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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 31 March 2017.

"Projections on the Map," by Prof Stephen Prickett

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - Burns 2
Stephen Prickett, Regius Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature at the University of Glasgow and honorary Professor of English at the University of Kent at Canterbury, presents on a topic of particular relevance to our position in the Pacific.

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The John Emerson Collection at the State Library of Victoria

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 - Archway 2 Lecture Theatre
In 2015, the John Emmerson collection, comprising over 5,000 early English books, with a particular emphasis on the English Civil War, was donated to the State Library of Victoria. This session will look at some of the highlights from the Emmerson Collection.

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Shakespeare Otago Regional Festival

Thursday, 6 April 2017 - Otago Boys High School Auditorium, 2 Arthur Street, Dunedin
Students from Otago secondary schools perform 5- and 15-minute scenes from Shakespeare's plays on Wednesday 5 April and Thursday 6 April.

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Shakespeare Otago Regional Festival

Wednesday, 5 April 2017 - Otago Boys High School Auditorium, 2 Arthur Street, Dunedin
Students from Otago secondary schools perform 5- and 15-minute scenes from Shakespeare's plays on Wednesday 5 April and Thursday 6 April.

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Students living up to literary reputation

Monday, 13 March 2017 3:58pm

With Dunedin’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature and its well-known legacy in publishing, it should come as no surprise that a group of Otago students have joined forces to produce their own literary publication: The Scribbler.

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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.