University of Essex


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Education Michelene Wandor
Returning to university study in the year of her divorce, thirteen years after her BA, MW completed an MA at Essex University in the Sociology of Literature.
Michelene Wandor.
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
Employer Elaine Feinstein
EF was an Assistant Lecturer in Literature at the newly founded University of Essex , beginning with one single lecture a week; during this period she was introduced to Russian literature.
Todd, Janet, editor. Dictionary of British Women Writers. Routledge.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Feinstein, Elaine. It Goes with the Territory. Alma.
Employer Michèle Roberts
After leaving her first marriage MR got a position in summer 1987 as Theatre Writer in Residence at Essex University , on the strength of her ideas about theatre and the first play which she...
Employer Marina Warner
In 1994 MW took a position teaching creative writing in the department of literature, film and theatre studies at the University of Essex . This was a new experience for her, though she had already...
Family and Intimate relationships Caroline Blackwood
Lowell, her third husband, was called by his friends Cal, short for Caligula). In spring 1970, at a time when his bipolar disorder was making him crazy, he stayed the night at CB 's London...
Family and Intimate relationships Michèle Roberts
At Essex UniversityMR met the man who eventually became her second husband, Jim Latter , who ran the art gallery at the university where she was Theatre Writer in Residence. They were soon going...
Occupation Elaine Feinstein
The writer Donald Davie , who was appointed the first Chair of Comparative Literature at Essex , was instrumental in Feinstein's appointment to a lectureship there. Within a few years, after publishing her first slim...
Performance of text Caryl Churchill
The Joint Stock theatre company's production of Fen, a play by CC about rural workers, opened at the University of Essex .
Demastes, William W., editor. British Playwrights, 1956-1995. Greenwood Press.
Reception Julia Kristeva
According to Eric Homberger in the Times Literary Supplement, the Sociology of Literature Conference held at the University of Essex was dominated by the names of Lacan , Derrida , and Kristeva .
Homberger, Eric. “The Class of Lacan”. Times Literary Supplement, p. 854.
Residence Michèle Roberts
After landing her job at Essex University , MR moved to digs in the waterside village of Wivenhoe.
Roberts, Michèle. Paper Houses. Virago.
She is, however, still a Londoner, and also has a little shoebox-shaped house
Roberts, Michèle. Paper Houses. Virago.
Textual Production Michèle Roberts
MR became obsessed with the story of Psyche and Eros after reading The Golden Ass by Apuleius . What she wanted to write about Psyche (to whom she ascribes the agency in her desire) was...
Textual Production Marina Warner
MW has addressed the current shift in the aims and conditions of British universities, first in a Diary column for the London Review of Books in September 2014 (in which she tells the story of...


September 1964: The University of Essex opened in Colchester,...

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September 1964

The University of Essex opened in Colchester, Essex, as a utopian experiment designed to accommodate both expanding numbers and expanding knowledge, and to break down barriers between disciplines and between students and teachers.

1969: A Revolutionary Festival at the University...

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A Revolutionary Festival at the University of Essex resulted in the setting up all over Britain of Women's Liberation Groups or Workshops; London alone had five.

22 May 1970: A bomb discovered at a police station in...

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22 May 1970

A bomb discovered at a police station in Paddington (following a series of sporadic bomb incidents reaching back over a year) was the first to be (later) attributed to the Angry Brigade.


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