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Muslim women’s writing about love

Posted on Tuesday 8 September 2020

Professor Claire Chambers has recently published a co-edited book of short stories by Muslim women of South Asian heritage writing about love and desire. 

Distance in the long eighteenth century

Posted on Friday 7 August 2020

Registration still open for this international postgraduate conference!

Publication news! The Cambridge History of the Gothic

Posted on Monday 3 August 2020

Department of English and Related Literature academics John, Bowen, Jim Watt, and Deborah Russell have contributed chapters to this publication.

National Student Survey 2020

Posted on Monday 20 July 2020

We’re delighted to have some of the happiest English students in the UK.

Undergraduate Prizes

Posted on Wednesday 8 July 2020

The Department of English and Related Literature is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s undergraduate prizes: a testament to the superb quality of our students’ work in very challenging circumstances.

Student Volunteering Awards

Posted on Tuesday 16 June 2020

Huge congratulations to English and Related Literature students, Lily Robertson, Daniel Figg, and Rohan Weitz, who have all been awarded a Student Volunteering Award!

Dickens After Dickens by Dr Emily Bell

Posted on Friday 5 June 2020

The book is available to read online and download for free, edited by an alumna and former staff member at York and features a chapter by Professor John Bowen, Department of English and Related Literature.

Anne Chantry wins 'Unsung Hero of the Year Award'

Posted on Wednesday 3 June 2020

Warm congratulations to Anne Chantry, our Departmental Office Manager, who was awarded 'Unsung Hero of the Year' at the student-nominated YUSU Excellence Awards.

Information for Prospective Students

Posted on Wednesday 25 March 2020

Reassurance for York English offer holders.

QS World Rankings by subject 2020

Posted on Thursday 5 March 2020

The Department of English and Related Literature has continued to improve its standing among the world's top 25 English departments.

Success for our MA in Film and Literature Alumni

Posted on Monday 10 February 2020

Congratulations to graduates from our prestigious MA in Film and Literature, who have enjoyed recent academic and career successes.

York PhD discovers important historical manuscript

Posted on Monday 27 January 2020

Dr Jon McGovern, who recently received his PhD from the Department of English and Related Literature, made an exciting discovery when studying a manuscript in the Derbyshire Record Office.

Writer in Residence

Posted on Monday 13 January 2020

The Department of English and Related Literature is delighted to introduce Vahni Capildeo as our new Writer-in-Residence.

York Lecturer Wins Prestigious Research Award

Posted on Tuesday 7 January 2020

Congratulations to Dr Jane Raisch, who was recently awarded the 25th Anniversary Research Fellowship of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP).

New Publications from York English

Posted on Thursday 2 January 2020

Congratulations to our colleagues who have published new monographs and collections this year.

Claire Chambers discusses her new book on US podcast

Posted on Wednesday 11 December 2019

Following the recent publication of her book, Making Sense of Contemporary British Muslim Novels, Claire Chambers is interviewed by Professor Kristian Petersen for The New Books Network.

Looking for PhD funding? Applications are now invited for the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

Posted on Wednesday 27 November 2019

With generous funding from the Wolfson Foundation, the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships fund doctoral research in three disciplines: History, Literature and Languages.

English student wins BBC Radio 4’s Student Journalist of the Year

Posted on Thursday 31 October 2019

Congratulations to third-year student Hamzah Abbas, who has been named Student Journalist of the year 2019 at the Today Programme Student Journalism Awards!

Looking for PhD funding? WRoCAH competition for PhD studentships starting in October 2020 is now open!

Posted on Wednesday 30 October 2019

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme.

John McGovern wins Parliamentary History Essay Prize

Posted on Monday 28 October 2019

We are delighted to announce that Jon McGovern, who has recently submitted his PhD thesis here in the Department of English and Related Literature, has won another prestigious prize to add to his portfolio.

Northern Lights at York Minster

Posted on Thursday 24 October 2019

Northern Lights, a stunning sound and light installation, opens tonight, Thursday 24 October, at York Minster for a week-long run.

PhD Student wins J. Paul Hunter Prize

Posted on Monday 21 October 2019

Congratulations to Jenny Buckley, who has been awarded the 2019 J. Paul Hunter Prize for the best graduate student paper given at the Daniel Defoe Society Biennial Conference.

By a Lady: Women and Natural History in the Americas, 1650-1830

Posted on Monday 30 September 2019

Lilian Tabois, English & CECS PhD student, has an online exhibition of her recent WRoCAH placement at the John Carter Brown Library.

League Table Success for English at York

Posted on Tuesday 24 September 2019

York is rated as one of the best places in the UK to study English, in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Publication of Jim Watt's new book

Posted on Monday 16 September 2019

CECS & English academic's book, 'British Orientalisms, 1759–1835', now published by Cambridge University Press.

