Publication of new volume in honour of UWTSD Academic


21.05.2018

UWTSD staff and students came together on the Lampeter campus recently to celebrate the career of Dr William Marx and the publication of a new volume in his honour entitled Editing and Interpretation of Middle English Texts: Essays in Honour of William Marx, edited by Dr Margaret Connolly and Professor Raluca Radulescu.

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Dr William Mark has been lecturing at the University since 1979 and has made a major contribution to all aspects of University life. Former Head of English and Joint General Editor of Trivium, William has published several scholarly editions of Middle English Texts and currently plays a crucial role as Joint General Editor of the prestigious Middle English Texts Series.  William is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Learned Society of Wales, as well as a member of Council on the Early English Texts Society and Member of the Early Book Society.

During this special event Professor Jane Cartwright spoke about Dr William Marx’s important contribution and influence at UWTSD.  She said:

“Given William’s significant contribution to uncovering, editing and analysing Middle English texts, it’s particularly fitting that the volume of essays, produced by Belgian publishing house Brepols, is a volume entitled Editing and Interpretation of Middle English Texts. The volume, admirably edited by Dr Margaret Connolly (University of St Andrews) and Professor Raluca Radulescu (Bangor University), contains fifteen essays on religious texts and chronicles – two of William’s main interests – and discusses a range of issues relating to the processes of editing and interpreting medieval texts.

Covering a variety of texts from Piers Plowman to Middle English prayers, prose and verse, the volume considers issues such as medieval punctuation, rubrication, dealing with variant readings, the translation, adaptation and transmission of medieval texts and foregrounds the many and varied matters of interpretation that confront the editor of Middle English texts. The volume includes a comprehensive list of all of William’s publications.

William, believe it or not, has been lecturing in Lampeter since 1979 and since then he’s made a major contribution to all aspects of life at the University and lectured on a host of different courses. William is cherished not only by his fellow colleagues at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David but also by his current students as well as generations of his former students.”

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Over the years Dr William Marx has contributed to a number of different modules and programmes and countless students at the University have benefited from his expertise. Many of the students paid tribute to William’s support and guidance on the evening.   Eleanor Watson, who is a year 3 BA student at UWTSD said:

“William is the kind of academic that everyone should aspire to be. He treats all of his students as equals yet is always willing to offer support and knowledge where needed, no task is too small, and as a student of his, I know that he truly always wants the best for his students and wishes them nothing but success!”

Rhian Rees, who is currently studying an MA in Medieval Studies, commented:

“William's teaching style is modest and self-deprecating, and he wears his learning very lightly. His enthusiasm for his subject shines through, and he is always encouraging and supportive. Somehow, in his company, tentative, half-formed ideas spring to life and flower!”

Aaron Tripp a former PhD student at UWTSD said:

"I am exceedingly grateful for the guidance I received from Dr Marx during my time at Trinity Saint David. His sagacity, as well as his steady encouragement, were essential to my success. His scholarly depth and deliberate guidance was invaluable, but he gave more than that – he gave the care and attention of a true mentor and friend"

Paul Watkins (M Phil) added:

“For many years I have looked to William not just as an inspirational teacher and supervisor, but also as a friend with a gentle nature, a big heart and an unassuming intellect to match - equal to any.”

More information about the new volume, Editing and Interpretation of Middle English Texts: Essays in Honour of William Marx, is available on Brepols Publishers’ website: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503568478-1

 

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk