Thursday, March 31, 2016

Contemporary visual art in the North of England

In the news today the rather surprising project of a US photographer in and about the city of Hull.

See here


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

changement de salle

anglais pour master histoire aujorud'hui 10h à 1h dans la salle F506

Monday, March 28, 2016

Popular culture : what draws the biggest audiences on British television?

What do British people most like watching on television?


Agrégation: le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé

Enfin, du moins, le nouveau programme de l'agrégation pour les épreuves de 2017, avec la nouvelle question en civilisation britannique.

Il suffit d'aller voir sur le site de la Société des Anglicistes de l'Enseignement Supérieur

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Popular culture and visual art in Britain since 1945

Here are the three classes I gave on popular Culture and visual art in Britain since 1945.

They are in Mp3 format, for you to listen to on the bus!

Part One : Key words and concepts: Contemporary Art, the Tate galleries, the Fourth Plinth, the Turner Prize, modern British sculptors and painters
Part Two : The same continued: Painting, photography
Part three: Political murals, street art etc

Keywords: podcast, British Art, university lecture, 20th century, United Kingdom

L Popular culture: background

In the first class I gave the social and political background of the UK since 1945.
You will find here the powerpoint which accompanied the class.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

L S Lowry and pop song

I mentioned in classes on visual art that as far as I know only one British artist had a pop song written about him. Here it is.

L3 Popular culture and visual art

We have been looking at visual art: painting, sculpture, murals, and so on, and wondering what is popular art and what is "high art". Here is the powerpoint we saw in class.

Friday, March 25, 2016

L3 Are TV advertisements popular culture ?

To help you think about this, here is a collection of what someone thought were the best fifty UK TV adverts, over the last 40 years.

Just click here 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

New Shakespeare website

Just click here

Conference in Leeds

Next weekend I will be in Leeds for the conference "Resistance to War 1914 to 1924", where I will be giving my paper "Resistance to war priorities in popular song, in Britain and in France".

Conference details here.

Master histoire: More on E P Thompson

Here is a review of another of his books :


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Popular culture and other questions: what did you do in the 1970s

The 1970s are a long way off for young students today. Before the internet, before rap, before mobile phones, McDonalds, and - for the first few years - before mass unemployment for a whole generation. In the UK, this was before Sushi, before international terrorism, before the end of the cold war.

This documentary, especially the visual side of it, gives a fascinating glimpse.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Myths and realities: British popular song of the First World War | friend or foe 2016

A theatre group in Britain is producing a series of plays from the period of the First World War; some of them are very critical of the war. I was asked to choose interval music and write a piece for the theatre company blog about the songs. Just click here:

Myths and realities: British popular song of the First World War | friend or foe 2016

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

LEA master Economic and social questions: revising for the exam

As well as the articles, graphs and cartoons I have given you, you will find here the powerpoint presentation on India

Powerpoint on India

and here the one we did last week on Cameron etc. 

Last powerpoint of semester

Monday, March 07, 2016

L3 British Popular Culture

Over the last thirty or forty years, a lot of work has been done about understanding how popular music works. One of the "grandfathers" of popular music studies is Philip Tagg. Here is a review I wrote of his most important book.

Agrégation anglais

Today the agrégation people are starting their week of exams.
Good luck to everyone, and make sure you have solid plans for transport on Wednesday.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Anglais pour Master histoire

You will find here, in French, my review of Richard Evans' book "In Defence of History", which I spoke of in class: