'The Spanish Resurgence 1713-1748' - new book by Dr Christopher Storrs launched

| Books, European Studies, History, Humanities

The Spanish Resurgence, 1713-1748, a new book by Dr Chris Storrs, has been formally launched at the Spanish embassy in London recently. The launch event was attended by around 80 people and featured a book signing and talk by Dr Storrs.  Published by Yale University Press at the end of 2016, the book is a major reassessment of Philip V’s leadership and what it meant for the modern Spanish state.   Often dismissed as ineffective, indolent, and dominated by his second wife, Philip V of Spain (1700–1746), the first Bourbon king, was in fact the greatest threat to peace in Europe during h...

An interview with the world's first Professor of Comic Studies, Chris Murray

| Books, Comics, English, Humanities

In a fascinating recent interview with the Times Higher Education (THE) team, Chris Murray, the world's first Professor of Comic Studies, discussed ‘Mickey Mouse’ degree accusations, lessons on wartime alliances and the perils of eating cheese before bedtime. A University of Dundee academic and researcher in comics, primarily UK and US publications, Chris has become a global authority in his field. His book The British Superhero was published this month by the University Press of Mississippi.  See the full interview here Find out about studying comics at the University of Du...

H.G. Wells and comics combine for studio relaunch

| Comics, English, Humanities

The Dundee Comics Creative Space (DCCS) welcomed artists and comics fans last night for the relaunch of their artist studios and the introduction of a new comic anthology inspired by the 150th anniversary of the birth of science fiction author H.G. Wells. Ink Pot Studios, housed within the DCCS in Dundee’s Vision building, has been relaunched following the award of funding by the Rank Foundation to facilitate the appointment of new Studio Manager Norrie Millar.  While the studio has been part of the DCCS for some time now, the new appointment, which is part of the Rank Foundation’s Time to...

Graduate Claire’s first novel published by Contraband

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Cross Purpose, the debut novel of creative writing graduate Claire MacLeary, will be published this month as part of a two-book deal she signed with Sara Hunt of Saraband under their Contraband imprint. The crime thriller has been a long time coming for Claire, who is now in her 60s.  She spoke to us recently about her journey at the University of Dundee and how she came to this exciting point in her career. "I was in Professor Kirsty Gunn's first intake for the then MLitt in Creative writing. I'd always been interested in writing, but diverted for decades by child-rearing and the demands of business ...

Dundee conference inspires special edition of poetry journal

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

The Open Library of Humanities have just published a special edition of their Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, featuring papers first heard at a conference held at the University of Dundee in March 2015. The conference ‘New Papers in Contemporary British Poetry’ aimed to showcase new critical work on poets now living and working in Britain, and to provide a platform for doctoral and early-career researchers in the field to disseminate their research.  It featured participants from across the UK, and now five of those papers have featured as essays in the Journ...