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.

You can browse by month or use the search function above the archive list at right.


Volunteers from the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic take part in a storytelling event for families as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2019

Volunteers from the ASNC Department will be performing legends of giants, gods and dragons adapted from medieval literature at a storytelling event for families hosted by the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Wednesday 23 October.   All are welcome. This is the running order of stories: St. Carannog and the Dragon Beowulf the Warrior King […]

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Laura Davies’ project ‘A Good Death’ receives £1000 from the ESRC to host a public event on Saturday 2 November 2019

Laura Davies’ project ‘A Good Death’ has received £1000 from the Economic and Social Research Council for a collaborative public event with the Duckworth Laboratory and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. They are hosting an interdisciplinary evening of events on Saturday 2nd November at the MAA called ‘Deathly Encounters’. Full details and eventbrite here: […]

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Professor Steven Connor’s new book ‘Giving Way: Thoughts on Unappreciated Dispositions’ published by Stanford University Press, October 2019

In a world that promotes assertion, agency, and empowerment, this book challenges us to revalue a range of actions and attitudes that have come to be disregarded or dismissed as merely passive. Mercy, resignation, politeness, restraint, gratitude, abstinence, losing well, apologizing, taking care: today, such behaviors are associated with negativity or lack. But the capacity […]

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Dr Edward Allen has won the Marianne Moore Society Annual Essay Prize for his article in Twentieth-Century Literature, ‘”Spenser’s Ireland”, December 1941: Scripting a Response’

The judges this year summarised the award: ‘Allen’s essay tells the story of Moore’s visit to Harvard during the week after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and details how the pressure of the moment inflected her reading of “Spenser’s Ireland” recorded there. The essay gives us new ways to think about ongoing issues of interest […]

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CFP for ‘Revolutionary Papers: Counter-Institutions, Politics and Culture in Periodicals of the Global South’, a collaboration between the Cambridge Faculty of English and University of Western Cape, South Africa.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Revolutionary Papers: Counter-Institutions, Politics and Culture in Periodicals of the Global South Date: Thursday 23 April – Friday 24 April 2020 Venue: Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, South Africa Deadline for Abstracts: 30 November 2019 to revolutionarypapers@gmail.com This workshop is co-organised by Centre for Humanities Research and Department […]

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A Great Recorded History: A Queer Cambridge Audio Trail

Join us to celebrate the launch of this exciting new queer Cambridge audio trail. Created by Dr Diarmuid Hester (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in English) this free, self-guided one-hour audio trail reveals the rich and often radical history of LGBTQ+ Cambridge. Explore the city’s long-forgotten queer spaces and places, guided by the memories of queer […]

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