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Department of English Studies

 Department of English Studies


We are a leading centre for undergraduate teaching, and host a thriving community of postgraduate scholars, literary critics, and interdisciplinary researchers. Our recent successes include:

Our teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels spans the whole of the discipline of English Studies, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. Students gain a solid base for the study of English Literature, while having the opportunity to specialise. We draw on a variety of different methodological perspectives, encouraging students to discover new approaches and to develop their own responses. This equips our graduates with the key skills and independent thinking that makes them highly sought by employers.

Students are taught in lectures and seminars, as well as small tutorial groups and one-to-one supervisions. Our formal teaching is complemented by exciting programmes of public lectures, research seminars, and readings by renowned writers.

The Department's ethos is that teaching and research should complement one another at all levels of academic enquiry, from first-year tutorials to the specialised supervision available to MA and doctoral postgraduates. Our work combines a strong sense of tradition with a commitment to innovation and new approaches.

Our research has regional, national and international impacts. We work with partner institutions such as the Durham Book Festival, with medical practitioners through the Centre for Medical Humanities, and with many other public and private organisations. The department is committed to engaging public audiences through its programme of events.

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English Events in May 2015

Our English Events newsletter for May 2015 is now available. The newsletter lists a wide variety of literature-related events taking place at Durham University and across the wider North East region. The newsletter […]

(30 Apr 2015) » English Events in May 2015

A Decadent Conversation

When we say that someone is living decadently, we may be implicitly condemning them for their life of luxury without purpose. However, in the world of literature, decadent writers such as Oscar Wilde […]

(28 Apr 2015) » A Decadent Conversation

Call for Proposals: Late Summer Lectures 2015 (CFP deadline 18th May)

Our popular annual series of Late Summer Lectures returns in 2015. Researchers from Durham University, the University of York, or Newcastle University are invited to submit proposals for public lectures […]

(24 Apr 2015) » Call for Proposals: Late Summer Lectures 2015 (CFP deadline 18th May)

Contact Details

Department of English Studies
Durham University
Hallgarth House
77 Hallgarth Street

Tel: 0191 334 2500/2571
Fax: 0191 334 2501

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