WRoCAH Journal – Issue 5


Editorial

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 ...

The Effect of Titles on the Music Listening Experience

“Music is an interaction between sound and listener,” avers Cook (10), yet such an interaction is rarely unmediated. Attend any classical concert and you will likely be handed a book of program notes, a purported guide to the abstract sound experience called ‘music’. Yet, research shows that the guidance which program notes provide is not always beneficial to the listener’s ...

Indigenous “Authenticity” in Thomas King’s Truth and Bright Water

When Monroe Swimmer returns to the reservation in Thomas King’s 1999 novel Truth and Bright Water, he ironically insists that his reputation as an indigenous creative is recognised. Upon meeting the text’s protagonist, Tecumseh, he stresses that “You’re supposed to say ‘famous Indian artist’ after you say ‘Monroe Swimmer’” (King 45). The anecdotes that detail Monroe’s early artistic endeavours are ...

Transgressive Sexualities and Urban Form in Josep Maria de Sagarra’s Vida privada [Private Life] (1932)

The first recorded use of the word urbanisation occurs in an 1861 text on a proposal for the reform of Madrid written by the Catalan engineer and politician Ildefons Cerdà (1815-76). The word transformed from a mere neologism to the name of a complex theory of civilisation elaborated in the two-volume, 1500-page General Theory of Urbanisation that Cerdà published in ...

“Oh, for Christ’s sake, one doesn’t study poets!”; Reflections on Philip Larkin: Personality, Poetry, Prose at the Hull History Centre, 13-14 June 2019

In 1982, Philip Larkin wrote that Hull is “as good a place to write as any” (A Rumoured City 9). On the basis of this rave review, as well as that fact that it was the city in which the poet lived and worked for the final thirty years of his life, Hull was chosen as the setting for the ...