News from the Institute of English Studies

Thursday 1 May 2008

IES’s research facilitation goes global

Professor Simon Eliot has just secured a $15,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation of New York to develop a new research project in International Book History. ‘The trade in educational texts 1800-1920’ will study the enormous economic and cultural impact of the trade in textbooks and other educational publications between the UK, India and South Africa. The Delmas money will support one researcher from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, and one from the University of Pretoria or the University of the Witwatersrand working with Professor Eliot in London for a month. Most of their time will be spent identifying and mapping the relevant research resources in the BL, the National Archives, and in publishers’ archives in Reading, Oxford and Cambridge. From this work will emerge a series of research questions, and set of standardised research methodologies which will help answer them. Work on the subject will then be continued on three separate continents with the Institute’s Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies promoting, co-ordinating and facilitating the programme.

IES’s London Rare Books School attracts external funding (for the second year)

For the second year running the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) has generously agreed to give the London Rare Books School (LRBS) £2000 to fund eight bursaries to help support students attending the School this July. Most LRBS courses are designed to equip researchers with the specialist skills required by the various branches of book history research. This year LRBS goes one step further in offering two courses that are designed both to facilitate research and to train budding antiquarian booksellers: ‘Children’s Books’ taught by the international authority Jill Shefrin, and ‘Modern First Editions’ to be taught by some of London’s most distinguished antiquarian booksellers.

Radio 4: Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time 17 April 2008

The following link is to Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time 17 April 2008, in which Professor Roy Foster of Hertford College, Oxford; Professor Warwick Gould of the Institute of English Studies and Dr Fran Brearton of Queen’s University Belfast discussed W. B. Yeats and Irish Politics: