Professor Glyn Turton, ‘“Yorkssshhhire”: Some Reflections on Common Speech and Literary Language in the Verse of One County’

29 April 2010

About the speaker:

Glyn Turton is Professor Emeritus of the University of Chester, from which he retired as Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 2005. His principal areas of academic interest are comparative literature and English poetry. He is the author of Turgenev and the Context of English Literature (1992) and was a contributor to the Open University’s course reader The Realist Novel (1995). He collaborated with Dr Sara Haslam on the production of a CD-Rom-based study of the poetry of Thomas Hardy and contributed a chapter on how to study poetry to the University of Chester English Department’s book Studying Literature: A Practical Introduction (1995). He has also written on the comic novelists Howard Jacobson and Peter Tinniswood. Since retiring he has given talks on: the imaginative interpretation of the works of Turgenev and Chekov by the Irish playwright Brain Friel; the Sussex writers’ circle around James, Conrad and Ford Madox Ford (for the BBC World Service Russian Section); and Samuel Johnson and New Labour (for the ‘Distinguished Visiting Speaker Lecture on the Enlightenment’ at Essex University). His current interest is in poetry written in and about Yorkshire.

He is a Sheffield Wednesday season-ticket holder and consequently an authority on both tragedy and farce.