English Faculty News

The Faculty of English at Cambridge has a diverse and lively research
In these pages, amongst other Faculty news, you can find information about the Faculty’s research activities, including: book publications (academic, creative and trade books); keynote and public lectures; media appearances; prizes and funding awarded; organisation of major conferences, symposia and exhibitions; public engagement events, and more.

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The outstanding research produced by members of the Faculty has been recognised in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results, published today (12th May). The REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The Faculty submitted samples of the work of 108 colleagues, at all career stages across […]

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Dr Diarmuid Hester (Emmanuel) hosts Club Urania, 28 May

Dr Diarmuid Hester (Emmanuel) will host Club Urania, a performance and music night at Cambridge Junction on 28 May 2022. Performances by Harold Offeh, Symoné, Tammy Reynolds, and Wet Mess, along with a DJ set by Lucia Blayke, co-founder of Trans Pride London. Tickets here: https://www.junction.co.uk/club-urania-may Club Urania is a monthly club night for LGBTQ+ […]

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Mathelinda Nabugodi talks about ‘The Trembling Hand: Reflections of a Black Woman in the Romantic Archive’ at the Birkbeck Arts Week, 18 May 2022

Romanticism is best known as a movement celebrating political and imaginative liberty—the human mind freeing itself from the shackles of tradition. But Romanticism also coincided with the apex of the transatlantic slave trade. In this lecture, Mathelinda Nabugodi uncovers some of the links between the poetry of freedom and the practices of slavery in the […]

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Joe Shaughnessy awarded a Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship

Joe Shaughnessy has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship to complete 12 months of research based at the Department of English Literary Studies, University of Cape Town. He will be conducting research related to literary internationalism in southern Africa between 1900 and 1950; this research constitutes the final part of his doctoral project. […]

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Dr Chris Townsend publishes ‘Philosophical Connections: Akenside, Neoclassicism, and Romanticism’, CUP, May 2022

Dr Chris Townsend’s Philosophical Connections: Akenside, Neoclassicism, and Romanticism was published on May 2nd with Cambridge University Press, as part of their Elements series. It takes Mark Akenside’s Pleasures of Imagination as a vital link between Alexander Pope’s poetry and the Romantics. Dr Townsend draws attention in particular to Akenside’s focus on appearances and how […]

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Dr Stephen Turton and Professor Charlotte Brewer curate ‘The “Oxford English Dictionary” and the Public’, an exhibition at Oxford’s Weston Library

Dr Stephen Turton, along with Prof Charlotte Brewer (Oxford), has curated a small exhibition on ‘The Oxford English Dictionary and the Public’ at Oxford’s Weston Library. In order to create the OED, its first chief editor, James Augustus Henry Murray (1837–1915), wrote and received thousands of letters on the histories of words—so many that the […]

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