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Durham University

Department of English Studies

February 2014 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter

World-renowned speakers in Durham

Durham University attracts many internationally respected scholars to speak at lectures and seminars through the year.

Recent or forthcoming highlights relevant to English students include:

  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak spoke on 'The Humanities and Development' at the Castle Lecture Series (video here)
  • Noam Chomsky will be lecturing in the same series in May
  • Pulitzer-prize-winning novelist, Jane Smiley, will give a keynote at the Literary Dolls conference, which is co-organised by postgraduate students

Previous well-known speakers invited to Durham by the Department of English Studies include Terry Eagleton, A.S. Byatt, and Paul Muldoon.

The Institute of Advanced Study also hosts a number of groundbreaking Fellows each year to give seminars and lectures relevant to the IAS's annual research theme.

Read about our research

Did you know that you can follow the Department of English Studies on social media? Or that you can listen to your prospective lecturers and supervisors in a variety of podcasts?

READ: Research in English At Durham is the Department's research blog, which showcases and disseminates our insights and publications to a wide audience. There are events listings, articles, and reviews - many of them contributed by our postgraduate researchers.

Our popular podcasts capture our public lectures, and there are also lively interviews with academics and postgraduates.

The Department also has its own Twitter feed and Facebook page. Do follow us as you look forward to your arrival in Durham.

Creative writing news

Dr Dan Vyleta has just published his third novel, The Crooked Maid.

The Crooked Maid is set in post-war Vienna, 1948. As the initial phase of de-Nazification winds down, the citizens of Vienna struggle to rebuild their lives amidst the rubble.

Dan Vyleta is senior lecturer in Creative Writing, and teaches an MA module on Writing Prose Fiction. To learn more about creative writing within the Department, visit our new webpages.

Postgraduate funding deadline on 17th February

Funding deadlines for MA and PhD applicants close on Monday 17th February 2014.

If you wish to be considered for funding, then you must complete your application online by this date. Please ensure that your referees provide references by this deadline also.

Our updated Departmental funding pages explain how to apply, and the various funding schemes on offer.

MA modules

Details of our MA Modules have recently been updated to reflect staff availability over the next academic year, and to add new modules to the list. Check our module descriptions for the latest selection.