Reframing employability: exploring career-related values in psychology undergraduates - Bromnick, Rachel; Horowitz, Ava
Despite the current economic climate, improving the first graduate destination of students is a key strategic priority for UK Higher Education institutions (HEIs). Supporting students in the development of their transferable skills has become the mainstay of employability initiatives. In this empirical study, the skills approach was broadened to critically analyse students’ work-related values. Seventy-one psychology students (60 female, 11 male: modal age 20 years) selected their personal values from a large array, based on the learning resources provided by Lantz (2011). They also provided a brief written narrative explaining what each of their endorsed values meant to them. The...
Producing employable graduates in sport: maximising the benefits of volunteering - Bishop, Daniel; Swann, Christian; Willmott, Sandy; Lewis, Emma; Richardson, Bethany; Roy, Lucy; Osbourn, Stephanie
Concern has been expressed about the low proportion of sports graduates finding careers within the field (Minten, 2010). Recently-commissioned QAA research highlighted the importance of extracurricular activities in enhancing employability skills and recommended that institutions offer more course-specific information and opportunities (Kandiko & Mawer, 2013). However, Thompson et al. (2013) highlighted that extracurricular activities can negatively impact on academic performance and suggested that there is a need for students to be strategic in the activities undertaken. A new student-led initiative within the School of Sport & Exercise Science at the University of Lincoln called IMPress (impress.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/about) has been developed to...
The Routledge encyclopedia of films - Barrow, Sarah; Haenni, Sabine; White, John
The Routledge Encyclopedia of Films comprises 200 essays by leading film scholars analysing the most important, influential, innovative and interesting films of all time. Arranged alphabetically, each entry explores why each film is significant for those who study film and explores the social, historical and political contexts in which the film was produced. Ranging from Hollywood classics to international bestsellers to lesser-known representations of national cinema, this collection is deliberately broad in scope crossing decades, boundaries and genres. The encyclopedia thus provides an introduction to the historical range and scope of cinema produced throughout the world.
Whale Rider - Thayne, Martyn
A critical reading of 'Whale Rider' (Niko Caro, 2002). Part of The Routledge Encyclopedia of Films, which comprises 200 essays by leading film scholars analysing the most important, influential, innovative and interesting films of all time. Arranged alphabetically, each entry explores why each film is significant for those who study film and explores the social, historical and political contexts in which the film was produced. Ranging from Hollywood classics to international bestsellers to lesser-known representations of national cinema, this collection is deliberately broad in scope crossing decades, boundaries and genres. The encyclopedia thus provides an introduction to the historical range...
Amores Perros - Thayne, Martyn
A critical reading of 'Amores Perros' (González Iñárritu, 2000). Part of The Routledge Encyclopedia of Films, which comprises 200 essays by leading film scholars analysing the most important, influential, innovative and interesting films of all time. Arranged alphabetically, each entry explores why each film is significant for those who study film and explores the social, historical and political contexts in which the film was produced. Ranging from Hollywood classics to international bestsellers to lesser-known representations of national cinema, this collection is deliberately broad in scope crossing decades, boundaries and genres. The encyclopedia thus provides an introduction to the historical range...
Beating, retreating: violence and withdrawal in Iain Banks and John Burnside - Brewster, Scott
This chapter traces the preoccupation with masculine violence, the ambivalent relation to the father, and the fascination with alternative modes of being in the fiction of Iain Banks and John Burnside. While both writers depict various forms of retreat and withdrawal from the external world, they also highlight the limits and consequences of such ethical disengagement.
Access denied: memory and resistance in the contemporary ghost film - Brewster, Scott
This essay examines the hauntings and uncanny aftermaths in Alejandro Amenábar’s The Others (2001) and Robert Zemeckis’s What Lies Beneath (2000), in order to explore how notions of repression and repetition have been shaped by debates over recovered memory over the last two decades. The returning dead, and the secrets they bear, are at once invited and denied in each cinematic narrative. The films draw on a classic Gothic repertoire – isolated houses, enclosed or suffocating spaces, obscure depths, spectral visitations, various forms of crypt, the disturbance of the domestic sphere – and the countervailing demands to resist and access...
Abject state: ritual, waste and the exile of the body in Northern Irish Poetry - Brewster, Scott
Julia Kristeva emphasizes that it is ‘not lack of cleanliness or health that causes abjection but what disturbs identity, system, order’ (Kristeva 1982: 4). It might be argued that Northern Ireland has been in abject condition since its inception - a state or body politic of permeable boundaries, marked by the yearning for, and violent rejection of, origin associated with abjection. This essay will trace the relationship between abjection and the sublime in Northern Irish poetry, by examining the work of Derek Mahon, Tom Paulin, Seamus Heaney, Ciaran Carson, Michael Longley and Paul Muldoon. The discussion will have two main,...
