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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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Abnormality and the Abnormal in the Nineteenth Century: Conference

Originally posted on Abnormality Research Network:The ‘Abnormality and the Abnormal in the Nineteenth Century’ postgraduate conference opened with an engaging keynote address by Professor Martin Willis (University of Westminster)…

(24 May 2015) » Abnormality and the Abnormal in the Nineteenth Century: Conference

Music and Literature: Critical Polyphonies (Conference, 2nd July)

Registration is now open for this one-day interdisciplinary postgraduate conference, which seeks to explore the myriad ways in which literature and music interact to construct meaning. The conference takes place on […]

(21 May 2015) » Music and Literature: Critical Polyphonies (Conference, 2nd July)

New Post: Coleridge and Godwin: A Literary Friendship

Originally posted on Pamela Clemit:Pamela Clemit has published a piece on Coleridge and Godwin on the Wordsworth Trust Blog. It concentrates on their friendship from the winter of 1799 onwards,…

(19 May 2015) » New Post: Coleridge and Godwin: A Literary Friendship

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Department of English Studies
Durham University
Hallgarth House
77 Hallgarth Street

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

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