Much Ado About Mansfield and Mods

July has continued to be a busy month for researchers at the School of the Arts.


Joss Whedon (2013)
Wikimedia Commons.

On Friday 12th July, Dr Lorna Jowett did a pre-screening talk for Joss Whedon’s contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy about love and deception, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.  Jowett’s entertaining and informative talk has ensured that the School of the Arts is at the forefront of supporting Northampton’s new art-house cinema, The Errol Flynn.

Further afield, Dr Gerri Kimber has been at the University of Austin, Texas researching the early life of Modernist writer Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923). This is for a new book that Gerri has been commissioned to write on the subject by Edinburgh University Press.

Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield (1918)
Wikimedia Commons

The archive at the Harry Ransom Library at the University of Texas holds some rare material on Mansfield not used by previous biographers.  This material includes interviews conducted with family and friends of Mansfield in the 1920s by a young American researcher.

Finally, back in Northampton, Dr Nathan Wiseman-Trowse has just announced the opening of an exhibition which he has worked on with the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.  ‘Mod’ (13 July-29 September) examines an exciting twentieth century British music sub-culture through a display of its fanzines, clothes, scooters and music.

It also features interviews with Northampton Mods which have been filmed by University of Northampton BA Popular Music/Journalism student, Jimmy Bowman.


Wikimedia Commons

About Dr Larissa Allwork

Dr Larissa Allwork worked at the University of Northampton School of the Arts (May 2012 - August 2015). She also participated in Professor Janet Wilson's EU-Marie Curie funded Constructions of Home and Belonging ITN. She continues to be affiliated to Dr Sonya Andermahr's Working Group for Interdisciplinary Research in Trauma, Narrative and Performance.

Posted on July 30, 2013, in Events, School of the Arts and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: