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Review on the power of prejudice in Harper Lee’s, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

This blog post was written by first year English student, Harriet Mills. To Kill A Mockingbird was the novel that made me see that books are about way more than just the plot or ‘telling a story.’ After reading such a powerful book that explores the power of stereotypes and contextually the deep-rooted injustice within …

Harry Potter and the Library of Nostalgia

This blog post was written by first year English student, Polly Moss. Having reread the first Harry Potter book over Easter for my course, I was struck both by how nostalgic the book made me, as well as how far it was possible to continue to appreciate the series as both a child and as …

In Defence of ‘The YouTube Book’

This blog post was written by first year English student, Polly Moss. When walking into a Waterstones or WHSmith and heading to the Young Adult section nowadays it is not uncommon to come across a shelf reserved specifically for books written by YouTubers. Nestled among the vampire romance and dystopian fiction many remember as the …

Staging The James Plays in Nottingham

This blog was written by Peter Kirwan, Assistant Professor in Shakespeare & Early Modern Drama Rona Munro’s trilogy The James Plays is a unique piece of event theatre. Three plays performed by one ensemble of actors, focusing in turn on the reigns of James I, James II and James III of Scotland; staged on an epic …

D. H. Lawrence and Work

This blog post was written by Dr Andrew Harrison, Assistant Professor in English Literature, from the School of English. On Wednesday 13 January 2016 I participated in a pre-show discussion at the National Theatre on the topic of ‘D. H. Lawrence and Work’. The event was scheduled to accompany its current production of Husbands and …

Notes from research leave: close encounters with the book

I’m currently on research leave completing a couple of projects. One of these is a new, student-focused edition of Doctor Faustus, and my leave allows me time to visit the archives necessary for editorial work. We’re fortunate at Nottingham to have access to Early English Books Online (EEBO), a database containing thousands of scanned early …

The Return

The New Wipers Times The Wipers Times was a renowned trench magazine, published by Nottingham’s Sherwood Foresters whilst fighting on the frontlines during the Great War, 1914-1918. Working with army families, the New Wipers Times is a ‘graphic anthology’ that gives a glimpse of army life today. In early 1916 the 12th Battalion of the …

Out of the Shadow of Shakespeare

Shakespeare casts a long shadow. Particularly in this Olympic year, he’s absolutely everywhere – in a new exhibition at the British Museum, in the World Shakespeare Festival of performances taking place around the country (which I’ll be revisiting in my next post), and even during the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics themselves, which is based …

Adapting DH Lawrence’s ‘Women in Love’

The screenwriter, playwright and actor William Ivory received an honorary doctorate from Nottingham in 2009, and came back to the university on 17 March 2011 with the television producer Mark Pybus (whose parents are both graduates from Nottingham) to discuss the new BBC/Company Pictures version of Women in Love. The television film will be shown …