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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.

‘Watch Thou For the Mutant!’: Literature and Science in the Postwar Era

6th October 2010, 17:30 to 19:00, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Adam Stock

In the postwar era, science was the source of wild and imaginative terrors: Darwinism, genetics and atomic radiation combined into a heady mix in the minds of science-fiction writers. This lecture explores the monsters, mutants and aliens of postwar science-fiction from B-Movies to bestsellers, inspired by developments in science and commenting on pressing political and cultural fears. A particularly good example is John Wyndham, author of catastrophes like The Day of the Triffids (1951) and The Chrysalids (1955). Expect cloned Nazis in flying saucers, mutant telepathic children and eight foot walking plants that eat people... Look out - it's behind you!

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.


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