Gothic literature and children's literacy - a blogger's guide

| English, Humanities, Students

PhD student Lauren Christie has been producing fascinating blog posts for the Scottish Book Trust recently. Looking at Gothic literature and children's literacy, she has covered topcs such as why we love to read horror, and five tips to explore gothic fiction with children. Lauren is a second year research postgraduate student in the School of Humanities here at the University of Dundee, having also previously completed her Masters and undergraduate degrees with us. She told us a bit more about the blog project and how she came to be a guest author for the Scottish Book Trust. "My research recognises the i...

Dundee rises among world’s best for international student satisfaction

| Creative Writing, English, European Studies, History, Humanities, Languages, Philosophy

International students at the University of Dundee have rated their overall satisfaction at over 93 per cent, one of the highest scores in the latest International Student Barometer (ISB). With feedback from over 3 million students worldwide across all student types, levels and years of study, the ISB is the world's largest annual survey of international students. The results of ISB’s Autumn 2017 survey have just been released to participating universities. Overall satisfaction among the Dundee students rose from 90.9 per cent in 2016 to 93.7 per cent, the third highest score out of the 31 UK univers...

"Sex pest" Robert Burns and the long tradition of poets behaving badly - Dr Daniel Cook in The Conversation

| English, Humanities

"The poet Liz Lochhead has outed Robert Burns as a 'Sex Pest'... But why single out Burns? Some of the most acclaimed male poets have done or said many odious things." In an article for The Conversation, Dr Daniel Cook, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Dundee, discusses depictions of violence against women in poetry and argues that the time is right to reevaluate how we respond to literary traditions. See the full article...

Reanimating Rabbie – rare film screenings for Burns Night

| Engage Dundee, English, Film Studies, History, Humanities

A free event at the University of Dundee this week will celebrate Burns Night with screenings of rare films from Scotland’s National Moving Image Archive.  The programme includes two rare animated films from the 50s and 70s, Tam o’ Shanter and Tam o’ Shanter Rides Again, as well as a rare 1933 silent documentary, Homes and Haunts of Scotland's Ploughman Poet Robert Burns. Silent screen pianist and composer, Steven Gellatly will provide live musical accompaniment. Honorary Research Fellow Dr David Robb will give a short talk on Burns’ ‘Tam o’Shanter’ and Creati...

Crime writing course attracts award-winning authors

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation students at the University of Dundee will receive more than they bargained for this year, when they attend masterclasses from some of Scotland’s most acclaimed crime authors. The students will have a rare opportunity to work alongside Dame Denise Mina, an award-winning author and playwright, Lin Anderson, author of the Rhona Macleod series of crime thriller novels and co-founder of Bloody Scotland, and Russel D Maclean, a graduate of the University whose J McNee novels recently translated into Italian, French and German, following the trials and tribulations o...