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Durham University

Department of English Studies

September 2012 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter

Postgraduate Public Lectures

The Late Summer Lectures Series is an outreach project now running for its third successive year over the summer vacation. This set of eight lectures makes research from PhD students available to members of the general public.

Each lecture is given at Alington House, an arts venue within Durham City, and also at the Literary and Philosophical Library in Newcastle. Originally initiated by postgraduates in English Studies, the LSLS has now expanded to encompass a number of other departments and subjects.

This year, lectures cover a wide range of topics, from interpretations of the Qur'an, to European rock and roll. Lectures given by English PhD researchers include a discussion of paranoia in Nabokov's fiction, and the legends and mythical stories of Northeast England. For more information, visit the Facebook page for Late Summer Public Lectures or see our Departmental events listings. Podcast recordings of the lectures will be available to download via our Research in English At Durham blog.

New Poetry Publications

A PhD student and his supervisor have both recently published new collections of poetry.

Dr Gareth Reeves teaches on the MA module in Writing Poetry. He has released his third book, entitled To Hell With Paradise, which gathers together 25 new poems along with a selection from his ongoing long sequence of poems "Nuncle Music," written in the voice of Shostakovich.

John Clegg is writing a thesis on Eastern European and English poetry. Having previously published in short magazines, John has now released his first full-scale collection of his own poetry, Antler.

In a set of podcasts for the READ blog, John explains how he was inspired to write poetry after studying under Gareth Reeves for his MA, who now also supervises his PhD. John's recent success - and Gareth Reeves' influence upon him as a teacher - show how although the Department of English Studies is an intensive research environment, it also sponsors and supports creative writing at a number of levels: through the MA Module in Writing Poetry, through endorsing student publishing outlets such as The Bubble, and through mentoring MA and PhD students as they also seek to find their creative voice.

New Arrivals

Three new members of staff have recently joined the Department.

Dr Daniel Grausam teaches and writes about modern and contemporary American literature and culture. He is especially interested in the Cold War.

Dr Marina MacKay teaches and writes about twentieth-century and contemporary British literature. She is especially interested in literature and criticism from the 1940s and 1950s, and in the history of the British novel.

Dr James Smith's current work concentrates on the interactions between modern literature and covert state agencies, with his book British Writers and MI5 Surveillance, 1930-1960 due to appear by the end of the year. Other teaching and research interests include modern drama and literary theory (a previous book was on Terry Eagleton).

Postgraduate Inductions

If you are a postgraduate beginning your studies this October, you will find a range of University-wide and Departmental induction events to help you settle in. For Taught MA students, induction details are as follows:

  • Monday 1 October, 1pm, Elvet Riverside 201: Faculty of Arts and Humanities induction.
  • Tuesday 2 October, 10am, Elvet Riverside 207: Introduction to the Department and the Programmes.
  • Thursday 4 October, 11am, Elvet Riverside 145: Academic Advisors and Planning your Studies.
  • Friday 5 October, 2pm, Academic Advisors' Office Hour.

For Research students, inductions are:

  • Monday 1 October, 9.45am, Venue TBC: Faculty of Arts and Humanities induction.
  • Tuesday 2 October, 2pm, Seminar Room, English Studies, Hallgarth House: Department of English Studies Postgraduate Research students induction.

For more information on the registration and induction process, see the Graduate School pages for new students. If you are still receiving this newsletter but no longer intend to take up a place at Durham in 2012, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing m.a.caygill@durham.ac.uk.

Postgraduate Public Lectures

The Late Summer Lectures Series is an outreach project now running for its third successive year over the summer vacation. This set of eight lectures makes research from PhD students available to members of the general public.

Each lecture is given at Alington House, an arts venue within Durham City, and also at the Literary and Philosophical Library in Newcastle. Originally initiated by postgraduates in English Studies, the LSLS has now expanded to encompass a number of other departments and subjects.

This year, lectures cover a wide range of topics, from interpretations of the Qur'an, to European rock and roll. Lectures given by English PhD researchers include a discussion of paranoia in Nabokov's fiction, and the legends and mythical stories of Northeast England. For more information, visit the Facebook page for Late Summer Public Lectures or see our Departmental events listings. Podcast recordings of the lectures will be available to download via our Research in English At Durham blog.

New Poetry Publications

A PhD student and his supervisor have both recently published new collections of poetry.

Dr Gareth Reeves teaches on the MA module in Writing Poetry. He has released his third book, entitled To Hell With Paradise, which gathers together 25 new poems along with a selection from his ongoing long sequence of poems "Nuncle Music," written in the voice of Shostakovich.

John Clegg is writing a thesis on Eastern European and English poetry. Having previously published in short magazines, John has now released his first full-scale collection of his own poetry, Antler.

In a set of podcasts for the READ blog, John explains how he was inspired to write poetry after studying under Gareth Reeves for his MA, who now also supervises his PhD. John's recent success - and Gareth Reeves' influence upon him as a teacher - show how although the Department of English Studies is an intensive research environment, it also sponsors and supports creative writing at a number of levels: through the MA Module in Writing Poetry, through endorsing student publishing outlets such as The Bubble, and through mentoring MA and PhD students as they also seek to find their creative voice.

New Arrivals

Three new members of staff have recently joined the Department.

Dr Daniel Grausam teaches and writes about modern and contemporary American literature and culture. He is especially interested in the Cold War.

Dr Marina MacKay teaches and writes about twentieth-century and contemporary British literature. She is especially interested in literature and criticism from the 1940s and 1950s, and in the history of the British novel.

Dr James Smith's current work concentrates on the interactions between modern literature and covert state agencies, with his book British Writers and MI5 Surveillance, 1930-1960 due to appear by the end of the year. Other teaching and research interests include modern drama and literary theory (a previous book was on Terry Eagleton).

Postgraduate Inductions

If you are a postgraduate beginning your studies this October, you will find a range of University-wide and Departmental induction events to help you settle in. For Taught MA students, induction details are as follows:

  • Monday 1 October, 1pm, Elvet Riverside 201: Faculty of Arts and Humanities induction.
  • Tuesday 2 October, 10am, Elvet Riverside 207: Introduction to the Department and the Programmes.
  • Thursday 4 October, 11am, Elvet Riverside 145: Academic Advisors and Planning your Studies.
  • Friday 5 October, 2pm, Academic Advisors' Office Hour.

For Research students, inductions are:

  • Monday 1 October, 9.45am, Venue TBC: Faculty of Arts and Humanities induction.
  • Tuesday 2 October, 2pm, Seminar Room, English Studies, Hallgarth House: Department of English Studies Postgraduate Research students induction.

For more information on the registration and induction process, see the Graduate School pages for new students. If you are still receiving this newsletter but no longer intend to take up a place at Durham in 2012, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing m.a.caygill@durham.ac.uk.