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:
- Top English Department in the UK according to the Complete University Guide 2017 and Guardian University Guide 2017.
- 96% of our students are satisfied with our courses according to the National Student Survey 2015.
- One of the leading departments of English in the UK for research. 90% of our research activity was judged to be 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; we were third in the UK judged by publications, and fourth overall by grade point average.
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
Thursday 23 February 2017
- Incantatory Yeats 6:00pm to 7:00pm, Elvet Riverside 140, Professor Herbert Tucker (University of Virginia)
- Historicist Interdisciplinarity in Literature and Science 6:00pm to 7:00pm, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Dr Michael Whitworth (Merton College, Oxford)
Thursday 2 March 2017
- The art of cruising art in John Wieners' The Hotel Wentley Poems 6:00pm to 7:00pm, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Dr Barry Shiels
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
Incantatory Yeats (Public lecture, 23rd February)
Join Professor Herbert Tucker (University of Virginia) for this special public lecture on W.B. Yeats. All welcome to Elvet Riverside 140 on 23rd February, starting at 18.00. Herbert Tucker is […]
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The Coarseness of the Brontës: A Reappraisal (Call for Papers, 31st March; Conference, 10-11th August)
A two-day conference, scheduled for the 10th to 11th August 2017, aims to re-evaluate the charge of ‘coarseness’ so often directed at the Brontë family. The call for papers for this collaborative […]
Playful but Problematic: Medieval Humour and Contemporary Performance
Originally posted on Humours of the Past: Jamie Beckett, Durham University Aside from the slightly tired yet somehow satisfying adage, ‘humour studies is no laughing matter’, I had little idea…
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