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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Academic Career Successes

“"I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Department and the current editors of 'Postgraduate English' regarding the re-publication of my article on The Savoy. If such confirmation is needed, I would like to point out just how important the journal has been for my academic and publishing career. After the initial publication of my article in 2005, Wikipedia cited my first 'Postgraduate English' article on several of their pages internationally, and this has lead directly to a new publishing contract for me with Gale-Cengage Learning, who wish to include my work as a book chapter. The free-access nature of Postgraduate English means that my two articles published therein are still the most widely read and quoted of my published research to date, and I am continuing to reap the benefits of being included in such a high-quality, accessible journal.

I am now thriving over in Seoul. Since news of my talents spread following my first job, I had several offers of better posts, and was eventually head-hunted by this university who were specifically looking for a British educated PhD holder. Such beasts are extremely rare out here, so I find myself quite a valuable commodity. As a consequence, I've managed to pay off my undergraduate student loan in 18 months!"

Dr Matthew Brinton Tildesley, Visiting Professor of English Literature, The University of Seoul, South Korea

The Department has a long record of former students who have continued to pursue successful academic careers. The following list is hardly comprehensive, but results from a recent brief survey.

  • Dr Alice Bennett, Lecturer in English Literature, Liverpool Hope University
  • Dr Marc Botha, Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Theory, Durham University
  • Professor Fran Brearton, Queen's University, Belfast.
  • Dr Brian Burton, South Tyneside College.
  • Dr Madeleine Callaghan, Lecturer in Romantic Literature, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Shane Collins, Head of Student Recruitment, Dundee University
  • Dr Teti Dragas, Language Centre, Durham University
  • Dr Helge Dyvik,University of Bergen, Norway.
  • Dr Elizabeth Dutton, Magdalen College, Oxford.
  • Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus, Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Northumbria University
  • Dr Alice Entwistle, University of Glamorgan.
  • Dr Maria Frendo, Senior Lecturer, University of Malta.
  • Dr Mandy Green, Durham University
  • Dr Matthew Hayward, Lecturer in Literature, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
  • Dr Katherine Heavey, University Teacher in English Literature, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Judith Jesch, Nottingham University.
  • Assistant Professor Yi-Chuang E. Lin, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  • Dr Maebh Long, Lecturer in Literature, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
  • Dr Peter Lowe, Queen's University, Canada.
  • Dr Rachel Lister, Open University
  • Dr Tim William Machan, Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA.
  • Dr Scott Masson, Tyndale University College, Toronto.
  • Dr Emma Miller, Teesside University.
  • Dr Mark Sandy, Durham University
  • Dr John Shafer, Teaching Associate in Norse and Viking Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Julie Sutherland, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia.
  • Dr Fiona Tolan, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Professor Diana Whaley, Newcastle University.

Past books and successes include:

  • Fran Brearton is the author of The Great War in Irish Poetry (2000).
  • Alice Entwistle with Jane Dowson, A History of Twentieth Century British Women's Poetry (2005).
  • Peter Lowe, Christian Romanticism: T. S. Eliot's Response to Percy Shelley (2006.
  • Scott Masson, Romanticism, Hermeneutics and the Crisis of the Human Sciences (2004)
  • Mark Sandy, Poetics of Self and Form in Keats and Shelley : Nietzschean Subjectivity and Genre (2005)
  • Diana Whaley, A Dictionary of Lake District Place-Names (2006).
  • Dr Will Wootten, awarded a postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Bristol for the next 4 years, researching Penguin Books modern poetry archives.

Current Research Students

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The Department hosts one of the longest-running online postgraduate journals in literary studies, Postgraduate English, which is edited by two PhD students each year.