continue reading

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Who owns scholarship?

Two interesting articles this week press on the concern of my last post, “Creative Commons”. Part of the aim of our Great Writers Inspire project is to make high-quality, research-inspired material on literary topics freely available on the web. Part of … Continue reading

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