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.
Between Memory and the Future: Medieval Romance
A lecture in memory of Dr Jamie McKinstry, given by Professor Helen Cooper. The lecture will followed by a drinks reception. Free and open to everyone.
Memory, as Jamie McKinstry's book highlighted, is an important element in the plots of many medieval romances. Beyond that, however, they both set out to preserve the memory of the past, in the form of remembered heroes or legendary history, and to predict the future promised to a dynasty. In that our own age also represents a future they did not foresee, they also predict many of our own literary images and structures.
Helen Cooper is an Honorary Fellow of University College, Oxford, a Life Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Professor Emeritus of Medieval and Renaissance English in the University of Cambridge. She has written extensively on Chaucer and on the overlap between the medieval and the early modern, including The English Romance in Time: Transforming Motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Death of Shakespeare.
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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.
Many of our public lectures, seminars and conferences are recorded, and can be listened to as podcasts.
- 20th January 2021
- Sensory Experiments in Nineteenth-Century Literature
- Online (Zoom)
- Dr Erica Fretwell (University of Albany) and Dr Shannon Draucker (Siena College)