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

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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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Complexity in the Humanities Workshop

A two-day workshop inaugurating the Complexity in the Humanities research strand in the Centre for Modern Studies, featuring presentations from members of the NarCS network on complex systems and narrative.


Magic Mountain: The Media of Messianism and the Mark of Marikana in South Africa

In the aftermath of the bloody strikes at Marikana, South Africans heard mineworkers speak of "going to the mountain". A literal hill above the Lonmin complex made that phrase seem innocent, a merely referential gesture.

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