Term 2 symposium in Lincoln Cathedral!

Students from the modules ‘Writing Utopia and Dystopia’ and ‘Women Writing the 21st Century’ presented papers in the Wren Library, Lincoln Cathedral, on 30th April 2014 to an audience of over 30. The papers were organised into four panels: ‘Utopian Societies and Fallen Worlds’, ‘Femininity, Gender and Form’, ‘Women, the Body and the Gaze’ and ‘Utopianism, Consciousness and Metaphysics’. The papers were professionally delivered and provoked lively discussion. Our Visiting Professor, John Drakakis, who was in attendance commented on the high standard of the papers. Congratulations to all our presenters!


May symposium in Lincoln Cathedral!

Our second symposium of the year took place in the Wren Library in Lincoln Cathedral. This is the first time we have held a symposium in the Cathedral and it definitely lived up to expectation – see the photos under the ‘Symposia’ tab.

This year we heard paper presentations from the Literary Theory in the 21st Century module, which were organised into three panels: 1) Trauma Theory and the Gothic 2) 21st Century Fiction: New Readings 3) Beyond Anthropocentrism: Humans, Animals and the Posthuman. The papers were great, demonstrating originality, impressive research skills and genuine intellectual curiosity. Our visiting Professor, John Drakakis, who gave feedback on the papers, was very impressed with the standard of work.

The symposium finished with a buffet lunch and wine in the Chapter House. All in all it was a great day, and wonderful to have some prospective MA students in attendance too.

Term 2 symposium – a great success!

The Term 2 MA in English Studies and MA in 21st Century Literature symposium took place yesterday. There were panels on 21st Century Literary Theory, Nineteenth Century Life Writing and contemporary representations of London (‘London Now’). The symposium was lively and stimulating and students’ papers were engaging and well presented. Have a look at the photos under on the ‘Symposia’ page – more photos to follow.

MA in 21st Century Literature delivered for the first time

The MA in 21st Century Literature appears to be unique in the UK, and quite possibly the world, so we are very excited to be delivering it for the first time this year.  Teaching will start on Wednesday 28th September.

This year, the options ‘Reading Trauma in the 21st Century’, ‘Contemporary American Fiction’, ‘London Now’ and ‘Literary Theory in the 21st Century’ will be running alongside core modules ‘English Now 1: Poetry and Drama’ and ‘English Now 2: Fiction and Life Writing’.