Romanticism and the Uncharitable Quip

With their epic poems and philosophical themes, Romantic writers are hardly associated with the lighter side of life. However, ahead of a forthcoming conference on Humour and Satire in British Romanticism that suggests that humour should be put back on the menu, Daniel Norman serves up a joke from an auspicious dinner party. It’s often... Continue Reading →


Sound Words: Hymns in Twentieth-Century Literature

Why did twentieth-century atheist or agnostic authors write so many hymns into their poems and novels? Dr Noreen Masud explains what inspired her to explore this question, with her findings recently published in The Review of English Studies (paywalled; free version via Durham Research Online) This post is republished from Noreeen's blog Parrots Ate Them... Continue Reading →

Masters of Deceit: Introducing #SparkQuoteoftheWeek

Before she became a novelist, Muriel Spark worked for the secret wartime agency, the Political Warfare Executive. In a new #SparkQuoteoftheWeek series, doctoral researcher Beatriz Lopez selects quotes that show how forgery, blackmail, technological surveillance and postal censorship permeate her subsequent fiction. The first #SparkQuoteoftheWeek, from her 1959 novel Memento Mori, aptly summarises that Spark’s... Continue Reading →

UniSlam Poetry Success

UNISLAM is the UK’s largest poetry slam tournament and poetry summit. Durham University's Poetry Society sent a team to the national competition earlier this month, where they placed third overall, with English Studies undergraduate Prerana Kumar winning the individual Verve Prize for her individual poetry. Over on the University's student blog, Kym Deyn discusses the... Continue Reading →

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