English Faculty News

The Faculty of English at Cambridge has a diverse and lively research
culture. 
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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Paperback edition of Dr Fred Parker’s book ‘On Declaring Love: Eighteenth-Century Literature and Jane Austen’ (Routledge) comes out on 30 September 2020

This book explores the act of declaring love in works of literature written between the middle of the eighteenth century and the death of Jane Austen – and uncovers the uncertain boundaries of the self in the force-field of courtship. This was a period highly sensitive to the propriety and artificiality of public forms, and […]

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‘The ‘A Good Death?’ project led by Dr Laura Davies, in collaboration with Menagerie Theatre Company, today launch three original audio dramas, which explore death, dying and bereavement: ‘Seven Arguments with Grief’, ‘End of Life Care – A Ghost Story’ and ‘A Look, A Wave’

Seven Arguments with Grief, End of Life Care – A Ghost Story and A Look, A Wave explore, through personal stories, some of the questions and emotions that the pandemic has prompted or intensified. Written and recorded during lockdown, along with video interviews with all those involved, Seven Arguments with Grief, End of Life Care […]

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Louise Joy has published a new monograph called ‘Eighteenth-Century Literary Affections’

Louise Joy has published a new monograph called Eighteenth-Century Literary Affections. https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783030460075 The book assesses the mediating role played by ‘affections’ in eighteenth-century contestations about reason and passion, questioning their availability and desirability outside textual form. It examines the formulation and idealization of this affective category in works by Isaac Watts, Lord Shaftesbury, Mary Hays, […]

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Dr Edward Allen (Christ’s College and Faculty of English) has had his first monograph published by Cambridge University Press

Modernist Invention: Media Technology and American Poetry attends to the work of Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, and Langston Hughes, and to scenes of communication not often considered in relation to lyric poetics: telegraph posts, snowed-in farmhouses, sickbeds, recording booths, and antebellum watering holes, to name a few. For further information, click here: https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/literature/american-literature/modernist-invention-media-technology-and-american-poetry?format=HB

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Dr Oliver Morgan is joint winner of the Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award 2020

The award is for Dr Morgan’s first book, Turn-taking in Shakespeare, published by Oxford University Press in 2019. The judges comments were as follows: “Oliver Morgan’s Turn-taking in Shakespeare provides a galvanising new way of interpreting Renaissance plays. The mechanisms of dialogue – the sequencing of speakers, their interruptions, pauses, and failures to respond – open out new insights into character, dramaturgy, […]

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