First book published on utopian plays calls for drama to be taken seriously as a utopian cultural form
The first full-length study to examine utopian plays in Western drama from antiquity to the present, Utopian Drama: In Search of a Genre (Methuen Drama, 2022) analyses utopian drama through the ages, and considers the added value that live performance brings to the fictional presentation of utopian societies.
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë and the truth about the ‘real-life Heathcliff’
When Emily Brontë published Wuthering Heights in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, outraged Victorian critics deemed it savage, indecent and immoral. One described it as “a compound of vulgar depravity and unnatural horrors”.
English achieves outstanding results in Research Excellence Framework 2021
English has achieved outstanding results in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. An impressive 83% of the Division’s research was rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent', 62% of its environment rated 'world leading', and 52.4% of its outputs rated 'world leading'.
New project to record, curate and archive 50 years’ worth of feminist stories and memorabilia to secure the legacy of an extraordinary movement
Loughborough University and the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire, are working together to record, curate, and archive 50 years’ worth of oral histories and digitised records of feminist artists in Ireland and the UK.
From the great plague to the 1918 flu, history shows that disease outbreaks make inequality worse
In May 2021, virologist Angela Rasmussen reflected how “if the last 18 months have demonstrated anything, it’s that we would do well to remember the lessons of past pandemics as we try to prevent future ones”. This includes ensuring we come out stronger.
New video highlights the spying career of 17th century novelist Aphra Behn – England’s first professional woman writer
With the help of Loughborough University’s Professor Elaine Hobby, an expert in 17th century studies, the Archives has created a seven-minute video which tells the story of how Behn briefly became an undercover agent of King Charles II.
A Walk through Loughborough's Cinema History with Andrew Dix
Because of coronavirus, Loughborough's cinemas currently lie empty and silent. While we wait for them to be lively again, this podcast recaptures the vivid history of the town's film-watching from the end of the nineteenth century to the present
Creative Writing graduate performs debut grime-poetry show at London’s Royal Court Theatre
Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson (MA in Creative Writing, 2012) recently brought together music, movement, lyrics and poetry for a show commissioned to celebrate the centenary of a milestone in the campaign for gender equality.