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Department of English Studies

 Department of English Studies

Welcome

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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Events & Conferences

Saturday 7 March 2015

Wednesday 15 April 2015

Wednesday 29 April 2015

News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog

Music and Literature: Critical Polyphonies (Conference, 2nd July; CFP deadline 6th May)

Submissions are 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 will run on 2nd […]

(5 Mar 2015) » Music and Literature: Critical Polyphonies (Conference, 2nd July; CFP deadline 6th May)

Shooting and Shouting at the Flower of the Well

The Records of Early English Drama North-East project presents its latest Flower of the Month – an intriguing find from the archives of the region. This month’s Flower is about two incidents […]

(4 Mar 2015) » Shooting and Shouting at the Flower of the Well

A birthday tribute: William Godwin and the “leisure of a cultivated understanding”

Today, 3rd March, is the birthday of William Godwin, the foremost radical intellectual of the late 18th century. In a blog post for The Idler, the editor of the Oxford […]

(3 Mar 2015) » A birthday tribute: William Godwin and the “leisure of a cultivated understanding”


Contact Details

Department of English Studies
Durham University
Hallgarth House
77 Hallgarth Street
Durham
DH1 3AY

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

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