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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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North East English Literature Events in March 2017

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Celebrate Northern Poetry on Basil Bunting’s Birthday (Poetry readings, 1st March)

Celebrate the birthday of the great Northumbrian Modernist poet, Basil Bunting, on Wednesday 1st March. Join the Centre for Poetry and Poetics at an afternoon of talks and readings with the […]

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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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