On Monday 20th May, staff from the Literature and Creative Writing programmes were delighted to celebrate with our third-year students, who have just finished studying for their degrees. We would like to wish all of our finishing students a hearty congratulations and fond farewell!
After a very close race, Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad has won the battle to become YSJU’s second Big Summer Read. Further details will be announced shortly.
The Literature programme is delighted to announce an exciting new award for our first year students.
Continue reading “words matter first year prize”
Which book will be the focus of York St John’s second Big Summer Read? You decide! Continue reading “ysju big summer read”
by Charlotte Stevenson
Picture the scene: it’s late, dark and stormy. Somewhere far from here, Victor Frankenstein has finished putting together the pieces of his creation and with the smallest flicker of a yellow eye, he’s done it – he has conquered the mystery of human life! Continue reading “defining humanity: mary shelley and the shape of water”
By Zoe Buckton
Last week, third year Gender and Sexualities students headed down to CityScreen to see Guillermo Del Toro’s new, critically acclaimed movie The Shape of Water. If you’ve heard of The Shape of Water you’ll probably be aware of its key plot point: a romantic arc between a mute woman and what can best be described as a humanoid fish. Continue reading “film review: the shape of water”
by Lizzie Hope and Gemma Linfoot-King
The ‘All About Respect’ project exists to prevent sexual violence, harassment, and abuse, and to promote the importance of healthy relationships, consent, and respect among students in York. We have been working closely with students to help create material to promote our message, and are currently seeking creative writing, blog content, art work, or anything else creative to use alongside our leaflets and posters. Continue reading “all about respect”
By Adam Cummins
Ursula Le Guin was an author who wrote novels and poetry. Most would call her a science fiction and a fantasy author. She was born in 1929 in California, where she was raised in a house with three brothers. She submitted her first story to a magazine when she was just eleven years old: it was rejected. This did not deter her. Continue reading “in memory of ursula k. le guin”
This is the last post celebrating all things 2017 on the English Literature programme at YSJU. It only seems right to finish by celebrating the students who moved on last year: who submitted their dissertations, graduated and went on to work or further study (some on our very own MA in Contemporary Literature…). Continue reading “looking back: 2017 in review #3”
This is the second post celebrating 2017 the world of English Literature at YSJU. Today we’re going to be looking at some of the debates that took place across the programme, ranging from a robot reading group to pressing questions regarding diversity and the university curriculum. Continue reading “looking back: 2017 in review #2”
Now that the January deadlines have been met and we’re looking forward to Spring term, the time is ripe to look back on 2017. What did life as an English Literature undergraduate at YSJU look like last year? Over the next few days, we’re going to be doing a little retrospective to celebrate the year that has passed and look forward to the year that is to come. Continue reading “looking back: 2017 in review #1”
by Charlotte Stevenson
Earlier this year in March, just after the daffodils were gone, I received an email saying that my application to study abroad for a semester had been approved and that I would officially be a student of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam as of September 2017. That day was a good day and, in the time since then, so much has happened. Continue reading “reflections on studying abroad: amsterdam”
There is still time to register to participate in the third-year dialogue morning that will take place at 1000 on Monday 11 December in HG147. Tea, coffee and Danishes will be provided, as well as a wonderful opportunity to engage with teaching staff and discuss the opportunities being made available to all third years. To register for a place, please email Alex Beaumont (email@example.com).
An exciting opportunity has arisen for students to write in a wonderful surroundings of the Bar Convent Library Archives in York. Continue reading “writing session at the bar convent”
The Literature team would like to wish our graduating class of 2017 our warmest congratulations! Continue reading “congratulations class of 2017!”