Xiaolu Guo “Writing China Across the Globe”

Xiaolu Guo X_PEN_1030475_600.jpgis a Chinese-British novelist, filmmaker, playwright, and essayist. Following her studies at the Beijing Film Academy, she worked as a screenwriter and novelist in China. She moved to London in 2002 to attend the National Film School and has since been working in the UK as a fiction writer and filmmaker. Her first English-language novel, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (Chatto & Windus, 2007), was nominated for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction and established Guo as one of the most innovative and cosmopolitan writers of her generation. Other literary work includes 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth (Chatto & Windus, 2008), Lovers in the Age of Indifference (Vintage, 2010), and to much critical acclaim, I am China (Chatto & Windus, 2014). Guo has also written and directed ten films, including the fiction feature She, a Chinese (2009), which won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival, and the documentary Late At Night: Voices of Ordinary Madness (2013). She has been the recipient of numerous appointments, including a fellowship at the DAAD Artists in Residence in Berlin in 2012, Writer in Residence at the Literaturhaus Zurich in 2015, and an honorary Associate Professorship at the University of Nottingham.

*We are pleased to announce that Abaton-Kino will present Guo’s film UFO in Her Eyes (2011) on Thursday, September 22, 2016  at 8:30 pm. Ms Guo, the director, will be present and she will take questions from the audience. Tickets for the film will be available at from August 31, 2016.


Dan McIntyre “Language in Light: Stylistics on Screen”

Dan McIntyre is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Huddersfield and is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His main research interests are in the stylistics of drama and film, corpus linguistics and the history of the English language, and he has worked extensively on discourse presentation techniques and modality in Early Modern English journalism. McIntyre’s current project focuses on investigating how deaf and hard-of-hearing subtitles affect characterisation in TV drama. He is the author of numerous publications, including Point of View in Plays (John Benjamins, 2006), History of English: A Resource Book for Students (Routledge, 2008), Language and Style (Palgrave, 2010), Stylistics (co-edited with L. Jeffries, Cambridge, 2010) and Teaching Stylistics (co-edited with L. Jeffries, Palgrave, 2011). He is a member of the international Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA), editor of the series Advances in Stylistics for Bloomsbury, and co-editor of Perspectives on the English Language for Palgrave. He is also a co-editor and co-founder of Babel: The Language Magazine, an academic magazine aimed at non-specialist readers interested in linguistics and language.


Richard Utz “The Return to Medievalism and the Future of Medieval Studies”

Richard Utz is chair and professor in the School ofRichard4_edit Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is a scholar of medievalism studies, and currently serves as President of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism and editor of its review journal, Medievally Speaking, and Proceedings, The Year’s Work in Medievalism. He is the author and (co)editor of 17 book-length publications, including his two classic studies, Literarischer Nominalismus im Spätmittelalter (Frankfurt, 1990) and Chaucer and the Discourse of German Philology (Turnhout, 2002). He has additionally penned a great number of essays and book chapters on medieval and medievalist literature, including a chapter in his Medievalism: Key Critical Terms, (co-edited with E. Emery, Cambridge, 2014) and the forthcoming “Academic Medievalism and Nationalism” in The Cambridge Companion to Medievalism (ed. L. D’Arcens, Cambridge, 2016). Current research and teaching interests include the reception of medieval culture in postmedieval times, late medieval culture and the comparative history of humanistic inquiry, and he is now working on a book project provocatively entitled Medievalism: A Manifesto. 


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