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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Events

We host a large number of conferences, lectures and seminars each year, many of them open to the public. Subscribe to our monthly North East Literature Events newsletter and we'll keep you posted. If you are a staff member or student and want to publicise your event, contact alistair.brown@durham.ac.uk.

Wednesday 4 September 2019

'Lethe in Moyola': The Classical Underworld as a Memoryscape

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Dr Madeleine Scherer

Travel down to the Greek underworld in our third Late Summer Lecture. Madeleine Scherer will guide you through the significance of this place in classical tradition and later literary reimaginations. Free and open to all, from students and schools to members of the public.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 11 September 2019

Future Memory and Circular Time in Dickens' 'The Signal-Man'

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Claire Ashworth

Charles Dickens' short story 'The Signal-Man' is hauntingly terrifying and intellectually complex. Claire Ashworth explains how Dickens' vision of time predicts the psychology of Freud, in the fourth Late Summer Lecture. Free and open to all, from students and schools to members of the public.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Friday 13 September 2019

Humour and Satire in British Romanticism

Durham University

This conference, jointly organised by Durham University and Newcastle University, seeks to provide a framework for the relatively new, but steadily growing, interest in humour within Romantic studies.

Contact romantichumourandsatire@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Saturday 14 September 2019

Humour and Satire in British Romanticism

Durham University

This conference, jointly organised by Durham University and Newcastle University, seeks to provide a framework for the relatively new, but steadily growing, interest in humour within Romantic studies.

Contact romantichumourandsatire@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 18 September 2019

Wrong Paths: A Short History of Choose-Your-Own Adventure

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, George Cox

If you enjoyed the recent Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, you're sure to find this Late Summer Lecture of interest. George Cox takes us back through the history of adventure stories in which readers and viewers get to choose what happens next. Free and open to all, from members of the public to schools to academics.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 25 September 2019

Listening to Survive: Classical Music, Conflict, and Identity in the Contemporary Novel

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Katie Harling-Lee

Since novels are written for the eye not the ear, how can fiction be written about music? Katie Harling-Lee will think about the meaning of music in several recent novels, in this Late Summer Lecture. Free and open to all, from members of the public to schools to academics.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 2 October 2019

Middle Ground: The Geographic and Linguistic Identity of the American Midwest

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Molly Becker

The Midwest is often seen as the heartland of America - and writers played a large part in constructing this sense of its significance. Molly Becker will map the regional and geographic identities of American fiction in this Late Summer Lecture. Free and open to all, from students and schools to members of the public.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 9 October 2019

'Demons, Vikings, Pagans and Terror in the Early Middle Ages' and 'Political Violence: Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent and Kamila Shamsie's Home Fire'

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Alex Jordan and Nadia Terki

The final event in Late Summer Lectures 2019 will feature a pair of talks about terror in literature, past and present. Free and open to all, from students and schools to academics.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


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