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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.

Art, Empathy and Breath

14th March 2019, 18:00 to 19:30, Palace Green Library, Dr Peter Garratt

A free public talk to accompany the Life of Breath exhibition at Palace Green Library.

Art can take the breath away. But does breathing play a role in our response to works of art -- to pictures, poems, music -- even when silent, unnoticed, unconscious? How are breath and artistic experience entangled?

Exploring art and empathy, Peter Garratt from the Department of English Studies will discuss Vernon Lee (1856-1935), an influential writer and critic who crossed the divide between Victorian and Modernist culture, and whose remarkable experimental investigations suggestively linked respiration with aesthetic form.

This relaxed evening talk will take place in the Courtyard Café and will include free refreshments. Due to limited ticket numbers, please ensure that you book in advance. If you have any queries, please visit our website or contact us at

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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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