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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.

“Love and the Platonic Transcendent in the Fiction of Iris Murdoch,' by Dr Miles Leeson (University of Portsmouth)

8th December 2010, 16:30 to 18:00, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Dr. Miles Leeson (University of Portsmouth)

A seminar in the staff and postgraduate research seminar series.

Miles Leeson is currently a part-time lecturer in English Literature. His research interests are contemporary British, Irish and American fiction – specifically the work of Iris Murdoch, Ian McEwan and Martin Amis – as well as French fiction since Voltaire. I also write on a variety of philosophers including Heidegger, Wittgenstein and Plato. The philosophical novel is central to this research.

His first monograph Iris Murdoch: Philosophical Novelist is published in late 2009 and he is currently working on my second, The Philosophical Novel: A History as well as journal articles on post 9/11 fiction and postcolonial fiction and French postmodern thought.


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