Dr Helen Lynch

Dr Helen Lynch

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Dr Helen Lynch
Dr Helen Lynch

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The University of Aberdeen School of Language and Literature,
King's College,
University of Aberdeen,
Aberdeen AB24 3UB

Biography

Helen Lynch taught at the University of York, the University of Lodz, Poland, Nauczycielskie Kolegium Jezykow Obcych, Torun, Poland, and the University of Aberdeen before taking up her current post in 2012.


Memberships and Affiliations

Internal

WORD Centre Co-Director

WORD Programme Co-ordinator May Festival

WORD Centre Impact Case Study Lead

Erasmus Co-ordinator (outgoing) and Go-Abroad Tutor 

Early Modern Subject Group Chair

Course Co-ordinator ME33CW: Creative Writing for Medics, The Short Story as a Literary Form (Senior Honours) and Duaghters of Circe: Acrasia, Cleopatra, Eve (Senior Honours).

External

University Trustee, Aberdeen International Youth Festival Trust 2014-2018

Research

Research Overview

Helen Lynch published The Elephant and the Polish Question, a collection of interlinked short stories set in Poland during the collapse of Communism, in 2009. Her second collection, Tea for the Rent Boy, completed with the help of a Creative Scotland Writer's Bursary, was published in 2018.

Her monograph, Milton and the Politics of Public Speech (Ashgate, Jan 2015), focuses on Samson Agonistes, Paradise Regained and the political prose of Milton and his contemporaries, using Hannah Arendt’s account of the Greek polis to illuminate seventeenth-century oratorical discourse.

As well as the literature and politics of the early modern period (especially Milton, Spenser, Shakespeare and the connections between them), Helen is interested in polemic, rhetoric, genre and gender in the seventeenth century, and in renaissance classical reception. Teaching/research interests outwith this period include medieval literature (especially Chaucer), the genre of romance from the twelfth century to the present, and the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first-century short story. In Creative Writing: short fiction, nature writing, life writing, travel writing, and fictional autobiography. 

Current Research

Currently completing a book chapter, ‘Citizenship and Suicide: Shakespeare’s Roman Plays, republicanism and identity in Samson Agonistes’, in Classical Conversations, ed. Syrithe Pugh, (AUP, 2019)

Working on a series of three articles on Milton, Shakespeare and classical reception to be completed during research leave HS2 beginning January 2019.

Having completed her second short story collection, Helen is beginning work on two novel-length projects, one of them historical.

Collaborations

The Aberdeen Collection: 250 Contemporary Scottish Songs in Traditional Style, eds. Helen Lynch and Carley Williams (AUP, 2017)

Helen is collaborating with Alan Spence in editing and translating a parallel text volume of Contemporary Polish Poetry.

Also with Alan Spence: co-editing a volume of prose fiction featuring or originating in Aberdeen, as a follow-up to the successful poetry collection Silver: An Aberdeen Anthology ed. Hazel Hutchison and Alan Spence (Birlinn, 2009)

Research Funding and Grants

In 2011, Helen Lynch was awarded a Writer's Bursary from Creative Scotland to enable her to work on her second collection of short stories, Tea for the Rent Boy.

In 2012, she was awarded a Carnegie Trust Research Grant to work in Poland on editing and translating for Contemporary Polish Poetry (see Collaborations).

Helen has contributed to two AHRC grant-funded projects: 

Integrating and Engaging with the J. M. Carpenter Folk Music Collection as part ofthe Vaughan Williams Memorial Library’s Digital Archive (2016)

Enacting  the Past: from the Bennachie Colony to the Tatras (2017)

 

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

EL1008: Reading Writing

LW004: Literature in the Classical World

EL2011: Encounters with Shakespeare

EL30DP: Knights, Virgins and Viragos: Chaucer and Medieval Writing

EL3008: Writing Revolt: Literature & Politics in the Seventeenth-Century

EL35YB: Creativity and Craft

EL40XR: Transformations of Romance

EL40DR: The Short Story as a Literary Form

EL48DS: Brief Encounters - Writing in Short Forms

EL40DT: Daughters of Circe - Acrasia, Cleopatra, Eve 

EL5567: Creative Writing Prose Fiction

MLITT Dissertation supervision

ME33CW: Creative Writing for Medics

PhD supervision: Elphinstone Scholarship

Publications

Publications 

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  • Tea for the Rent Boy, and other stories

    Lynch, H.

    Wild Harbour Books, Glasgow

    Books and Reports: Books

  • The Aberdeen Collection: 250 Contemporary Scottish Tunes in Traditional Style

    Lynch, H. (ed.), Williams, C. (ed.)

    Aberdeen University Press. 169 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Falling Masonry and the Redemption of Public Speech: reading Milton through Hannah Arendt

    Lynch, H.

    Fall Narratives: an interdisciplinary approach. Hadromi-Allouche, Z., Larkin, A. (eds.). Routledge, pp. 107-124, 18 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • 'Enchanting Tongues Persuasive': Rhetoric and Gender

    Lynch, H.

    Milton and the Politics of Public Speech. Lynch, H. (ed.). Ashgate Publishing Limited, pp. 115-157, 43 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • 'Two Twins Cleaving Together': Rhetoric and 'Knowing Good by Evil'

    Lynch, H.

    Milton and the Politics of Public Speech. Ashgate Publishing Limited, pp. 87-113, 27 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Milton and the Idea of Public Speech

    Lynch, H.

    Milton and the Politics of Public Speech. Ashgate Publishing Limited, pp. 39-85, 47 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Milton and the Politics of Public Speech

    Lynch, H.

    Vol. 1, Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, UK, and Burlington VT, USA. 302 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Milton and the Politics of Public Speech Introduction

    Lynch, H.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Forewords and Postscripts

  • Milton and the Politics of Public Speech Preface

    Lynch, H.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Forewords and Postscripts

  • Samson Agonistes and the Temptations of Romance

    Lynch, H.

    Milton and the Politics of Public Speech. Lynch, H. (ed.). Ashgate Publishing Limited, pp. 199-243, 45 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

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