Ideas Alive! Faculty appearances at Off the Shelf

Ideas Alive! Faculty appearances at Off the Shelf

Dr Angela Wright, from the School of English, discussed ‘the rise of the Gothic in the eighteenth century’ on Tuesday 22 October in the Showroom Café/Bar.

Ghosts, vampires and terrors have long piqued the curiosity of readers. In her talk at the Ideas Alive at 5.45 event in Sheffield’s Off the Shelf literary festival, Angela will explore some of the eighteenth century causes that lurk behind our fascination with ghosts and terrors. Taking her cue from her recently-published book Britain, France and the Gothic, 1764-1820: The Import of Terror, Angela explored how the rise of the Gothic novel in England was an indirect product of the long-standing hostilities between Britain and France in the eighteenth century and link the rising popularity of ghosts to the political and cultural anxieties of the period. Her talk concluded with a look at how contemporary ghosts and vampires serve much the same function.

Dr Simon Keegan-Phipps of the Department of Music was another Faculty academic to appear in the series, discussing  English identity and politics in the contemporary folk resurgence. Professor Neil Bermel of the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies also gave a talk, in which he discussed the Holocaust journal of 11 year old Helga Weiss, who was deported to Terezin in 1941.

On Wednesday 30 October, Dr Dominic McHugh will give a talk on beloved Broadway musical ‘My Fair Lady’. The event takes place at the Showroom Café/Bar and starts at 5.45pm.