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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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Celebrate World Poetry Day with these essays on poetry across cultures

Happy World Poetry Day 2017! World Poetry Day is led by UNESCO, in recognition of the way in which poetry “reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, […]

(21 Mar 2017) » Celebrate World Poetry Day with these essays on poetry across cultures

‘That skull had a tongue in it’: Skulls, the Flesh, and the Individual in Early Modern Drama

In early modern drama, skulls are not only a symbol of death, but a reminder of the living person. Chloe Owen (King’s College London) gets beneath the skin of an […]

(16 Mar 2017) » ‘That skull had a tongue in it’: Skulls, the Flesh, and the Individual in Early Modern Drama

Interview with Alex Wilson

Originally posted on Medieval and Early Modern Student Association: Our final seminar will be on March 14 and will be led by Alex Wilson, speaking about ‘Othering the Other: Social…

(10 Mar 2017) » Interview with Alex Wilson

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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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