Professor Valerie Worth-Stylianou’s recent book, Pregnancy and Birth in Early Modern France: Treatises by Caring Physicians and Surgeons (1581-1625), has been awarded the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW)’s 2013 prize for the Best Teaching Edition in the field of gender and women’s studies. Details.
We are delighted to announce that Henrike Lähnemann, currently Chair in German Studies at the University of Newcastle, will be joining us as the Chair of Medieval German. This is one of the eight statutory chairs of the Faculty for Medieval and Modern Languages — and the first to be taken up in German by a woman in the 150 years of history of Modern Languages at Oxford. Her predecessors are Peter Ganz, the famous medievalist and editor, among other texts, of the Tristan by Gottfried of Straßburg, and Nigel F. Palmer, one of the best known academic British figures in German medieval Studies. She will start her new job on 1 January 2015.
Twenty-five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall the poet Volker Braun will give a special reading of old and new work and answer questions with David Constantine and Karen Leeder on Tuesday 11 Nov. at 5pm, in the Seminar Room, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road.
This will be followed by a reception to mark the launch of Rubble Flora: Selected Poems (2014), to which everyone is welcome. This is the first collection of Braun’s poetry in English and spans 50 years of poems.
Spaces are limited and will be on a strictly first come first served basis. Please register with email@example.com if you wish to attend.
The French schools liaison blog, Adventures on the Bookshelf, is celebrating its first anniversary this week, and also its quarter-of-a-millionth page-view. Over the last twelve months it’s grown from a trickle of interest at first, to now welcoming up to 6000 visitors a day, and having readers in over 100 countries (including Azerbaidjan, Brunei and Tokelau). A look back at some of its greatest hits.
An Oxford DPhil student (Sarah Hickmott, Merton) has won the 2014 R. H. Gapper Postgraduate Essay Prize, accorded by the Society for French Studies, for an essay titled ‘(En) Corps Sonore’, an interdisciplinary reflection on the question of listening in the work of the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy. The prize includes an award of £750 and expenses-paid travel to the Annual Conference of the Society.
The joint runners-up for this year’s award included another Oxford postgraduate, Emma Claussen (St John’s), along with Edmund Birch (Cambridge).
In 2013 an Oxford undergraduate Dulcie fforde (SEH) won another major prize accorded by the Society for French Studies, the R.H. Gapper Undergraduate Essay Competition. The 2014 prize is yet to be accorded.
A feast of narrative imagination and directorial invention!
With 179 entries from across 42 schools, the University of Oxford’s second French film essay competition received over three times more entries than in 2012, and from a greater number of schools and colleges. Equal to last year, though, was the very impressive range and richness of responses to the two set films: Comme une image (Years 10-11) and Un air de famille (Years 12-13). Entrants re-wrote the closing chapter, picking up narrative threads left hanging by each film’s ambiguous ending. So rich were the responses that, in addition to the winner and runner-up in each category, a selection of further entries were offered special commendation. To read more about the re-writings of each film, click here.
Professor Viala’s Histoire de la littérature – Le Moyen Âge which is box-set of 5 CDs with readings by Daniel Mesguich, won the “Coup de cœur” 2013 de l’Académie Charles Cros/Union européenne des Maisons de la poésie. He and Daniel were awarded the prize at a ceremony on Sunday 9 June at the Marché de la Poésie in the Place Saint-Sulpice.
On Tuesday 18 June languages teachers from across Oxfordshire joined languages lecturers from Oxford University to share their expertise in Oxford’s first ever MFL teachmeet. A teachmeet is a bit like a conference but each presentation lasts for a short period of time – usually two or five minutes. Each presenter explains an activity or technique which has worked well for them. It’s about sharing best practice, inspiring others and making connections with other educators.
The event was organised by Helen Swift, University Lecturer in Medieval French and Schools Liaison Officer for the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, and the heads of languages in the OCL (Oxford City Learning) schools: Cheney, Wheatley Park, Matthew Arnold, St. Gregory The Great and Oxford Spires. These schools work together to share ideas, challenge and support each other. 35 teachers and lecturers attended the event. Most of the teachers were from OCL schools but there were also representatives from Henry Box, Bartholomew and Didcot Girls.
Professor Terence Cave, Emeritus Professor of French in the Faculty of Mediæval and Modern Languages at Oxford and Emeritus Research Fellow of St John’s, is to be congratulated on being appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Literary Scholarship. Author of major works of criticism, including The Cornucopian Text: Problems of Writing in the French Renaissance (1979), Recognitions: a Study in Poetics (1988), Pré-Histoires (1999, 2001) and, most recently, Mignon’s Afterlives: Crossing Cultures from Goethe to the Twenty-First Century (2011), Professor Cave was recognised by the award of the International Balzan Prize (2009) “for his outstanding contributions to a new understanding of Renaissance literature and of the influence of Aristotelian poetics in modern European literature”. He used the prize to set up a research project, the Balzan Interdisciplinary Seminar, based at the St John’s College Research Centre, to address the question “What are the nature and value of literature as an object of knowledge in the interdisciplinary spectrum?” The Modern Languages Faculty is delighted at…