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News and Events 2009
Congratulations to Nicola Brindley, who has been successful in the 2010 AHRC doctoral awards competition. Nicola gained a first class degree in English and American Literatures at Keele in 2008 and an M.Res. with distinction in 2009. Her doctoral work concerns the representation of complex systems in contemporary American fiction.
Celebrating Tennessee Williams
Sue Tyrrell, a PhD student in American Studies, was last week involved in celebrations in New York, when Tennessee Williams became the first playwright to be inducted into the American Poets' Corner at the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine in Manhattan. A member of the Board of Advisors of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, which organised the commemorative events, Sue joined stars and luminaries, including Eli Wallach, Vanessa Redgrave, John Guare and Olympia Dukakis, in celebrating the life and achievements of one of America's greatest twentieth century dramatists, whose work continues to be remembered in classic films and is familiar to generations of school and university students.
Symposium on Depictions of Diseases in US Literature
The David Bruce Centre for American Studies this week hosted a symposium on 'The Syndrome Syndrome: Disorders and Diseases in Contemporary Literature', which brought together scholars from Denmark, the Republic of Ireland and British universities including Warwick, Leeds, Southampton and Lancaster.
Organised by Drs James Peacock and Tim Lustig, American Studies, the symposium explored contemporary British and American writers' intense interest in genetic, biological and medical science – an interest which signals new forms of artistic engagement with the contemporary world.
Addressing literary and popular fiction, film and TV, travel narratives and graphic novels, panellists discussed writers such as Martin Amis, Jenni Diski, Don DeLillo and Ian McEwan from the point of view of disability studies, trauma theory, philosophies of identity and the 'neuronovel'. The symposium was attended by colleagues and undergraduates as well as past, present and prospective postgraduates in American Studies.
American Studies at Keele one of 14 programme groups rated excellent by Sunday Times survey
Literature Prize Winners
The winners of the Charles Swann Essay Prize for 2009 they are Jonathan Crump and Christopher Prendergast