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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Late Summer Lecture Series

Come on a voyage through literature this summer, from thirteenth-century Scandinavia to modern London, via the underworld and the American Midwest. Our popular series of public Late Summer Lectures is back for 2019!

Late Summer Lectures is organised by our postgraduate researchers, and brings some of the cutting-edge research from the UK's early-career scholars to share with the public. The series has been running since 2008 every August through to October. Everyone from students and schools to members of the public is warmly invited to attend and encounter new perspectives on literature. For more information, see the details for each lecture or our series FAQs.

Forthcoming Late Summer Lectures

Wednesday 4 September 2019

'Lethe in Moyola': The Classical Underworld as a Memoryscape

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Dr Madeleine Scherer

Travel down to the Greek underworld in our third Late Summer Lecture. Madeleine Scherer will guide you through the significance of this place in classical tradition and later literary reimaginations. Free and open to all, from students and schools to members of the public.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 11 September 2019

Future Memory and Circular Time in Dickens' 'The Signal-Man'

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Claire Ashworth

Charles Dickens' short story 'The Signal-Man' is hauntingly terrifying and intellectually complex. Claire Ashworth explains how Dickens' vision of time predicts the psychology of Freud, in the fourth Late Summer Lecture. Free and open to all, from students and schools to members of the public.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 18 September 2019

Wrong Paths: A Short History of Choose-Your-Own Adventure

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, George Cox

If you enjoyed the recent Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, you're sure to find this Late Summer Lecture of interest. George Cox takes us back through the history of adventure stories in which readers and viewers get to choose what happens next. Free and open to all, from members of the public to schools to academics.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 25 September 2019

Listening to Survive: Classical Music, Conflict, and Identity in the Contemporary Novel

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Katie Harling-Lee

Since novels are written for the eye not the ear, how can fiction be written about music? Katie Harling-Lee will think about the meaning of music in several recent novels, in this Late Summer Lecture. Free and open to all, from members of the public to schools to academics.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 2 October 2019

Middle Ground: The Geographic and Linguistic Identity of the American Midwest

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Molly Becker

The Midwest is often seen as the heartland of America - and writers played a large part in constructing this sense of its significance. Molly Becker will map the regional and geographic identities of American fiction in this Late Summer Lecture. Free and open to all, from students and schools to members of the public.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 9 October 2019

'Demons, Vikings, Pagans and Terror in the Early Middle Ages' and 'Political Violence: Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent and Kamila Shamsie's Home Fire'

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Alex Jordan and Nadia Terki

The final event in Late Summer Lectures 2019 will feature a pair of talks about terror in literature, past and present. Free and open to all, from students and schools to academics.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Previous Late Summer Lectures

Many of our Late Summer Lectures are recorded and podcast via READ: Research English At Durham.

DateTimeEvent
Wed, 21 August 20195:30pm to 6:30pmTime and Place: Bakhtin and Shakespeare
Wed, 14 August 20195:30pm to 6:30pmThen Egil Became Sad: Wandering Across Scandinavia in Egils Saga
Wed, 3 October 20185:30pm to 7:00pmBehind Gilded Walls: Tales of wonder, the Gothic, and Islamic Mythology in Contemporary Literature
Wed, 26 September 20185:30pm to 7:00pm'Victims in a Vacuum': Inscribing Identities in Childhood and Deathbed Scenes
Wed, 19 September 20185:30pm to 7:00pmAb origine mundi/ ad mea…tempora: Beginnings and Endings in Ovid’s Metamorphoses
Wed, 12 September 20185:30pm to 7:00pmThe Stream of Consciousness in the Works of William Wordsworth and James Joyce
Wed, 5 September 20185:30pm to 7:00pmFire stopped play: Shakespeare, Henry VIII, and the day the Globe burned down
Wed, 29 August 20185:30pm to 7:00pm'Remembrance, but to what end?: Registers of petition in the holograph manuscripts of Thomas Hoccleve' and '(S)he’s just not that into you: Resistance and Persistence in Medieval Romance Literature'
Wed, 22 August 20185:30pm to 7:00pmSacred Symbols, Snake-Women and Sisterhood: Crafting Power in Medieval Origin Stories
Wed, 15 August 20185:30pm to 7:00pm“The Beginning of Sound Film -The End of Literary Modernism?” and “The Rise of Populism and a Call for the New Sincerity in Contemporary Fiction”
Wed, 4 October 20175:30pm to 7:00pmA Sea-Change: Contemporary Poetry and the Coastline
Wed, 27 September 20175:30pm to 7:00pmApocalypse or Utopia: What Comes Next
Wed, 20 September 20175:30pm to 7:00pmLife, Death and the Victorians
Wed, 13 September 20175:30pm to 7:00pmChanging Entertainment: The Magic Lantern and the Nineteenth Century
Wed, 6 September 20175:30pm to 7:00pmTics in the Theatre: The 'Quiet Audience' and the Neurodivergent Spectator
Wed, 23 August 20175:30pm to 7:00pmAlfred the Great through History
Wed, 16 August 20175:30pm to 7:00pmAlbion: Change, Rebirth and Stagnancy in The Middle English Prose Brut Chronicle
Wed, 5 October 20165:30pm to 6:30pm"Whisht! Lads": The Lambton Worm, Medievalism(s) and Radical Jack the Earl of Durham
Wed, 28 September 20165:30pm to 6:30pmAlchemy, the Philosopher’s Stone, and the Holy Grail
Wed, 21 September 20165:30pm to 6:30pmSacred Monster: The Gothic Theology of Frankenstein
Wed, 14 September 20165:30pm to 6:30pm"After that Summer, Nothing Would be the Same Again": Sex, Death, and Nostalgia at the Seaside
Wed, 7 September 20165:30pm to 6:30pmBreathing in Science Fiction
Wed, 31 August 20165:30pm to 6:30pmThe Minimalist Literary Aesthetic and Current Forms of Communication in the English Language
Wed, 24 August 20165:30pm to 6:30pmCuthbert: A not so benevolent saint
Wed, 17 August 20165:30pm to 6:30pm“I don’t believe in the future. I think we’re all doomed”: The Contemporary Apocalyptic Imagination