Harlaxton Manor – Lincoln University link-up for students.


Harlaxton Manor in Grantham are co-hosting an event for students from both campuses. Harlaxton is a study abroad campus for American students who come to the manor on an exchange. The idea is that Lincoln students go to the Harlaxton Manor for a Wednesday afternoon/evening, and Harlaxton students come to Lincoln for a Wednesday afternoon/evening. Think of it as a mini international exchange without all the travelling!

The event is open for all students from all programmes and all years, so anyone can apply. This is an especially great event for students who are interested in studying abroad, students who just came back from an international exchange (especially when they went to the USA), have an affiliation with the USA in any way, or students who just love amazing manor houses. Students can apply by sending an e-mail to studyabroad@lincoln.ac.uk.

On Wednesday the 15th of November students from Lincoln (who have applied) go to the Harlaxton Manor for an afternoon/evening to visit the campus and meet the American students there.  There will be food, and fun and academic activities throughout the day, and we’ll arrange transportation to and from Harlaxton.

On Wednesday the 29th of November students from Harlaxton will come to Lincoln and we’ll arrange a similar programme for them, including a lecture, activities and a meal. Students who went to Harlaxton should also attend this day to greet the students and share in their activities here.

(from Joyce Opdenoordt)

The Study Abroad Fair, #UniversityOfLincoln

The International Office Mobility Team will be hosting their first Study Abroad Fair!

The Study Abroad Fair will take place on the 25th of October between 12 and 2 PM on the first floor platform of the Minerva Building.

During this event, exchange students from all over the world who are in Lincoln now will be showcasing their country and their home university in colourful booths. They will be joined by students from the University of Lincoln who have returned from their Study Abroad exchange, to share stories and experiences with interested students.

Modern Times: Camille Paglia and Jordan B Peterson

“Dr. Camille Paglia is a well-known American intellectual and social critic. She has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (where this discussion took place) since 1984. She is the author of seven books focusing on literature, visual art, music, and film history, among other topics. The most well-known of these is Sexual Personae (http://amzn.to/2xVGEEV), an expansion of her highly original doctoral thesis at Yale. The newest, Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism, was published by Pantheon Books in March 2017 (http://amzn.to/2hGycTG).

Dr. Paglia has been warning about the decline and corruption of the modern humanities for decades, and she is a serious critic of the postmodern ethos that currently dominates much of academia. Although she is a committed equity feminist, she firmly opposes the victim/oppressor narrative that dominates much of modern American and British feminism.

In this wide-ranging discussion, we cover (among other topics) the pernicious influence of the French intellectuals of the 1970’s on the American academy, the symbolic utility of religious tradition, the tendency toward intellectual conformity and linguistic camouflage among university careerists, the under-utilization of Carl Jung and his student, Erich Neumann, in literary criticism and the study of the humanities, and the demolition of the traditional roles and identity of men and women in the West.”

Chris Packham Creative Writing Workshop, 10 October 2017

For Lincoln Univ students:

Our Visiting Professor Chris Packham will be delivering a masterclass on Creative Writing on the 10th of October and we currently have 24 places available.

Chris will read from ‘Fingers in the Sparkle Jar’ and talk about the process of writing, personal use of language and style, and changing the copy of the spoken word version.

The masterclass takes place from 8.30am until 10am on Tuesday the 10th of October, in MB3201.

If you would like to attend, please email kdorr@lincoln.ac.uk with the name of your course and level of study.

Listen to the poets – for my MA Creative Writing students

Following our discussion of Robert Creeley’s poem, “I Know a Man”, you may be interested in listening to the poet reading the poem at different times in his life. These recordings can be found at PennSound, which is a living archive of modern and contemporary poets: http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/authors.php

You can also listen to William Carlos Williams reading “The Red Wheelbarrow” on the same site.


Prep for Intro to Victorian Poetry lecture (Week 2). ENL1012M


Week 2, Wednesday, 4 October, 10.00 – 11.00, DCB1101:

The following are the poems to which I refer in my lecture on Introduction to Victorian Poetry. All except “The Leper” by Swinburne* are contained within The Norton Anthology The Victorian Age (Volume E). They are also easily available in secondhand collections and anthologies, and online. Please take a look at them beforehand.

“Stanzas from the Grand Chartreuse”, Matthew Arnold

“Dover Beach”, Matthew Arnold

“Sonnet 17”, from Later Life, Christina Rossetti**

“No Coward Soul Is Mine”, Emily Bronte

“Ulysses”, Tennyson

”Tithonus”, Tennyson

“My Last Duchess”, Robert Browning

“Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”, Robert Browning

“The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”, Edward FitzGerald**

“Jabberwocky”, Lewis Carroll

“The Jumblies”, Edward Lear

“Jenny”, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

“The Leper”, Algernon Charles Swinburne


* A copy can be found online – http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Leper

**  http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19188/19188-h/19188-h.htm#II_154

Close reading of first 4 paras of The Fox (ILS and others)

Here’s a podcast of me analysing the first four paragraphs of The Fox by D H Lawrence, as an example of close reading. Although it will be of specific interest to ILS (Introduction to Literary Studies) students, it will also be useful to all Eng Lit students.