English Seminar: Anne Rogerson, ‘Are Dons Monsters?: Dorothy L. Sayers’ Gaudy Night and the Aeneid’

Anne Rogerson, ‘Are Dons Monsters?: Dorothy L. Sayers’ Gaudy Night and the Aeneid’ The Aeneid echoes strangely through Dorothy L. Sayers’ Gaudy Night (1935). The poison pen letters that precipitate the story use Virgil’s horrendous Harpies as figures for the novel’s women dons, and throughout this classic work of detective fiction Virgilian allusions continue thick …

English Seminar: Rethinking Dramatic Irony with John Williams’s Stoner

Lucas Thompson, ‘Rethinking Dramatic Irony with John Williams’s Stoner’ John Williams’s recently rediscovered post-war American classic Stoner (1965) — virtually unknown until its republication in 2003 — has received widespread public and critical acclaim. But since the entire plot is told in capsule form on page one, why do readers keep reading? What do they want to …

English Seminar: Into the Wild: Characterising Hagar in Medieval Texts

Emma Knowles, ‘Into the Wild: Characterising Hagar in Medieval Texts’ Abstract: Ecocriticism and medieval biblical poetry might, at first glance, seem an odd mix. In this paper, however, I will argue that such a combination is actually the basis for a fruitful reinterpretation of the Old English poem Genesis A and related texts. Hagar and …

Lecture and discussion: Charmaine Papertalk Green on ‘Writing Country’

In October we welcome Yamaji author Charmaine Papertalk Green, one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal poets. Please join us for a public lecture and discussion by Charmaine Papertalk Green on ‘Writing Country’, hosted by the Visiting Indigenous Writers’ Program and the Department of English. Charmaine Papertalk Green is from the Wajarri, Badimaya and Southern Yamaji peoples …

Book launch: Nganajungu Yagu by Charmaine Papertalk Green

In October we welcome Yamaji author Charmaine Papertalk Green, one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal poets. In association with Cordite Books and the Sydney Environment Institute symposium ‘Unsettling Ecological Poetics’, please join us at the Sydney launch of Charmaine Papertalk Green’s new book Nganajungu Yagu. Charmaine Papertalk Green is from the Wajarri, Badimaya and Southern Yamaji …