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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.

Reports of its Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: Will Digital Media Finally Kill the Novel?

18th August 2010, 17:30 to 19:00, Alington House, Jenny Hodgson

In a digital age, with ever proliferating forms of cultural media, the imminent demise of the novel has been widely predicted. Despite these grim prospects, this liberal, humane tradition is being called upon to explore our most pressing contemporary ethical and political dilemmas, and to offer us consolation in our 21st century existential angst, as never before. This lecture will gauge digital media's threat to the novel, examine the forms and functions of fiction in contemporary culture, and attempt to demonstrate the continuing vitality of this apparently doomed mode.

The Durham Late Summer Lecture Series is designed to showcase postgraduate research in the Department of English Studies to a general audience from both within and outside of the university, and to offer PhD students and post-docs in the Department of English Studies an opportunity for lecturing and aims to provide valuable experience for later job applications.

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


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