August 2014 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter
Public lectures by postgraduates
Late Summer Lectures is a public outreach project organised by postgraduates, which is now running for its fifth year over the summer vacation. This series of eight lectures showcases English PhD research in English to a wide audience, from fellow academics to the general public.
This year, topics range from the poetry of mourning, to the films of Wes Anderson, the satire of Evelyn Waugh and the con artists of Oscar Wilde.
The lectures continue until 1st October, and you are warmly invited to attend if you are in Durham before this time. All the lectures are recorded, with podcasts of the 2012 and 2013 lectures available to download via our blog.
Conference season at Durham
Whilst many are putting their feet up for the summer vacation, this is an active time for literature conferences at Durham. This September sees three major events organised within the Department:
- Is a Novel Just a Novel? focuses on the function and role of the novel as a genre, and the distinction between novels and other genres.
- New Waves & Different Lights: Approaches to Derek Mahon considers the more recent work of this important poet.
- When the Lamps Went Out: HG Wells and His World on the Eve of War seeks to take a snapshot of the literary, political and social landscape at the end of the dawn of the First World War.
Postgraduates are able to attend and present at all conferences running at Durham, and many play a key role in their organisation.
Durham University people
One of our recent PhD graduates, Dr Jennifer Hodgson, will be spending two weeks at the Edinburgh Book Festival gaining a unique insight into the creative process.
Through a series of interviews with authors, Jennifer will seek to understand the ways in which writers and storytellers hear or imagine the inner voices of their characters and to explore what role this plays in the literary-creative process more broadly.
Many of us will recognise the experience of hearing, in our mind’s ear, the voices of people known to us. Might writers shed unique light on this phenomenon? Follow Writers' Inner Voices or coverage in The Guardian for the latest findings, or participate in a related survey here.