Building, dwelling, moving: Seamus Heaney, Tom Paulin and the reverse aesthetic - Brewster, Scott
This essay explores figurations of the house, the shelter and the resting-place in the work of the Northern Irish poets Seamus Heaney and Tom Paulin. It puts Heaney and Paulin in dialogue with Bachelard and Heidegger in order to examine the relationships between refuge and incursion, homeliness and estrangement that have been
negotiated to an acute degree in the North over the last thirty-five years. The chapter first traces how Seamus Heaney develops a sense of dwelling that is future-oriented rather than regressive, and in which the poetic self experiences the intimacy of homelessness. No matter how far Heaney’s poetry has...
Hern: the catastrophe of lyric in John Burnside - Brewster, Scott
The fleeting glimpse of ‘the beauty of the impossible’ in John Burnside’s poetry is often shadowed by a sense of threat and vulnerability that underlies this lyric moment. Burnside remarks that ‘the lyrical impulse begins at the point of self-forgetting’, and his poetry and prose have shown a deepening fascination with the ethics of retreat and (self)obliteration. The interplay of risk and responsibility, withdrawal and obligation in Burnside’s work from the late 1980s will be traced in relation to Jacques Derrida’s notion of the poematic, articulated in the essay ‘Che cos’è la poesia?’ (‘What is poetry?’). Derrida likens the poem...
Participation without belonging: apostrophe and aberration in Seamus Heaney’s North - Brewster, Scott
It is a testament to Seamus Heaney’s immense popularity that readers keep coming back for more. Just as Heaney’s poetry draws on endlessly generative energy sources (memory, place), so his critics tend to find his work a renewable source of fascination – a mutual confirmation that has sustained his international reputation, and has ensured his canonisation by the academy. To come back to Heaney ‘once again’ suggests a desire to find more of the same, to reproduce the terms of his poetics, and yet the notion of returning ‘another time’ also implies the possibility of a new or unanticipated encounter....
Lyric - Brewster, Scott
The term ‘lyric’ has evolved, been revised, redefined and contested over the centuries. This book traces the history of the term from its classical origins through the early modern, Romantic and Victorian periods and up to the twenty-first century, and demonstrates the influence of lyric on poetic practice, literature, music and other popular cultural forms. It uses three aspects – the lyric ‘self’, love and desire and the relationship between lyric, poetry and performance – as focal points for further discussion. Brewster not only charts the history of lyric theory and practice but re-examines
assumptions about the lyric form in the...
Seeing things: gothic and the madness of reading - Brewster, Scott
The Gothic is the site par excellence in which to observe - and perhaps even diagnose - irrationality and pathological disturbance, but the experience of reading Gothic literature insistently suggests that there is no secure position for the interpreter to occupy that remains safely outside the textual madness that is witnessed. This essay explores the compelling demands that literary madness places upon protagonists, narrators, and readers, and examines Gothic texts - Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher', Bram Stoker's Dracula, and M. R. James's 'A Warning to the Curious' - that elicit in varying degrees the madness of...
Irish literature since 1990: diverse voices - Brewster, Scott; Parker, Michael
Irish Literature since 1990 examines the diversity and energy of writing in a period marked by the unparalleled global prominence of Irish culture. The book is distinctive in bringing together scholars from across Europe and the United States, and it offers a rich variety of critical perspectives. This collection provides a wide-ranging survey of fiction, poetry and drama over the last two decades, considering both well-established figures and also emerging writers who
have received relatively little critical attention before. It also considers creative work in cinema, visual culture and the performing arts. Contributors explore the central developments within Irish culture and...
I am come home: Ira Sach’s 'Last Address' - Hunt, R. Justin
This paper addresses the notion of home as it may relate to queerness through the home of performer John Sex as it features in Ira Sach's short film 'Last Address.'
Trashy records: what remains? - Hunt, R. Justin
This article explores the archive of John Sex, considering the use-value of performance remains and how it may constitute (or not) the work/life of an artist.
The other side: proximity, partition and poetry in the Northern Irish peace process - Brewster, Scott
This essay takes as its starting point the performativity of two photocalls that chart different stages of the Northern peace process. As the Northern Ireland executive assembled for its first official session in Stormont in Room December 1999, Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness accidentally occupied the seat reserved for the Ulster Unionist Michael McGimpsey, having failed to read, or having mistaken, the place-cards set out for each minister. An ephemeral moment of humour for the photo-call, perhaps: but this instance of mistaken identity also emblematised the displacement of positions required to build a politics open to risk and possibility, to make...