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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.

Suspicious Cases: Spies, Smugglers and the First World War

25th August 2010, 17:30 to 19:00, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Emily Ridge and Ann-Marie Einhaus

This lecture will trace the pre-war development of the spy tale, its spectacular bloom during World War I and the literary legacy of suspicion thereafter. Reflecting both early concerns about national security and home-front anxieties during the war itself, spy stories brought the action home to civilian readers while also endorsing a culture of general suspicion which only intensified in the interwar years, when tight border controls served to make both the Passport Officer and the Customs Official prominent figures in an unsettled European literary consciousness.

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


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.

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