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Discover ideas and practices that challenge your preconceptions of literary study in exciting and surprising ways.

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At the forefront of UK English departments for research (REF) and rated 'excellent' for teaching (HEFCE).

Wide-ranging interests cover the literature and culture of all periods, in both English and other languages.

State-of-the-art facilities and one of the largest postgraduate literary research communities in the country.

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A variety of teaching formats including one-to-one consultations, interactive and participatory seminars and workshops, and stimulating lectures.

Develop the high-level transferable skills of writing, analysis, research and communication that are valued by employers.

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Choose to study English on its own or in combination with another academic subject.




Northern Nineteenth Century Network: Victorian Studies Professionalisation Day

This event will give postgraduates working on any aspect of the nineteenth century the opportunity to hear from academics in their field on academic publishing, scholarly editing, teaching, applying for postdocs and balancing the various aspects of an academic career.


Never Trust a Skald: Poetry and the Manipulation of Memory

The second seminar in the Summer Term CML Seminar Series, with speaker Erin Goeres (UCL).

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Writers and Creative Writing at York


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