English Literature taster session

This taster session gives you an insight into studying English at university.

Student work group

Strange Fruit

This discussion will examine the poem/ song 'Strange Fruit' (written by Abel Meerpole and first performed by Billie Holiday) as it deploys Gothic tropes to critique anti-Black racial violence in the Jim Crow US. We'll begin by listening to Nina Simone's 1965 version. Then we'll discuss the origin and history of the text, and analyze it in terms of both its poetic structure and Simone's musical stylings. In doing so, we will reveal the strange contradictions underpinning the US south and the US as a whole. We'll conclude by noting the song's relevance to contemporary US racial dynamics.

Age group: Year 12 and Year 13

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Please note, this is an approximate schedule and is subject to change.

3.45pm Log in and get comfortable

Welcome and introduction to the department - Dr Hamish Mathison

4.05pm Taster lecture - Strange Fruit, Dr Maisha Wester
4.50pm Q&A on the taster lecture
5.00pm Q&A on studying English at Sheffield with Dr Hamish Mathison and undergraduate students from the School of English

Contact us

For informal enquiries please email tasterdays@sheffield.ac.uk


Advance Register for Clearing

We have places on our undergraduate courses this autumn. If you've already got your results you can apply now, or if you're still waiting for results get your name on the list by advance registering.