Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

English and Modern Languages Undergraduate Symposium

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


G301, Gibbs, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


This symposium will feature papers from across EML by final-year undergraduate students in English, Drama, Creative Writing, and Modern Languages. They will be presenting research from their dissertations and other final-year projects.

In four sessions chaired by our MA students, there will be opportunities for questions, a chance to hear about new research being done by undergraduates, and of course the afternoon will also include tea, coffee and biscuits. Please do come along to hear about some exciting discoveries and to support your fellow students!

13:00-13:35 Panel 1: Sexing the Body and the ‘Equality’ of the Sexes
Chair: Suzie Wright
Beth Rollings: ‘Feminism and fragmentation in the work of Shelley Jackson.’
Evie Lonsdale: ‘“Can an angel be found”? The Male Eunuch in the attainment of the Human Mitsein in The Magic Toyshop and The Passion of New Eve.’
13:40-14:25 Panel 2: Narrating Relationships
Chair: Sarah Waters
Eliza Thielker: ‘Reading and Writing Queer: E.M. Forster, Michel de Certeau, and Narrative.’
Emma Bates Garcia: ‘Bonds of brotherhood and male friendships in Shakespeare's works.’
Aisling Macaonghusa: ‘How to Build Los Angeles: a film.’
14:30-15:00 Refreshments
15:00-15:35 Panel 3: Representing Women
Chair: Aashmika
Miriam Sorenson: ‘Representations of African-American women in literature of the American Civil Rights movement.’
Rhiannon Croker: ‘The Sexual Politics of Meat, in The Jungle by Upton Sinclair and My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki.’
15:40-16:15 Panel 4: Perception vs. Reality
Chair: John Baldwin
Natalie Cohen: ‘“Civilisation and the Barbican,”: Japanese representations of the West through the 1860 embassy to America and the Iwakura Mission of 1871-3.’
Inigo Purcell: ‘Self-fashioning and self promotion in the works of John Taylor.’
16:15-16:30 Concluding remarks

Refreshments will be provided

Please RSVP by Monday 6 February.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact: niall.munro@brookes.ac.uk and sarah.waters-2015@brookes.ac.uk