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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.

Inventions of the Text Seminar Series: Mournful Ditties and Merry Measures: Feeling and Form in the Romantic Short Lyric and Song, by Professor Michael O'Neill (Durham University)

15th December 2008, 18:15 to 19:15, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House

"Inventions of the Text" is a new fortnightly staff-postgraduate forum in which postgraduate students and academics can present papers for discussion in a lively and stimulating session. The organisers welcome abstracts pertaining to the year's chosen topics from all postgraduates and academics (Romanticism, or Transatlanticism, or Theory) and hope to attract students and academics at all stages of their research and careers.

Either staff or students may submit material of around 20 minutes in length, which will then generate 20 minutes worth of questions, leading on to a general discussion about key issues raised by the paper. The session would last around one hour in length allowing for an atmosphere of informal intellectual debate. There will be one external speaker per term selected by the organisers. The Department has made available a budget covering these external speakers’ travel, fee, and accommodation. The forum encourages a wide range of critical approaches and period-coverage, but speakers are invited to centre their arguments in detailed analysis of texts.

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