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A Double Sorrow

Lavinia Greenlaw’s 'A Double Sorrow', published by Faber and Faber in March 2014, is an unforgettable retelling of Chaucer’s 'Troilus and Criseyde' – said to be his finest poem and one of the most captivating love stories ever written. The reading will be preceded by a talk on Chaucer’s double sorrow by Kenneth Clarke (York). A Writers at York and Centre for Medieval Literature (CML) event.


Sketching Home: Soldier Art and Souvenirs of the Crimean War

Modern School Research Seminar with speaker Holly Furneax (Leicester).

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Welcome to our Department, officially recognised as the UK's best English department for research. Alongside staff with expertise ranging from Beowulf to Banville, we offer individual support and an impressive record on student employability.

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Professor David Attwell
Head of Department