One week into the Christmas vacation, and already missing Oxford? We take a look back at an event from the start of term with a podcast of The Oxford Culture Review's Autumn Launch Event, 'Critical Writing'!
This event featured an informal discussion on the question, ‘What makes good academic criticism?’, with a focus on how to apply academic expertise – and good, clear writing – to works of art, literature, music, theatre, and scholarship. Dr. Eleni Philippou, as both Editor of the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (OCCT) Network's publication - the OCCT Review - and a practicing poet and translator, brought her invaluable experience to the discussion. In addition, theatre director James Watt and poet Theophilus Kwek (also the Oxford Writers' House Publications Director) spoke about how best to frame a truly constructive review, while The Oxford Culture Review's Chief Editor, Leah Broad, and Literature Editor, Kanta Dihal (who moderated the discussion), provided an editorial perspective.
Dr Eleni Philippou completed her DPhil in English Literature at New College, Oxford, exploring the implications of Adorno’s critical theory for literary studies. In addition to serving as Co-ordinator of the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (OCCT) Network, she teaches a wide spectrum of theoretical and literary topics at Oxford, and is editor of the OCCT Review.
James Watt finished his degree in English at St Peter’s College this June and is now a theatre director based in Cardiff. He trained as an actor and director under playwright Owen Thomas (Grav, Richard Parker, Robert Golding) and his directing credits include Cold/Warm (Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe), Ghosts (Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford Playhouse), Hamlet (O’Reilly Theatre), Richard Parker (C nova, Edinburgh Fringe; BT Studio, Oxford Playhouse) and A Doll’s House (O’Reilly Theatre). James is Artistic Director of Poor Player Theatre.
Leah Broad is the founder and editor of The Oxford Culture Review. She is one of the BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers 2016, and in 2015 won the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism. She is currently studying for a DPhil at the University of Oxford, specialising in Scandinavian theatre. Photo: Steve Haywood/AHRC.
Theophilus is the author of three collections, They Speak Only Our Mother Tongue (2011), Circle Line (2013) - shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2014 - and Giving Ground (2016). He won the Jane Martin Prize in 2015 and the New Poets Prize in 2016, and was president of the Oxford University Poetry Society. He also works with Asymptote and The Oxford Culture Review.