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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.

Late Summer Lectures 2020

Physical Sensation

7th October 2020, 17:30 to 19:00, Online (Zoom), Josh Allsop (Durham University) and Katharine Cheston (Durham University)

How in touch are we with our bodies? In our final talks of the Late Summer Lectures series, our speakers discuss the puzzles of physical sensation in autobiography and difficult poetry.

Poetic Difficulty as Embodied Process: Geoffrey Hill and J.H. Prynne

Josh Allsop (Durham University)

This paper explores the use of the spatial metaphor of ‘returning’ in the poetries of Geoffrey Hill and J.H. Prynne, and how that metaphor can be useful in articulating how both poets engage with the concept of poetic difficulty as an embodied physical process.

The Mind, the Body, and the Shadowlands In-between: Contemporary Life Writing and the Case of ‘Medically Unexplained Symptoms’

Katharine Cheston (Durham University)

The term Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) groups together symptoms as disparate as pain, seizures, and fatigue by their present lack of diagnosable pathology. This paper looks to contemporary life writing to magnify these patient voices, which are too often left out of present-day discussions of MUS.

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