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About English Literature at Reading

The Department of English Literature at Reading has been an internationally recognised centre for research and teaching in English Studies for over a hundred years. Our teaching system, with its emphasis on seminars and tutorial work, encourages our students to discuss ideas with tutors and other students in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. All of our students have access to dedicated study advisors; our academic placement scheme and 'professional track' programme provide invaluable preparation for subsequent careers.

Early Modern Research Centre spring term seminars

28 January,  1 pm, Edith Morley 175 Prof. Alan Cromartie, “John Bunyan and the Moderate Mr. Fowler” 11 February, 1 pm, Edith Morley 175  Dr. Olivia Smith, “Old Wives Tales: Imagined Storytellers in Early Modern Science and Philosophy”

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Forestry Commission launches new project to diversify nature writing

As part of celebrations to mark its centenary in 2019, the Forestry Commission has launched a new writing competition to diversify nature writing. From Wordsworth to J.K Rowling, England’s forests have inspired characters and chronicles that have shaped the nation’s … Continue reading

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Reading in the global top 150 for study of Arts and Humanities

The University of Reading has been ranked in the top 150 in the world for the study of Arts and Humanities subjects, according to the latest release of the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. The University … Continue reading

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Learning to speak Shakespeare’s verse in a Workshop with Jenny Caron Hall and Prof. Grace Ioppolo

‘Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue’: Hamlet’s advice to the actors who visit Elsinore is, ironically, easy to say but difficult to do. That is why I invited Jenny Caron … Continue reading

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Wilfred Owen: Centenary talk and reading at MERL

6-8 pm Thursday 15 November 2018 MERL The Museum of English Rural Life A Talk by Dr Jane Potter (Oxford Brookes) Followed by readings from PENNIES ON MY EYES: Poems by Wilfred Owen ADMISSION FREE: Further information: p.robinson@reading.ac.uk The latest addition to the … Continue reading

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Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies: Seminars 2018

25 October, 4.30 pm in Edith Morley 124 Norman Housley (University of Leicester) ‘An English proposal for a crusade against the Irish, c. 1329-31’.   22 November Stenton Lecture  Nicholas Vincent (University of East Anglia) ‘The Letters of England’s Kings and Queens 1154-1215: A … Continue reading

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Archives and Texts seminars autumn 2018

Thursday 15th November (wk 7), 5-6pm Dr Sophie Heywood (MLES, Reading), ‘Power to children’s imaginations: children’s picturebooks and ‘68’’ Edith Morley, G44 Thursday 6th Dec (wk 10), 5-6pm Dr Sara Sullam (Milan, British Academy Visiting Fellow, MLES) ‘Reading for translation: Anglo-Italian … Continue reading

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Students Talk: Learning Journals (a PLanT Project)

In this post Hannah Ashraf, a graduate of BA (Hons) English Literature, and Dr Nicola Abram, Lecturer in Literatures in English, discuss their 2018/19 PLanT Project ‘Students Talk: Learning Journals’.  Hannah: I first came across the journal assessment method in my … Continue reading

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Early Modern Research Seminars, Autumn 2018

Monday 22 October, 1pm, EM 124: Dr. Laura Sangha (Exeter), “The Social, Personal and Spiritual Dynamics of Ghost Stories in Early Modern England” Monday 19 November, 1 pm, EM 124: Rachel Foxley (Reading), “Gender and slavery in Milton’s republicanism” Wednesday … Continue reading

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Jess Brisley’s UROP in Special Collections: Publishing Class

Jess Brisley, English Lit and Theatre, 2nd year, UoR This summer, I spent six weeks undertaking a research project based in the archives of Special Collections at the Museum of English Rural life as part of the UROP scheme with … Continue reading

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