The network is an initiative of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, with the support of the Founding Partners Jesus College, Oxford, Magdalen College School, Oxford, and BMW Group Plant Oxford. It is designed to encourage and promote the study and enjoyment of German-language culture in the Oxford area and beyond, and will work closely with schools of all types as well as university departments, organisations and companies at a local and national level.
Alongside the website, the network’s core activities will include facilitating workshops and events for learners of German and running a national competition: the Oxford German Olympiad.
Professor Patrick McGuinness has the won the 2012 Writers Guild Award for Best Fiction for his book The Last Hundred Days.
Miss Amy Cowan (Hertford College) has won the 2012 R.H. Gapper Undergraduate Essay Prize for her essay on the topic: ‘A la recherche du temps perdu has been described as an epistemological quest. Explain and exemplify what this might mean.’ The essay was judged outstanding by both the initial readers in the first round, and by the second round panel of judges.
The prize is awarded by the Society for French Studies for an essay in English or French, of between 2,000 and 5,000 words, on any subject within the scope of French studies. The award is for outstanding academic merit at undergraduate level, and the judges are a subcommittee of the Trustees of the Society for French Studies.
Miss Jessica Benhamou (St Hugh’s College), must also be congratulated as being among the shortlist of six considered in the second round.
The Modern Language Association of America has awarded its twentieth annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies to Frédérique Aït-Touati, of the University of Oxford, Saint John’s College, for her book Fictions of the Cosmos: Science and Literature in the Seventeenth Century, published by the University of Chicago Press. The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding scholarly work that is written by a member of the association and that involves at least two literatures.
The 2011 Sylvia Naish Lecture will be held on Thursday, 24 March 2011 and will be given by Alexandra Lloyd (Wadham College, Oxford) on ‘Zeitzeugen’ and ‘Sachzeugen’: the Physical Legacy of Third Reich Childhood.
The Sylvia Naish Lectures were launched in memory of Sylvia Naish, an accomplished linguist, translator, Friend of Germanic Studies and benefactor of the former Institute of Germanic Studies.
Each year, research students registered for higher degrees in the field of Germanic studies at Universities in the United Kingdom are invited to submit proposals for the next lecture. The event forms part of the Institute’s programme of activities, open to the public. The theme of the lecture should be related to the student’s topic of research. Modest travel and/or accommodation expenses as appropriate will be covered by the Sylvia Naish Bequest. The lecture is published in abridged form in the next issue of the Newsletter, annual magazine of the Friends of Germanic Studies.
Each candidate is allowed TWO entries, which can be selected from ANY period of Italian literature. Entries should be sent, in hard copy, to Dr. E. Tandello at Christ Church — please NO electronic entries, unless you happen to be a third-year student currently abroad.
For any information about the prize, and conditions of entry, please contact Ela Tandello at Christ Church.
The Faculty regrets to announce the death of Paul Foote on 1 March 2011 in the John Radcliffe Hospital. Mr Foote was University Lecturer in Russian from 1954 until his retirement in 1993, and Fellow and Praelector in Russian at Queen’s from 1964 until his retirement (and latterly an Emeritus Fellow).
More information regarding arrangements will follow. Our condolences go to his family, friends, and former colleagues.
A memorial service for Gudrun Loftus, Senior Language Instructor in German, will take place in St John’s Chapel on Friday 6 May 2011, 11am, followed by a reception in the Garden Quad Reception Room, St John’s College.
All friends, colleagues, and students past and present are welcome to attend (there is no need to RSVP).
Patrick McGuinness, Professor of French and Comparative Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford has been made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in recognition of his creative writing. The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, established in 1957, rewards “artists who have significantly contributed to the development of art and literature in France and in the rest of the world.”
Professor McGuinness has written two books of poems — The Canals of Mars (2004) and Jilted City (2010), both published by Carcanet – which have been translated into several languages and have appeared, translated by Gilles Ortlieb, in French poetry journals, notably Théodore Balmoral. His edition of Charles Dantzig’s Collected Poems was published by Grasset last year.
His novel — The Last Hundred Days — about the downfall of the Ceausescu regime in Romania is due for publication later this month, and he is working on a book on Poetry and Radical Politics in fin de siècle France.