The Institute of English Studies


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‘English’ 3

‘English’ 3

Over the past month or so, I’ve been mulling over Marion Thain’s brilliantly suggestive essay on the nature and future of English as a discipline, which has helped me to notice things that otherwise might have passed me by…

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Reading John Edgar Wideman’s ‘Fever’.

Reading John Edgar Wideman’s ‘Fever’.

In the early morning I run through Beckenham Place Park which is cut in two by the trainline to Victoria. Half-empty carriages click-clack past carrying the remaining few commuters into the city. I have missed reading books in the Victorian manner…

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Peer Reviewed: Tony Russ

Peer Reviewed: Tony Russ

Looking back on the last four years of research leading up to the submission of my PhD thesis in June and the viva in September, the question that kept recurring was – why am I doing this? PhDs are hard work, and the going gets tough along the way as various seemingly...

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Peer Reviewed: Elizabeth Sandis

Peer Reviewed: Elizabeth Sandis

The best moments of my Post Doc? Collaborating with brilliant minds by co-authoring pieces or co-teaching courses together. Hardest moments? Probably collaborating! Especially on journal articles; it can be a long, drawn-out process, which requires a lot of...

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‘The Matter of English’ 2

‘The Matter of English’ 2

Marion Thain’s blog is about “public questions of English cultural identities”: she asks if we, as a discipline (named, after all, for a national identity) “have a particular opportunity to contribute, collectively, distinctive resources and expertise to this debate”?...

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