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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

Inventions of the Text Seminar Series: 'Wordsworth, Thoreau and Ecoromanticism,' by Paige Tovey

1st December 2008, 18:15 to 19:15, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House

Paige will be discussing the transatlantic dialogue between Wordsworth and Thoreau, with particular reference to ecoromanticism, a new and interesting line of approach to Romantic poetry.

"Inventions of the Text" is a new fortnightly staff-postgraduate forum in which postgraduate students and academics can present papers for discussion in a lively and stimulating session. The organisers welcome abstracts pertaining to the year's chosen topics from all postgraduates and academics (Romanticism, or Transatlanticism, or Theory) and hope to attract students and academics at all stages of their research and careers.

Either staff or students may submit material of around 20 minutes in length, which will then generate 20 minutes worth of questions, leading on to a general discussion about key issues raised by the paper. The session would last around one hour in length allowing for an atmosphere of informal intellectual debate. There will be one external speaker per term selected by the organisers. The Department has made available a budget covering these external speakers’ travel, fee, and accommodation. The forum encourages a wide range of critical approaches and period-coverage, but speakers are invited to centre their arguments in detailed analysis of texts.

Contact m.f.callaghan@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Past Inventions of the Text Seminars