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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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Wednesday 19 August 2015

News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog

English Events in August 2015

It’s holiday season, so our English Events newsletter for August is short and sweet. We will add more over the coming month if we spot other events – and please let us […]

(1 Aug 2015) » English Events in August 2015

Fellowship from Sir Gawain to Malory and the Rise of ‘Civic’ Culture

[MP3 version] Colin Davey examines the meaning of medieval fellowship across chivalric poems, such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He chart the evolution of citizenship and identity in […]

(1 Aug 2015) » Fellowship from Sir Gawain to Malory and the Rise of ‘Civic’ Culture

Late Summer Lectures 2015 (Public Lecture Series, 19th August to 7th October)

From Vikings to T.S. Eliot to chocolate in literature, this year’s annual Late Summer Lectures Series offers an exciting range of topics, with a special emphasis on interdisciplinary studies. Now […]

(31 Jul 2015) » Late Summer Lectures 2015 (Public Lecture Series, 19th August to 7th October)

Contact Details

Department of English Studies
Durham University
Hallgarth House
77 Hallgarth Street

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

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