Wizard of Oz: why this extraordinary movie has been so influential – Dr Brian Hoyle in The Conversation

| English, Humanities

“It seems that the tale of Dorothy's adventure on the Yellow Brick Road can reasonably lay claim to being the most influential movie of all time. "Film is a highly collaborative art form and the contributions made by every department to this film – photography, set, costume, music, editing and cast – is immaculate. Indeed, to watch The Wizard of Oz is to watch the Hollywood studio machine working at the very peak of its efficiency." In an article for The Conversation, Dr Brian Hoyle, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Dundee, discusses the vast influence of this 1939 fil...

Arctic Researcher to visit Science Fiction Programme in Dundee

| English, Humanities

Marcin Dymet, of the University of Lapland’s Arctic Centre, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (Finland), will be visiting the University of Dundee from the 22-28 November 2018. Mr Dymet is joining us to find out about our teaching and research in order to gauge how Science Fiction can be used as a tool for understanding real world issues affecting the human relationship with the Arctic ecology and its wildlife. He has been particularly drawn by the city’s rich heritage of polar exploration and the use of the arctic framing narrative in Frankenstein, the ‘Ur-text’...

Megan hopes comic will help others deal with grief

| Comics, English, Humanities, Students

Inspired by the memory of her beloved father, University of Dundee PhD student Megan Sinclair has created a new comic that explores bereavement while raising both awareness of heart disease and funds for vital medical research. Close to the Heart will be launched at a symposium at Dundee Comics Creative Space on Wednesday 21 November. The publication centres on the sudden death of Megan’s father, George, who suffered a fatal heart attack in his sleep at the age of 53 in April 2014. She says the event turned her family and life upside down but her determination to do her father proud helped drive Mega...

Poetry volume launch honours lecturer's legacy

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

Colleagues of a University of Dundee lecturer who died in 2016 will celebrate his life this week by publishing a volume of his poetry. Staff of the University’s English Programme in the School of Humanities hosted a crowdfunding campaign to raise the £2,000 needed to publish ‘THIS’, a collection of work by Dr Jim Stewart. Despite having shown little interest in making his poems public during the early stages of his career, Jim was in the process of producing a volume of his work when he received his cancer diagnosis. However, after succumbing to his illness at the age of 64, colleag...

Frankenstein Returns 'home'

| Engage Dundee, English, Humanities

The University of Dundee will next month host a series of events celebrating Mary Shelley in the city that inspired the teenage pioneer of science fiction to become a writer. Frankenstein Returns takes place at venues throughout Dundee from Friday 16 to Saturday 24 November as part of Being Human 2018, the national festival of the humanities that has this year expanded to include events in Australia, France, Italy, Singapore and the United States. One of the flagship events will be a recreation of the wildly popular Gothic shows that thrilled huge crowds around the time Shelley was writing Frankenstein. &l...