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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Rushing Water, Broken Air, Raging Wildfire: Chaucer's Transformation of Classical Theories of Language in The House of Fame

25th January 2018, 18:00 to 19:00, Elvet Riverside 142, Professor Kathy Cawsey

Join visiting scholar, Professor Kathy Cawsey (Dalhousie University), for the latest seminar in the series Mothertongues? – Gender, Ideology and the Vernacular Languages in Medieval Culture.

Professor Kathy Cawsey is interested in the ways vernacular English writers in the Later Middle Ages thought language worked. We have a lot of philosophy of language in Latin, but we have very little in English. She is working on a book tentatively titled Greynes of Salt: The Image of Language in Medieval English Literature.

Her broader research includes most Later Middle English writing, such as Chaucer, Malory, Margery Kempe, the cycle dramas, and medieval romances; as well as modern medievalist fantasy such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Guy Gavriel Kay.

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Research in English At Durham (READ) blog showcasing the the literary research emerging from the Department of English Studies


We host a large number of conferences, lectures and seminars each year, many of them open to the public. Find out more on our Events page.


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Next Event

  • 29th January 2021
  • Title TBC
  • Online (Zoom)
  • Dr Hannah-Rose Murray (University of Edinburgh)