April 2013 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter
Easter Conferences Organised by Postgraduates
While undergraduates enjoy a well-earned break, our postgraduate students have been busy running three conferences this Easter vacation.
Efface the Traces! Modernism and Influencebrought together 3 plenary speakers and 54 panellists from universities around the world to discuss the hidden influences of modernist authors. It was organised by PhD researchers Avishek Parui, Michael Shallcrossand Agata Wozniak.
Two days later, the inaugural conference of theEdwardian Culture Network, which brings together scholars working on various aspects of British culture between 1895-1914, took place at Durham and York. The ECN was co-founded by Durham PhD student Naomi Carle.
At the end of April, the Department will host a workshop examining copyright issues and new technologies in the humanities. Organised by postgraduate Kaja Marczewska, this forms part of the recently-established Forms of Innovation research network, a collaboration across several universities which itself emerged from a postgraduate conference held at Durham last year.
MA Modules for 2013-14
The list of MA modules available for 2013-14 has recently been updated on the Department of English Studies website. Several exciting new modules are due to begin in the forthcoming academic year, reflecting the diverse research expertise and interests of our staff. These include:
- John Milton: Life, Works and Influence, with Dr Mandy Green
- Victorian Objects and Things, with Dr Peter Garratt
- Theory of the Novel, with Dr Marina MacKay
- Modern Satire, with Dr Jason Harding
- Post-War British Drama, with Dr James Smith
- The Contemporary US Novel, with Dr Dan Grausam
- Life Narratives, with Professor David Herman
The full descriptions for our new modules are not yet available but will be added to the website shortly, so keep checking back regularly. A small number of other modules will not be available during 2013-14, due to staff research commitments.
Durham University people
Has British fiction undergone a post-war decline? This question was posed by Jennifer Hodgson, in an essay co-authored with her PhD supervisor, Professor Pat Waugh. The essay, featured in the arts quarterly, The White Review, stakes a claim for the existence of a hidden spring of innovative British fiction. Jennifer and Pat have also co-edited a special issue of the The Review of Contemporary Fiction, entitled "Future of British Fiction," with contributions from writers such as China Miéville and Jim Crace.
A podcast featuring Jennifer and Pat will be available to download soon via the Research in English At Durham blog. In the meantime, you can listen to what the editors of the White Review had to say when they visited Durham to talk about the challenges of publishing in the twenty-first century.
Before you arrive
As a prospective postgraduate student, do check the University's comprehensive web pages on what to do before you arrive at Durham.
This website is particularly useful for international students, but wherever you are from, information about everything from welcome events to registration with a local doctor can be found online.