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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Inventions of the Text Seminar Series

Inventions of the Text complements our Research Seminar series. Inventions is organised by a team of postgraduate researchers, and combines papers by academics from Durham and beyond with presentations by PhD students. Seminars run roughly every couple of weeks during term time, with around eight or nine events a year. After each seminar, attendees are welcome to socialise with the speaker(s) over dinner. They are generally for University staff and students, although sometimes open to the public.

Forthcoming Inventions of the Text Seminars

Silence and Sublimity in Tennyson

22nd May 2019, 17:30 to 19:00, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Dr Michael J. Sullivan

An Inventions of the Text seminar, exploring Tennyson's early notebooks.

Dr Michael J. Sullivan, Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford, and an alumnus of Durham University, will be speaking on ‘Silence and Sublimity in Tennyson’s Early Notebooks’.

The theme for this year’s seminar series, ‘Borders’, will be addressed in its many guises: from the borders between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, between empirical and sceptical philosophy, and between draft and finished verse, to the insights that may be derived from authorial marginalia.

The seminar will be followed by drinks in The Victoria Inn and the option of dinner at Ristorante Capriccio. If you would like to join us for dinner, please contact us at

Contact for more information about this event.

Past Inventions of the Text Seminars