The Institute of English Studies


History of the book, manuscript and print studies and textual scholarship research

English

English

In the early days of my career, the English ‘English’ department I was working in took as its remit British literature written in English. In other words, the ‘English’ remit was defined neither by language — by  the extent of literatures written in English — nor by the geographical boundaries of England. This has been an uncomfortable fudge for many in the discipline…

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These are a few of my favourite things

These are a few of my favourite things

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to list a few of my favourite things. No, not raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles, nor even warm woollen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with strings come close to the mark, although the packages were...

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ULEMLA

ULEMLA

In the academic year of 1982/83, students and lecturers of evening and day-time literature classes – organized by what was then the University of London’s Extra-Mural Department – founded a Literature Association which they named ‘ULEMLA’.

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The pleasure of re-reading

The pleasure of re-reading

Throughout the lockdown I have been thinking about the ways in which I spend my time; am I productive enough, what do I do to wind-down, do I wind-down enough, and how do I compare with others?

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