Do rave reviews on book covers count as literary criticism?

Dr Ross Wilson discusses the nature of the rave review in The New Statesman and asks whether it counts as criticism. Getting to put “Booker Prize Winner” and, perhaps, a puff from the panel of judges on your dust-jacket is priceless. But can puffing – the practice of lauding a book’s merits in a few […]

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Holly Corfield Carr wins Frieze Writer’s Prize

PhD student Holly Corfield-Carr has been announced the winner of the Frieze Writer’s Prize 2015 for her review of Katrina Palmer’s sound installation ’The Loss Adjusters’ which is the third part of her Artangel project ‘End Matter’ on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, UK. Holly is working on the piece as part of her […]

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Peter De Bolla Wins Robert Lowry Patten Award

We congratulate Professor Peter de Bolla, who has won the annual Robert Lowry Patten Award, awarded by the journal SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 for the most outstanding recent contribution to British literary studies of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century. The award is for his book The Architecture of Concepts: The Historical Formation of […]

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Writing Europe, 500-1450

Dr Orietta Da Rold has contributed to a new book, Writing Europe, 500-1450. Medieval Europe was characterized by a sophisticated market for the production, exchange and sale of written texts. This volume brings together papers on a range of topics, centred on manuscript studies and textual criticism, which explore these issues from a pan-European perspective. […]

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Samuel Johnson Prize Longlist

Congratulations to Dr Robert Macfarlane, who has made the long-list for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction with his book Landmarks. Read more from the guardian here. See also reviews in: The Observer The Guardian The Telegraph The Irish Times The Spectator Times Higher Education The London Review of Books Publishing Director of Hamish Hamilton […]

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Christopher Tilmouth & Katrin Ettenhuber Plenary Lectures – Literature and Philosophy 1500-1700

Katrin Ettenhuber and Christopher Tilmouth delivered plenary lectures at University of Sussex Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies Postgraduate ‘Literature and Philosophy 1500-1700’ conference. This conference explored the relationship between early modern literature and philosophical thought, theories and issues and took place between the 14th and 16th of July. Dr Tilmouth’s lecture was entitled […]

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Novel Thoughts

Literature and science may seem like opposite ends of the spectrum, but reading can have an impact on even the most scientific of brains. A new film series reveals the reading habits of eight Cambridge scientists and peeks inside the covers of the books that have played a major role in their lives. The Novel […]

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QS World University Rankings

Cambridge’s Faculty of English has been judged the best English department in the world in the 2015 QS World University Rankings, above Oxford, Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford and Yale. The QS World University Rankings are based on indicators of academic reputation, reputation among employers, Faculty-student ratio, research citations and impact and the international diversity of staff […]

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