FAH Online Degree Show 2021

Coventry University’s Faculty of Arts & Humanities produces a 3-day live degree show, showcasing each student’s creative work or final projects. The show typically generates interest from family and friends, the general public and significant industry professionals who are invited to view the range of projects produced.

Unfortunately, due to the restrictions of the global pandemic, the in-person show has been moved online for the second year running. However, whilst the show is traditionally created to showcase creative arts degree work, this year, the university and designers at Peter&Paul have opened up the website to all degree types across the faculty.

As a student on the BA English Degree, I will be featured as part of the School of Humanities and cannot wait for my final project to be publicly showcased. The website is expected to go live in June 2021 and you will be able to access it right here.

Keep and eye out for any advertisement of the website and for the link which I’ll attach here to view the site. It’ll be an incredible opportunity to collectively showcase all the wonderful work that has been produced this year and hopefully it will drum up some interest among art lovers and industry professionals.

T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’: Bildungsroman and the European Mind

Literature, if written well, has an intense power over the reader forcing them to question their own ideals as well as the ideals of the society they live in. Literature has the ability to make a reader transform and redefine what’s important whilst touching the reader’s soul, giving them a glimpse into a part of themselves they never knew existed.

I have chosen to base my dissertation on the genre of bildungsroman, a Germanic originated genre that encompasses coming-of-age literature. This literature follows the individual’s life from their formative years, through adolescence and into their adulthood. I have taken T.S. Eliot’s famous 1922 modernist poem, The Waste Land and have read it as a bildungsroman homing in on the three key stages of the culture (birth, maturity and decay) of the European mind and the collective minds of Europe.

This dissertation resonates with me on a personal level as I have a deep interest in coming-of-age literature and have used a modernist masterpiece to provide a new perspective into the literary commentary of the European culture. I was fortunate enough to receive a 1:1 for this project and I have enjoyed working on this piece this last semester.

Please find a copy of my dissertation and I hope you enjoy reading this piece as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Dissertation Presentation

Research builds the foundation of a good dissertation and with an English one, you can never have too much information. My dissertation consisted of research from journal articles, plays and poems, critical essays and writing which helped shape my topic and what I wanted to write about.

By creating a digital presentation, I was able to collate all the relevant information and research into a clear and easy to understand format which later helped made the planning and writing stages of my dissertation, much easier.

Here you can find and download a copy of my dissertation presentation which highlights the key information from my research which I later discuss in my dissertation.