American

A series of reading groups, discussions and academic papers organised by graduate students of American Literature. All welcome.

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18th Century and Romatic Literature

The Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Seminar is a research forum for those interested in the literature and culture of the period 1660 to 1830. It welcomes graduate students and teaching and research staff both from around Cambridge University (be that the English Faculty or other departments) and from beyond. Students and academics of all kinds, from postdoctoral researchers to professors, present papers for round-table discussion over drinks.

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The History of Material Texts

The seminar in the history of material texts is a forum for research across disciplines and across periods, for all those interested in the history of the book, bibliography, histories and theories of reading, and the intersections between intellectual history and material culture, including the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, editing and subsequent history of texts as material objects in manuscript, print, digital media or other forms.

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Postcolonial and Related Literatures

The Postcolonial and Related Literatures Research Seminar brings together researchers who share an interest in the ways literature has been, in Bill Ashcroft’s words, ‘affected by the imperial process from the moment of colonization to the present day’. The field of postcolonial studies is highly interdisciplinary, and this is reflected in seminars featuring speakers from English Literature, History, Modern Languages, and beyond.

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Queer Cultures

Broadly historicist in approach, the Queer Cultures Research Seminar is intended to complement the recently established Cambridge Queer Theory Reading Group, providing an interdisciplinary forum for discussion between visiting academics, faculty members and graduate students across the arts and humanities. The seminar is dedicated to broadening the remit of contemporary queer studies, aiming to attract those interested in sexuality and gender studies, but also those with a particular interest in deviant, covert and criminal cultures, in the aesthetics of transgression, in illicit discourses, and, more broadly, in what Christopher Isherwood once termed ‘the market value of the Odd.’

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Sociolinguistic

The Sociolinguistics Seminar is for English Faculty postgraduates studying linguistic matters but is open to anyone in the University of graduate level and covers sociolinguistic matters in all languages, both historic and present-day. The main approach taken is variationist, and recent years have seen a particular focus of interest in codeswitching. Please note that this seminar only runs when linguistics doctoral candidates are registered in the English Faculty.

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Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature

The Twentieth Century and Contemporary Graduate Seminar is a forum for scholars to present research on aspects of literature and culture in this century and last. While the seminar serves as a testing ground for new ideas that push against the expectations of period and discipline, it is also home to our lively community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, providing a valuable resource within the Faculty.

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