looking back: 2017 in review #1

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.

Today we’re going to focus on some of the fabulous things that our students got up to in the course of their studies.

  1. Dr Fraser Mann

    In this opening post, Nicoletta Peddis reflects on an evening listening to Andy Owen, formerly of the British Intelligence Corps and now author of East of Coker (2016). Andy was interviewed by Dr Fraser Mann as part of the York Literature Festival,  one of the many city-wide events that YSJU students are able to enjoy.

  2. Beth enjoys a glass of wine with the film

    February is LGBT History Month, which was marked at YSJU with a screening of the documentary Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger (2014). In this post, Bethany Davies introduces us to the film and explains how it changed her outlook on gender, identity and performance.

  3. (Image copyright C. Stevenson 2017)

    Studying abroad is one of the most exciting things you can experience as a student. Here, Charlotte Stevenson reflects on a term spent studying in Amsterdam. She explains the complications that come with settling in at a new university and provides a helpful primer on Dutch vocabulary.

  4. Looms at the Museum of Science and Industry

    October saw Literature and History students travelling to the Museum of Science and Industry and the People’s History Museum in Manchester to see how life was lived in the nineteenth century. A Storify of their trip sees them examining Victorian looms and radical tea towels.

  5. Amphibious

    The same month, YSJU Literature student Lydia Crosland debuted her play Amphibious at the York Theatre Royal. The play focuses on six interns all vying for the same position in one company and examines the challenges of graduating into the fast-paced labour market of the early twenty-first century. In this post Jenna Houston sits down with Lydia to discuss the play’s genesis, performance and reception.