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Durham University

Department of English Studies

February 2013 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter

Postgraduate English journal at Durham

Postgraduate English is a professionally reviewed journal for postgraduate students of English worldwide, 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.

Each year postgraduate researchers can apply to edit the journal (and all Durham postgraduates are warmly invited to submit their own material). The new editors of the forthcoming issues in 2013 areMichael Shallcross and Avishek Parui.

The most recent issue of the journal, published in September 2012, features articles on Basil Bunting in Japan, music in Four Quartets, and representations of trauma in Heart of Darkness and House of Leaves.

Faculty of Arts postgraduate funding deadlines

If you wish to be considered for funding, you must complete your MA application online by Monday 18th February 2013 at the very latest.

Please see the following links for further information and to check your eligibility:

Those wishing to be considered for AHRC funding for a PhD or Durham Doctoral Studentships must also apply by 18th February:

If you have already applied for an MA or PhD but not mentioned that you would like to be considered in a funding competition, you can still notify us of this by emailing by 18th Feb 2013.

Durham University people

Dr Peter Garratt has recently joined the Department. He has research interests in nineteenth-century literature, particularly fiction and science. He welcomes PhD enquiries relating to Victorian fiction, literature and science, Ruskin, and cognitive theory and criticism.

His 2010 book Victorian Empiricism engages with the theory of knowledge in thinkers such as Herbert Spencer and George Henry Lewes. He currently holds a grant from the British Academy for the project "Making A Darkness Visible: The Literary Moment, 1820-40."

Dr Garratt is also Principal Investigator on the 2-year AHRC-funded project Cognitive Futures in the Humanities (2012-14), a research network exploring how the arts and humanities might develop new critical paradigms from the "cognitive revolution."

Podcasts from the Department of English Studies

Did you know that you can download podcasts featuring your prospective lecturers and supervisors?

The Department's research blog, Research in English At Durham, hosts over twenty podcasts, on topics ranging from lectures on beauty in the Renaissance to readings of poetry by our published poets. More podcasts are being added every month.

The Department also has its own Twitter feed and Facebook page, keeping you in touch with current research news and events.