Author Archives: English Literature at Reading

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.

Making space: Connecting BAME students in the Department of English Literature

In this post, Part 3 students (and soon-to-be 2020 graduates!) Georgia Courtney-Cox and Yinka Olaniyan and Lecturer Dr Nicola Abram discuss the BAME English Literature students’ network launched in 2019/20. Find the BAME network end of year poster here. Yinka: … Continue reading

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Natasha Robson on the need for Critical Thinking.

Natasha Robson writes: Dear reader, This is a call to action. I have a simple and easily implementable proposition. Recently, there has been talk of and movement towards a restructuring of the history curriculum in the UK – and not … Continue reading

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Pulpit, Playhouse and Page: online seminars in early modern theatrical and non-theatrical exchanges

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DEL Island Discs Episode Ten: Bear Hunt and Fat Puss

Welcome to the tenth episode of DEL Island Discs! This week we’ve handed the reins to some junior readers, who are going to cast away two of their favourites: the Bear from We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael … Continue reading

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DEL Island Discs Episode Nine: Robinson Crusoe

This week’s castaway is Robinson Crusoe from the proto novel of the same name by Daniel Defoe, introduced by Professor Peter Robinson, whose own contribution to the Robinsonade genre is a tercentennial publication called The Constitutionals: A Fiction (2019), in … Continue reading

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DEL Island Discs Episode Eight: Esther Greenwood

Welcome to Episode Eight of DEL Island Discs! Our presenter this week is Sybil Ruth and our castaway is Esther Greenwood from Sylvia Plath’s 1963 novel, The Bell Jar. Sibyl Ruth graduated forty years ago, and as part of her English … Continue reading

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DEL Desert Island Discs Episode Seven: Mickey Sabbath

This week’s castaway is Mickey Sabbath, the protagonist of Philip Roth’s Sabbath’s Theater (1995), and our presenter is Professor David Brauner of the Department of English Literature. Sabbath’s Theater is Philip Roth’s masterpiece. Its protagonist is one of the great … Continue reading

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DEL Island Discs Episode Six: Katherine

Our castaway this week is Katherine from Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, and our presenter is Department of English Literature alumna, Eleanor Dewar. *Disclaimer/trigger warning* I know the play/character I’m about to talk about is very problematic for some and … Continue reading

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DEL Island Discs Episode Five: Edward Casaubon

Hot on the heels of Episode 4 comes our next castaway: the Reverend Edward Casaubon, also from Middlemarch, and our presenter is Kathy Williams, formerly of the Centre for Caribbean Studies and the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of … Continue reading

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DEL Island Discs Episode Four: Dorothea Brooke

Today’s presenter is Professor Gail Marshall, Head of the School of Literature and Languages, and Gail’s castaway is Dorothea Brooke, a central character in George Eliot’s Middlemarch, A Study of Provincial Life (1871-2). Disc 1. Vaughan Williams, ‘The Lark Ascending’ … Continue reading

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