Where It’s Always School Night

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Joanna Bourke has spent three decades at Birkbeck in London as an academic and professor of history. Yet in her intensely detailed history of the college, published on its 200th birthday, she doesn’t leave out the blemishes. Birkbeck started life as the London Mechanics’ Institute (LMI) in 1823, just four years after the Peterloo massacre. […]

The Critic in the Classroom

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Unlike our colleagues in most other academic disciplines, those of us who study and teach English literature have never quite managed to agree on a single term that aligns what we do – our professional identity as teachers and researchers – with the materials we study. People who study the stars are astronomers. Economists investigate […]

The Students Who Went to Sea

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

What could possibly go wrong? More than three hundred overprivileged American students travelling the world on a hastily converted troopship, led by a recently sacked university professor determined to prove that travel could be as educational as any university course and keen to make money in the process. Underfunded, under-recruited and poorly run, the ‘Floating University’ circumnavigated the world over a seven-month

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