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Durham University

Department of English Studies

March 2012 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter

Outrageously Modern! Avant-Garde Magazines in Durham

A new exhibition at Durham University's Palace Green library, co-curated by an English PhD researcher, has been showcasing the world of late nineteenth-century publishing.

Magazines such as the Yellow Book or Blast! defied tradition and convention. They flaunted their modernity and sought to reinvent the magazine as a celebration of decadent art, unafraid to shock the public. This exhibition features original editions of these magazines, drawn from the collections of the University Library.

The exhibition was co-organised by Emily Ridge, who has recently submitted her thesis on luggage imagery in modernist literature. She worked alongside Dr Jason Harding and Dr Simon James to present the exhibition, which forms part of the Treasures of Durham University Library series.

Regional Discussion Forums

The Department of English studies is linked into research and discussion networks in the wider region through collaboration with universities such as Northumbria, Newcastle, Sunderland, and York. Postgraduates are warmly invited to attend and participate at various joint events and meetings.

In February 2012, for example, the most recent Northern Modernism Seminar was hosted in Durham's Palace Green Library, taking advantage of the exhibition of Modernist magazines featured above. In April 2012, Durham postgraduates will host the inaugural Norse in the North conference, a collaborative venture with the Universities of Leeds and York. In response to the call for papers, the conference received proposals from Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Spain as well as the UK, demonstrating the vitality of Durham as a centre for the study of Old Norse.

Other regional seminars include the North East Forum in Eighteenth Century and Romantic Studies, which is co-ordinated by Northumbria University, the Carribean Seminar in the North, and the North East Irish Culture Network, hosted at the University of Sunderland.

You can find more information about the events and activities within the wider region at our events website. As a postgraduate, you will also be kept in touch with all regional events taking place each month, through our comprehensive English Events newsletter.

From PhD to Published

Two recent Durham PhD graduates have received contracts to publish their theses in book form.

Dr Alice Bennett graduated in 2009, and is now a lecturer at Liverpool Hope University. Her research at Durham explored why life after death is such a potent cultural concept today, and why it is such an attractive prospect for modern fiction. Afterlife and Narrative: Life After Death in Contemporary Fiction will be published by Palgrave in late 2012.

Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus is based at Northumbria University, having graduated from Durham in 2011. Her book on The Other Memory of War: Short Stories of the First World War investigates the canonisation and socio-political impact of the British short story of and about the First World War.

Before You Arrive

As a prospective postgraduate student, do check out 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

The Department has also recently updated its MA module descriptions on its website. You may want to confirm your chosen modules' content and timings before arrival. Reading lists for each module will be sent to you over the Summer vacation.