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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter December 2013

New Research Centres

The Department of English is involved in several university research centres, which bring together groups of researchers engaged in related fields from different disciplinary perspectives. Two new research centres have recently been launched.

The Centre for Poetry and Poetics promotes the reading, writing and editing of poetry from classical antiquity to the present, as well as the critical exploration of current issues and ideas in literary theory. The CPP incorporates and builds upon the work of the Basil Bunting Poetry Centre

The Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, hosted by the Department of Music, is a locus for research in all aspects of the long nineteenth century (from the 1760s to present-day neo Victorianism). It aims to generate new research and collaborative opportunities across the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences.

Each research centre runs a variety of lectures, seminars, and readings throughout the year. Our English Events newsletter will keep you informed about what is going on each month.

Postgraduate English Journal Relaunches

Postgraduate English is a professionally reviewed journal for postgraduate research, edited by postgraduates at Durham University. In addition to scholarly articles, the journal also invites book reviews, reflections on postgraduate teaching, and free-wheeling polemics on all things academic.

Postgraduate English has been running since 2000, and pioneered web-based publishing. The most recent September 2013 issue saw the journal relaunch on the Open Journal Systems platform, which ensures contributions are better indexed and archived by libraries and search engines. For the editors, the new platform gives valuable experience of a professional publishing tool.

Each year postgraduate researchers can apply to edit the journal; the current editors are Hazel Monforton and Yuexi Liu. All postgraduates are eligible to submit their own material for peer review. 

Introducing Dr Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

The Department has recently taken on several new members of academic staff, including one of the BBC's New Generation Thinkers, Dr Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough.

Dr Barraclough’s primary research interest is in the literatures and cultures of the medieval north, and Old Norse sagas of Iceland in particular. Much of her recent work has focused on medieval geographies and landscapes, both real and imagined.

The New Generation Thinker programme uncovers early career academics with the potential to turn their research ideas into compelling programmes for broadcast. Listen out for Eleanor's broadcasts on BBC radio over the coming year.

Postgraduate Funding

Details of funding for MA and PhD students have been announced. If you wish to be considered for funding, then you must complete your application online by Monday 17th February 2014 at the very latest. Please ensure that your referees provide references by this deadline also. See the following links for further information and to check your eligibility:

MA Modules

Details of our MA Modules are currently being updated to reflect staff availability over the next academic year, and to add new modules to the list. Keep an eye on our module descriptions over the next few months. As the available modules change, so too will the options in our MA Pathways.