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

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Miss Lou, Jamaican Culture & Mervyn Morris

Mervyn Morris, Poet Laureate of Jamaica, speaks on Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture. Professor Morris will also treat us to some of his own highly regarded poetry.


Thinking in Film 3

Screening, Margarethe von Trotta, 'Hannah Arendt' (2012), followed by a discussion led by Adam Kelly (York) and Alex Beaumont (York St John's).

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