In defence of the wolf

Wolves are returning to their former ranges across Europe and North America, resurrecting a centuries’ old war with humans. Yet wolves are losing this battle, because in our arsenal we possess not only guns, traps, and poison, but something much more powerful: the human imagination. Despite the …

June 24, 2019 | English


Virginia Woolf in Tehran

The novel, ‘Vanessa and Virginia’, by Susan Sellers, a Professor of English at the University of St Andrews, has been translated into Farsi by Zahra Amini, a graduate of the University of Tehran where she studied English Literature. ‘Vanessa and …

May 3, 2019 | English


The Fair Intellectual Club

Research by the School of English’s Professor Robert Crawford into the first of the great city rivalries of the English-speaking world – that of Edinburgh and Glasgow – has inspired a play by the comedian Lucy Porter.

March 3, 2015 | English


English poetry goes digital

The study of Medieval and Renaissance English poetry conjures up images of quiet libraries and beautiful volumes, but researchers in the School of English are endeavouring to change this image.

February 20, 2015 | English


The exponentially engaging Vanessa and Virginia

Extensive editorial and biographical research on the work of Virginia Woolf by Susan Sellers, Professor of English and Creative Writing in the School of English, led to the composition and publication of her first novel, ‘Vanessa and Virginia’, a glimpse …

September 30, 2014 | English


‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ and the ubi sunt motif

‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ by American folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger is not just an arrestingly powerful protest song from the era of the Cold War and McCarthyism; it draws on a deep tradition of lament …

February 11, 2014 | English