Andrew Lang (1844-1912): a Centenary Celebration

Friday 26 October 2012

On Thursday, 1 November 2012, a day conference dedicated to Andrew Lang will be held in Upper College Hall, St Salvator’s Quad, University of St Andrews. Lang was a student at St Andrews, and resident of St Leonard’s Hall from 1861-1863 and he returned to his favourite town often throughout his life. He was awarded an honourary LL.D. by the University in 1885 and in 1888 he gave the first Gifford Lecture at St Andrews. Although he died in 1912 in Banchory, he was buried in the cathedral grounds at St Andrews.

A portrait of author Andrew Lang, c. 1900 (from the St Andrews Photographic Collection, GPS-LangA-7).

Scholars from St Andrews and the world will gather to explore his contribution and his legacy as an original writer and as a leading light in the study of folklore and fairy-stories. The schedule for the day lecture is as follows:

  • 10-10.30  Coffee and registration
  • 10.30       Introduction
  • 10.35       Maia Sheridan: the Lang archives, University of St Andrews Library
  • 11.00       Daryl Green: the Lang book collection, University of St Andrews Library
  • 11.30       John Pazdziora: ‘Andrew Lang’s St Andrews
  • 12.00       Sara Lodge: ‘Lang’s parody of H. Rider Haggard: “He”’
  • 12.30       Andrea Day: ‘The Fairy Books have been almost wholly the work of Mrs Lang’: Leonora Blanche Lang, Translation, and the Late-Victorian Fairy-Tale Collection
  • 1.00         sandwich lunch
  • 2.00         John Strehlow: ‘Andrew Lang and Australian aborigines’
  • 2.30         Julia Reid: ‘Lang and matriarchy’
  • 3.00         Marysa Demoor: ‘Lang’s letters, fictional and real’
  • 3.30         Tea and coffee
  • 4.00         Elizabeth Harries: ‘Andrew Lang and ferment in the Folk-lore Society’
  • 4.30         close

Following the day lecture, the Andrew Lang Lecture will be delivered by Jane Yolen, distinguished American author, entitled “‘Folklore v Fakelore, an Imagined Conversation with Andrew Lang” at 5.30 pm in Lower College Hall, University of St Andrews. Jane Yolen is an award-winning author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon (1987), The Devil’s Arithmetic (1988), and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (2000). She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children’s literature.

The Andrew Lang Lectureship was founded in 1926 by a bequest by Sir Peter Redford Scott Lang, Regius Professor of Mathematics, 1879-1921. The Lecturer is appointed by the University Court for one year and delivers at least one lecture on Andrew Lang and his work or on one of the subjects on which he wrote.

The cost of the day conference is £30 (£20 unwaged) and includes tea/coffee and a sandwich lunch. Places at the conference may be booked at the University’s Online Shop where further details of the programme are available. Booking is not required for the Andrew Lang lecture, delivered by Jane Yolen.


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  • Happy Halloween! Andrew Lang’s own illustrated copy of “Ballade of a choice of ghosts” « Echoes from the Vault
    Wednesday 31 October 2012, 9.00am

    [...] Featured below is the manuscript poem and artwork for Andrew Lang‘s “Ballade of a choice of ghosts” with artwork by Harry Furniss. This item is from the manuscript collection of Roger Lancelyn Green held by the University of St Andrews. The final print first appeared in the 1885-1886 issue of The Magazine of Art. This is just one of many treasures that will be discussed in Thursday’s day conference on Andrew Lang. [...]


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