Individual Research Projects
Our second-year undergraduates studying English literature (1350-1550) work on individual research projects. Lecturer in English, Dr Gareth Evans, encourages the students to work on a topic of their choice within the period. They are also free to present the work in whatever format they think most appropriate. Dr Evans is always impressed by his students' hard work, their creativity, and their conceptual sophistication, never more so than in Hilary Term 2022.
Nina Halpenny investigated the phenomenology of Julian of Norwich’s visions by comparing them to the experience of visual art. She made a striking cross-temporal comparison with Yves Klein, offering a short audiovisual piece, a number of artworks, and a live performance.
Kirsty Miles devised a performance - Wyatt’s Echo - that considered and responded to the uncertainties and possibilities of Thomas Wyatt’s work having been performed alongside music. Through six pieces, the performance considered the various different possible relations between music and poetry, and between speaker and violinst. Listen to a recording of one of these pieces - ‘It is possible’.
Charlie Reeder produced a wonderful documentary on The Cloude of Unknowyng - a masterpiece on the particularities of Apophatic Theology within the world of Medieval English Mystic Poetry.
Well done to all on these fascinating and impressive research projects.