We are delighted to present the fifth issue of the WRoCAH Student Journal, and showcase the fantastic work being undertaken across the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, and York. As editors, this has been a wonderful experience in encountering and engaging with the breadth of research being undertaken by our colleagues in the arts and humanities. It has not been without challenges: this is the first issue of the Journal not to have any of its founding members on the Editorial Team. That, combined with the fact that there have only two of us editing this time, has meant that the work done by our reviewers and proofreaders has been more valuable than ever. It is to them that our first thanks go: to each of you who has taken the time to read through and provide feedback on the articles in this issue—ranging from those keen from the very start to those who appeared the last minute to save us from a whole lot of trouble!—we couldn’t have done it without your hard work. And to the authors who have provided us with such incisive, demanding scholarship: without your work this journal would be nothing—thank you so much for your brilliant contributions to this issue. We are lucky to be part of a community committed to such diverse research topics and practices.
While there is no set theme for this issue, the selected papers in this collection do share broad concerns; there is a thread to be traced here surrounding questions of perception and experience. This is perhaps most explicit in Naomi Benecasa’s paper, “The Effect of Titles on the Music Listening Experience”: here Benecasa speaks through her own primary data gathering to interrogate the role of titles and program notes in how individuals respond to a given piece. Following this thread of perception, Joseph Genchi’s work on Indigenous “authenticity” in Thomas King’s 1999 novel Truth and Bright Water speaks to nuanced political discourses surrounding recognition and expectations of cultural identity in North America. Matthew Oxley performs an astute reading of the relations between sexuality and urban space in Josep Maria de Sagarra’s Vida privada through a specifically Catalan understanding of urbanisation. Rounding off this issue is Kyra Piperides Jaques’s wonderful commentary on the “Philip Larkin: Personality, Poetry, Prose” conference, run under the WRoCAH Student-Led Forum scheme, which very much contests Larkin’s own perceived notion that no-one studies poets.
A final thanks to you, reader—we hope that you enjoy the work in this issue as much as we do. We are excited to see what the future holds for the WRoCAH Journal as we hand over to the new editors for Issue Six.
EMILY REED and CARL WHITE
The WRoCAH Journal Editorial Team