Elizabeth Edwards (Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies) will be presenting her paper, ‘ “In Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring, / The business of his life—to sing”: Richard Llwyd and the Labouring-Class Voice’, at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 11 March 2014. The talk will take place in Cardiff University’s John Percival Building, Room 2.48.
Richard Llwyd’s brief pen portrait of the bird free ‘to sing’ points towards the diurnal nature of the labouring-class artist’s life, implicitly time-bound and work-bound. But it also celebrates the liberating and transformative effects of the creative life. Using the concept of voice as a way of introducing Llwyd’s work, this paper will consider his place within a still-expanding tradition of labouring-class poetry, his relation to the new archipelagic Romanticism, and the revelation of a distinct cultural perspective (or voice) in his writing. Read the rest of this entry »
This blog post is the first of a series by Esther McConnell, exploring graphic fiction and publishing. These posts are being written as part of Esther’s second project on the Project Management and Research undergraduate module at Cardiff University.
On this bright February day I find myself sat comfortably next to shelves colourfully lined with graphic novels. It is a quiet, sunny spot, in an otherwise deeply serious, bustling library. Unlike the dry and heavy law volumes, or the readings and re-readings of Freud; these books are bright with their colours and promise. They offer up a world of visual and narrative experiences in (thank you Cardiff University) a vast range of languages. It is against this distracting array of books that I must turn my back and begin to type.
This first blog post marks the beginning of a series based around this type of book: the graphic novel. The series will explore the history of the form, the publishing world that surrounds it, the scholarship associated with it, and, how it is reaching out into the world. This exploration into the graphic novel will take the form of a series of interviews, portrayals, reflective and research based blog posts. Nevertheless, before we get into all that, it is probably for the best if we first consider what on earth a graphic novel is. Read the rest of this entry »
This blog post is the second post of an ongoing series by Rosie Johns, exploring the challenges and opportunities involved in book publishing in the current 21st Century environment. These posts are being written as part of Rosie’s second project on the Project Management and Research undergraduate module at Cardiff University.
Interview with John Adler, Part 1: Background
John Adler founded Pomegranate Books in 1999 and established his subsequent imprint, Herbert Adler Publishing, in 2008. He has over 20 years’ experience in journalism and photography, and his skills and experience enable him to manage most aspects of publishing in-house. During his time at the University of Bristol he combined lecturing with arts administration; he edited New Theatre magazine, as well as writing the 8-volume Responses to Shakespeare. The following are extracts from a transcript of the interview that I conducted with John on 3 February 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
This blog post is the first of a series by Rosie Johns, exploring the challenges and opportunities involved in book publishing in the 21st-century environment. These posts are being written as part of Rosie’s second project on the Project Management and Research Undergraduate module at Cardiff University.
Reading is a near-essential, and vastly enjoyable, part of our lives. Humans have been creating written records for thousands of years, from the clay tablets of Mesopotamia (accredited as the earliest form of writing, dating back to 3500 BC) to the hardback and paperback books we are familiar with today.
Since the introduction of the Kindle just over five years ago, eBooks have come to represent a new era in publishing – the digital era. Books are now able to be published without manual labour, without materials and to a limitless quantity. Publishing companies have begun, and will continue, to develop vastly different technology to adapt to the new digital demands.
This series of blogs will explore the advantages and limitations of the new digital age of book publishing. I will provide anecdotal accounts, from a student perspective, of all facets of the publishing industry. Questionnaires and interviews with professionals from all sectors of the publishing industry will be drawn upon to produce a one-of-a-kind resource, which I hope will be far removed from the detached observations made by other blogs, newspapers and studies.
Publishing is a field greatly affected by digital advancement, and the question of what the future holds for book publishing is one that I am keenly interested in, both on an intellectual and personal level. This blog series seeks to give a detailed and accurate account into publishing and provide answers to questions of interest, regardless of whether (like me) you aspire to enter the field of publishing, or are simply curious about books and how they are produced.
Angie Dunstan (University of Kent) will be presenting her paper, ‘Romantic Literary Societies and their Victorian Afterlives’, at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 25 February 2014. The talk will take place in Cardiff University’s John Percival Building, Room 2.48.
In 1889, Andrew Lang bemoaned the rise of literary societies devoted to Romantic poets, complaining ‘They all demonstrate that people have not the courage to study verse in solitude and for their proper pleasure; men and women need confederates in this adventure’. Lang’s was only one voice in a lively debate as to the purpose and usefulness of Romantic literary societies at this time, particularly as the movement towards single-author societies coincided with rising suspicion towards cults of celebrity. The 1880s saw the formation of the Wordsworth Society, the Shelley Society and the Lamb Society, and each rapidly acquired authority through the membership of prominent literati. Taking the Wordsworth and the Shelley Societies as case studies, this paper explores the role of Romantic literary societies in the Victorian era, questioning whether members of such literary societies were meaningfully influenced by the politics and poetics of their Romantic figureheads, or whether such societies were, as one critic expressed it, merely places of ‘congregational enthusiasm’. Read the rest of this entry »
The Arts and Humanities Research Council has awarded a Collaborative Skills Development training grant for ‘WISE—What is Scholarly Editing?’ The programme is led by Dr Wim Van Mierlo at the Institute of English Studies, in collaboration with Dr Jane Winters (Institute of Historical Research), Dr Anthony Mandal (Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, Cardiff University) and Dr Jason Harding (Department of English, University of Durham).
Scholarly editing and the production of critical editions underpin much research in the humanities, notably in the fields of Classics, History and Literary Studies. Yet training in appropriate theoretical and methodological approaches, and importantly research management skills, is practically absent from existing research skills programmes available to postgraduate students and early career researchers. A significant portion of critical and scholarly editions are produced, it would appear, by editors who are largely self-taught. The objective of the WISE programme is to offer training and guidance for new editors to gain some experience early on in their career as editors. The development of an appropriate training framework for this core humanities research activity will help both to enhance the national skill set and to secure increased recognition for editorial activity, and indeed for collaborative, trans-disciplinary editorial work more generally. Read the rest of this entry »