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Department of English and Related Literature

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The Department of English and Related Literature looks forward to welcoming new and returning students to the Department for the start of term on 28 September 2020.

We are working hard to ensure we offer our usual very high standard of teaching in inclusive and accessible ways, while adhering to government guidelines around social distancing, and keeping our community safe. Our current students are working closely with us to make sure we offer the best possible support while ensuring our degree programmes remain dynamic and challenging. We remain committed to meeting in person, on our beautiful campus, wherever that's possible, though some teaching (especially large lectures) will necessarily take place online in order to comply with public health guidance. We're updating our Coronavirus webpages regularly with the latest information for prospective students and current students.

Most importantly, we will continue to be a friendly community of staff and students, and to offer a superb and engaging experience that is carefully designed to develop essential skills as you explore a world of literature at York. We can't wait to work with you.

Professor Helen Smith, Head of Department

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Dream of Uncommon Ground: Poetry with Bhanu Kapil, Vahni Capildeo, and Penny Boxall

Bhanu Kapil, Vahni Capildeo, and Penny Boxall have been engaged in collecting fragments from the perimeter of an archive, contemplating the appeal of a literal hermitage for modern writers in the age of Zoom, and translating French texts into badly behaved English. Their readings will draw from this new work and light up a path into writing at York in the New Year.

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