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English Taster Lecture

Lecturer: Dr Peter Ely, Assistant Professor in English Literature

Date: Tuesday 7th February 2023

Time: 16:30-17:30 (GMT)

Who is this lecture open to?: Year 12 and 13 students, parents, teachers and advisers

Where: Virtual Webinar (please complete the form below to receive the joining link)

What is Black Literature?

Attending a university taster lecture is an exciting opportunity to proactively explore and deepen your subject interest, above and beyond your school curriculum, and can enhance your future university application. Through providing a real ‘taste’ of university-level study, it can also help you to confirm your subject choice.

In the 1980s many black British artists began asking the question ‘What is black art?’ This question is more vexed than it may first appear, sparking debate across many cultural sectors of Great Britain. Who was to belong to this category of ‘black’, and, for writers of this time, what would it mean to produce specifically ‘black writing’? Did it have essential characteristics or themes? Moreover, how would this category relate to British literature as a whole?

This taster lecture will offer an overview of some of the major texts which contributed to this discussion. Ultimately, we will ask the question of how we understand the boundaries of British writing today.

This taster will also include an introductory overview of studying at Northeastern University London, and there will be ample time for Q&A with Faculty and Student Ambassadors.

Here’s what previous participants have said about our English Taster Lectures:

“I loved the exploration of the topic and the diverse range of views. It’s opened my mind to new concepts and left me feeling very motivated, so thank you!”

“This event was informative, interesting, and worthwhile. I would highly recommend it to those with a passion for the subject, as well as those who are still unsure which university course would be right for them.”

“I enjoyed the interactive portions of the lecture and found the material really engaging. I also felt like I learnt something which I can apply to my A-Levels.”

“Extremely helpful in figuring out what the course will be like. Ambassadors were very helpful, and questions were answered so quickly.”

“The points made were fascinating, and I had no trouble understanding any of the content; some of the other university taster lectures I’ve attended have had a tendency to over-complicate analysis.”

“The English Taster was interactive and extremely informative. I learnt a lot about Northeastern University London and the courses they offer, so very helpful.

“The lecturer explored different points of view and introduced contextual information that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. He was clearly passionate about this subject, and all of the other staff (as well as the students) also seemed enthusiastic to help and answer questions :)”

“A wonderful and welcoming experience!”