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.
The first published novel by Patrick McGuinness, Professor of French and Comparative Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for fiction for 2011. ‘The Last Hundred Days’ was inspired by his experience of the 1989 Romanian revolution.
The Chair of the Faculty Board is sad to announce that Mrs Gudrun Loftus, the Senior Language Instructor in German, died as the result of a tragic accident on Tuesday. Colleagues and students past and present will share our sense of loss, and our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time. Funeral arrangements will be circulated in due course and the Faculty hopes to arrange an occasion later in the academic year at which we can remember her.