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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.

Thank you to The Friends of the University

  The Department of English Literature would like to extend warm thanks to ‘The Friends of the University’ for a donation of £500 for an ‘Images of Literature’ project. Maddi Davies applied for the money so that the Department could … Continue reading

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Women in Publishing Conference Friday 14th June 2019: Call for Papers

“All publishing was run by many badly-paid women and a few much better-paid men” (Diana Athill, Stet: An Editor’s Life, 2002) Feminist book history and print culture is thriving. Recent books and projects exploring feminist publishers, modernist presses, and women’s … Continue reading

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Archives & Texts seminar Thursday 28th Feb.

Thursday 28th Feb, 5-6pm in Edith Morley, G44 Dr Will Davies (Reading) ‘“A Wedge from the North”: The Founding of Poetry Nation’. Dr Davies’ paper  will consider Poetry Nation, postwar journals and American and European postwar literary history.

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The DEL/MERL Seminar Series, 2019: Writing the Rural

All events take place on Thursdays in February and March, 1-2pm, at The Museum of English Rural Life, Reading. All welcome. THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY, 12–1pm ‘Graceful clods: soil in eighteenth-century poetry’ Tess Somervell, (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Leeds). … Continue reading

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Poetry and Europe: A Celebration

However the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland leaves the European Union, if it does, on 29 March 2019, the long and deep-rooted connections between the poetic cultures of these islands and those of continental Europe will continue to be, and … Continue reading

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Chancellor’s Awards 2018

Congratulations to Chancellor’s Award winners Jasmine Davis (BA English Language and Literature) and Evelyn Hartnell (BA English Literature), who achieved the top results in their subject at the end of their first and second year, respectively. Jasmine writes: “Studying English … Continue reading

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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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