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New PhD Scholarship announced

The Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Otago invites applications for a new doctoral scholarship in literary studies: The University of Otago City of Literature PhD Scholarship.

The scholarship celebrates the granting of UNESCO City of Literature status to Dunedin, New Zealand, where the main campus of the University of Otago is located. The scholarship is open to applicants of any nationality and to any area of literary studies.

The Department of English and Linguistics welcomes applications for PhD projects across a broad range of areas ranging from medieval to digital literature. Department strengths include New Zealand and postcolonial literature, Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, eighteenth-century literature, Romanticism, comparative literature, global modernism, cognitive approaches to literary studies, literature and language pedagogy, linguistic approaches to literature, contemporary poetry and fiction, creative writing, Irish and Scottish studies, the history of the book, and new media literature.

Applications for the inaugural University of Otago City of Literature Scholarship are invited on or before 1 February 2018.

Burns Fellowship 60th anniversary event

Saturday, 8 September 2018
This event will be part of a series of events to celebrate the Burns Fellowship 60th anniversary.

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Burns Fellowship 60th anniversary event

Thursday, 6 September 2018
Burns Fellowship 60th anniversary event

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Centre for the Book Public Lecture: Hazel Wilkinson, 'The Digital Life of Decorated Books'

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 - Burns 5, ground floor, Arts/Burns Building (Albany Street end)
Hazel Wilkinson (University of Birmingham) will talk about the Fleuron database, which has indexed around 1.5 million 18th-century printers' ornaments. 

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English & Linguistics Friday Seminar: John Hale - John Dryden and John Milton: Connected, compared, and contrasted

Friday, 23 March 2018 - Castle D - the seminar room near the Leith, and at the Richardson Building end of the Castle Lecture Theatre complex
Honorary Fellow John K. Hale speaks on the points of contact between John Milton and John Dryden, ranging from their translating work in the same Government office in the 1650s, to Dryden asking Milton for permission to turn 'Paradise Lost' into an opera!

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Otago academic awarded prize for meticulous work on historic journalism

Monday, 29 January 2018 3:12pm

A University of Otago academic has received a prestigious award for his work on 18th century writer James Boswell.

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Otago hosts Jane Austen 200

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:00am

Professor Paul Tankard will kick off the University’s commemorations of the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death this evening with a talk exploring the times, life, works and legacy of the 18th century novelist.

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Accent reveals Shakespeare’s meanings

Monday, 17 July 2017 9:21am

Author and actor Ben Crystal visited Otago last month, giving an eye-opening talk about what can be learned from hearing and speaking Shakespeare’s works as they were originally pronounced.

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Opinion: Fox News afraid of Shakespeare?

Monday, 19 June 2017 12:53pm

Sponsors of a Donald Trump-themed interpretation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar pulled their funding following a heated media debate recently. However Professor Lyn Tribble argues that the value of Shakespeare’s work is that it can be transposed into modern settings.

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Successful after hours “literary subterfuge”

Monday, 29 May 2017 11:50am

Being led into the University Council Chambers by a security guard added to the fun of Book Night, say those who attended last week’s event.

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Special Collections offers weekly tours of new exhibition

Friday, 9 December 2016 1:38pm

Weekly tours through the University’s latest Special Collections exhibition will offer visitors a chance to hear some of the more complex stories of the literary families on display.

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2016 Arts Fellows given warm reception at the Hocken

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 1:50pm

This place is charming, eclectic, even seductive, according to the Arts Fellows for 2016.

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“Perfect guest” at Otago for World Book Day

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 12:48pm

In a significant coup for Otago, rare book dealer, writer, broadcaster and founder of two private presses Dr Rick Gekoski will give the 2016 World Book Day Lecture tomorrow evening.

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Ackerley “part of a very lucky generation”

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 10:57am

“I had a moment in my youth, slightly inebriated, sitting on some Christchurch student flat floor, when I thought, ‘oh dear, I’ve fallen in love with literature’,” recollects Otago English Professor Chris Ackerley, who retired this month.