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Cultural Studies & Humanities Good News

The latest good news from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities.


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BBC Documentary 

Professor Ruth Robbins appeared on a BBC Two documentary, The Importance of Being Oscar, on Easter Saturday. The documentary considered Wilde’s life and times, and included contributions from Merlin Holland (Wilde’s grandson), Stephen Fry (who played Wilde in the 1997 biopic) and Gyles Brandreth (current chair of the Oscar Wilde society and author of a number of neo-Victorian novels in which Wilde ‘stars’). Ruth’s contribution was concerned with Wilde’s manipulations of genre and was based on research she undertook for her 2011 book, Oscar Wilde. For more information on the programme 

PhD student activity 

Fern Pullan 
Fern Pullan has had two conference papers accepted for events this summer. Her paper titled ‘Re-interpreting Lost Fictions: The Sensationally Scandalous Silver-Fork’ will be presented at Victorian Renewals, this year’s British Association for Victorian Studies conference, at the University of Dundee at the end of August. Just a week later, she’ll be heading to Solent University in Southampton to discuss ‘Tainted Genres: Inheriting the Gothic in the Marple and Poirot Novels’ at the fifth international Agatha Christie conference, where she’ll be reunited with her Criminal Heritage: Crime, Fiction, and History (Leeds Beckett, 2017) co-organiser, Dr. J. C. Bernthal. 

Fern is also delighted to be joining the editorial board for the recently-launched Romance, Revolution and Reform journal based at the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth Century Research. The board is a collaborative group of PhD researchers and established academics, including Andrew King, Trish Ferguson, Emma Clery and Zack White, and Fern is really looking forward to working with the other editors to develop the journal. 

Michael Reeve 
Michael Reeve has recently successfully defended his PhD, 'Securing public safety in the danger zone: naval and aerial bombardment on the north east coast of England during the First World War'. Mike is one of our AHRC Heritage Consortium students and continues our recent success of PhD completions. He is also a graduate of our BA English & History course.

Mike is pictured with his examiners, Jenny McLeod and Brad Beaven, and his supervisor, Shane Ewen and Richard Gorski (University Hull). 

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