How Does Language Evolve?
Dr Timothy Michaels (Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford)
Lynn Shepherd (Novelist)
Andrzej Stuart-Thompson (Bachelor of Civil Law)
Paul Stephens (DPhil, English)
When: Thursday, 7th February, 5.45 – 7pm. Wine Reception from 5.15pm
Where: Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College, Turl St, Oxford
Dr Timothy Michael is a Fellow in English Literature at Lincoln, whose research explores the intersection of literary and intellectual history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His first monograph, British Romanticism and the Critique of Political Reason (JHUP 2016), offers a groundbreaking analysis of how writers from Mary Wollstonecraft to Percy Shelley critique the faculty of reason in its political capacities to test the kinds of knowledge available to it. His current project, Disciplining English: Philology, Rhetoric, and the Birth of Philosophical Criticism, 1688-1800, examines how developments in rhetorical and literary theory of the long eighteenth century gave rise to the institution of criticism as we know it.
Dr Lynn Shepherd read English at Lincoln College during the 1980s, returning for a DPhil in 2003. She has been a freelance author since 2000 and specialises in what she terms ‘literary mysteries’, offering a combination of literary fiction, mystery and crime. She has published four novels, drawing inspiration from the lives and works of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Percy and Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker. In addition to her novels, she also published an academic book on Samuel Richardson and worked in PR for Guinness, where she created the ‘Water of Life’, a worldwide humanitarian and environmental initiative that has provided clean water for millions of people in Africa.
Andrzej Stuart-Thompson is an MSt student in Portuguese, having completed his BA in Spanish and Portuguese at Lincoln in 2015. Between degrees, he spent three years promoting Brazilian culture in the UK, firstly with arts charity People’s Palace Projects and then at the Embassy of Brazil in London. His research interests include twentieth and twenty-first century Portuguese women’s poetry, and the positive valorisation of vulnerability as a form of resistance to certain patriarchal ideals. His Master’s dissertation will examine the anti-epic poetry of Ana Luísa Amaral in relation to precursors in Portuguese nationalist literature, from both the Renaissance and Modernist periods.