Sarah MacDougall, ‘Rediscovering the Whitechapel Girl’

A free public lecture as part of the exhibition, ‘Colours more than sentences’: Illustrated editions of The Ballad of Reading Gaol. 

Clare Winsten (1894-1989) was the sole female member of the ‘Whitechapel Boys’, a group of artists and poets who emerged from the Anglo-Jewish communities of East London in the early 20th century. In 1968 she drew a series of illustrations for an unpublished edition of The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Three of these are currently on display at the Berkshire Record Office as part of an exhibition of illustrated Ballads.
Art historian Sarah MacDougall (Eva Frankfurther Research Fellow and Curator of the Ben Uri Gallery), will be sharing her new research on Clare Winsten.

Thursday 19 April at 6pm

Admission is free, but please book by email to arch@reading.gov.uk.

Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading RG1 6AF

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Archives & Texts Seminars: Guest lecture

Dr Rod Rosenquist (Northampton) will speak in “Autobiography, Authorial Celebrity and Sales: Gertrude Stein and Wyndham Lewis in the Archives”

 

 

 

5pm-6pm, Thursday 19th April, Edith Morley building, 257.

All welcome

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RUSU Award for Diverse and Inclusive Teaching

The Department of English Literature is pleased to announce that Dr Maddi Davies has won the ‘RUSU Excellence Award for Diverse and Inclusive Teaching’.

Maddi writes, ‘Thank you to all our students who nominated me for this award; I’m truly touched by what you wrote about my teaching. I hope that some of you will help me celebrate by coming along to the presentation of the award at the RUSU Teaching and Learning Partnership Showcase which is taking place in the Meadow Suite on Tuesday 24th April between 12-2pm. As I said last year at the RUSU presentations, good teaching is produced by excellent students so I feel as though this award belongs to all of us.’

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The Business of a woman’s life

Female authorship, celebrity, and fandom in the long 19th century

An interdisciplinary conference.

University of Reading, 26th March 2018.

Plenary speaker:   Prof. Alexis Easley, University of St. Thomas

Sponsored by the British Association for Victorian Studies and the University of Reading.

Papers on everything from the digital afterlives of Jane Austen and Marie Corelli’s fan mail.

For full details, programme and registration information, go to www.authorshipcelebrityfandom.wordpress.com

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Rural Riders and Radicals: the DEL-MERL visiting speakers series

22nd March, 12-1pm, Museum of English Rural Life.

Jos Smith, Vibrant localism: the story of Common Ground

Jos will introduce the work of Common Ground and explore the group’s relationship to rural England, in which ideas of the local are re-energised through a close engagement with the arts.

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GCMS Seminar

Thursday, 15th March at 4.30 pm in Edith Morley 124

Victoria Flood (University of Birmingham)

‘Fairy Narratives from the Welsh March: Re-localisations of the Melusine Legend’

Drinks and nibbles to follow in G27L

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Teachout: Wednesday March 7th, Rising Sun Arts Centre. 11-7 All welcome.

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‘Colours More Than Sentences’

An exhibition of illustrated editions of Oscar Wilde’s The Ballad of Reading Gaol, curated with Michael Seeney, and held in the 120th anniversary year of the Ballad’s first publication

Opens Wednesday, 14th March 2018 at Berkshire Record Office, Coley Avenue, Reading RG1 6AF.

 

On 13 February 1898 the first edition of The Ballad of Reading Gaol was published in London. It was attributed to an anonymous author, ‘C.3.3’, which was the cell occupied by the writer Oscar Wilde. Wilde’s poem dealt with his experience of prison as filtered through the death sentence passed on a fellow convict, Trooper Charles Wooldridge, for the murder of his wife, Ellen. ‘Yet each man kills the thing he loves’ is the Ballad’s famous conclusion, and that line and others have inspired artists across the globe to translate the Ballad’s stanzas into imagery. Wilde once remarked to a friend that he liked ‘lines more than words, and colours more than sentences’. Exhibiting the illustrated Ballads means we can enjoy all of these together.

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Teachout, starting March 5th

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Feminism 100

Thursday 8th March, Edith Morley Building, Room G25, 5-7pm

International Women’s Day Debate and Celebration: ‘Press for Progress’.

Dr Madeleine Davies (SLL) organises an ‘International Women’s Day’ event for students every year. This takes the form of talks from senior colleagues at UoR and a student-led debate following the talks. The event is primarily student-facing and is always a lively affair. The evening will conclude the series of celebrations that constitute ‘Feminism 100’.

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