Two new grants for Dr Claire Chambers

Posted on Wednesday 11 September 2019

Dr Claire Chambers, Senior Lecturer in Global Literature, is Co-Investigator on two exciting new projects, exploring female empowerment through writing and culinary memory in India.

PhD Student's Prize-winning Papers

Posted on Wednesday 21 August 2019

Congratulations to Alice Rhodes, who was awarded the Lore Metzger Prize for the best graduate student paper at the International Conference on Romanticism in Manchester.

Jon McGovern wins prestigious Gordon Forster Essay Prize

Posted on Friday 2 August 2019

We are delighted to announce that Jon McGovern, whose recently submitted PhD thesis investigates Anti-Sedition Literature in England 1536-1603, is this year's winner of the Gordon Forster Essay Prize.

Alumna publishes poetry book

Posted on Thursday 1 August 2019

York Alumna Emily Willis will launch a book of poems which present a psychogeographical exploration of the North East coastline.

National Student Survey 2019

Posted on Tuesday 9 July 2019

We’re delighted to have some of the happiest English students in the UK.

More top 10 results for York English

Posted on Friday 7 June 2019

English at York 8th in the Guardian University Guide.

York English academic helps bring seventeenth-century writer and polymath into the spotlight

Posted on Thursday 6 June 2019

Professor Kevin Killeen has appeared on the BBC's In Our Time, presented by Melvin Bragg, describing the remarkable career and inventive writings of the seventeenth-century polymath Sir Thomas Browne.

York International Shakespeare Festival 2019

Posted on Wednesday 8 May 2019

The third York International Shakespeare Festival will run from 11th to 20th May 2019, bringing together actors, artists, authors and academics to celebrate Shakespeare and his works.

English at York ranked 5th in the Complete University Guide

Posted on Friday 3 May 2019

We are delighted to have the Department of English and Related Literature's Top 10 position amply confirmed, with a rise of 3 places from last year.

A Writing Competition With a Difference

Posted on Monday 29 April 2019

Submit a short story to this exciting competition, judged by English department staff and students, and get your words out and about on the streets of York.

York celebrates The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism

Posted on Tuesday 23 April 2019

On May 7th, we look forward to celebrating the launch of 'The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism', edited by David Duff.

Prestigious Honour for Professor Nick Havely

Posted on Thursday 18 April 2019

Professor Emeritus Nick Havely has been awarded Honorary Membership of the Dante Society of America, in recognition of his many, longstanding contributions to the field of Dante Studies.

Professor Jon Mee awarded British Academy Senior Research Fellowship

Posted on Friday 12 April 2019

Professor Jon Mee has been awarded one of only eight Senior Research Fellowships granted by The British Academy this year.

Collaboration with Tate Britain

Posted on Monday 8 April 2019

To coincide with the opening of the major Blake exhibition at Tate Britain in September 2019 and the re-dedication of a gallery space to the display of his work from Summer 2020, Tate and the Department of English and Related Literature invite applications for a full-time collaborative PhD studentship.

English Alumna Wins New Food Writer Award

Posted on Wednesday 27 March 2019

Congratulations to York English alumna Elly McCausland, who has been announced joint-winner of the Jane Grigson Trust Award for New Food Writers 2019.

Prestigious Award for York Professor

Posted on Thursday 21 March 2019

Professor David Attwell has been awarded an A1-Rating for his research into South African Literature.

First novel success for York English Alumna

Posted on Monday 4 March 2019

Warmest congratulations to York English Alumna, Lucinda Smyth, whose first novel, Click, will be published by HarperCollins next month.

A World Top 25 Department

Posted on Wednesday 27 February 2019

The Department has been ranked 24th in the world and 8th in the UK in the QS World University Rankings

Books and Baking

Posted on Monday 25 February 2019

Congratulations to York English alumna Elly McCausland, who has just published her first scholarly monograph, and whose forthcoming debut cookbook has already been shortlisted for a prestigious prize.

Dickens Discovery

Posted on Friday 22 February 2019

Professor John Bowen, a world-leading expert on Dickens, has uncovered new evidence about Charles Dickens’ tumultuous personal life.

Congratulation to our First Years!

Posted on Monday 4 February 2019

Warmest congratulations to the UK and International recipients of our Academic Excellence Awards 2018/9.

Anouncing One-Off Screening Female Human Animals

Posted on Monday 28 January 2019

This Thursday, the Department of English and Related Literature is thrilled to be hosting a free public film screening of the arthouse film Female Human Animal (2018), directed by Josh Appignanesi and starring and written in collaboration with the contemporary British-Mexican novelist Chloe Aridjis.

English Students Win Internship Awards

Posted on Wednesday 19 December 2018

Congratulations to Poppy Aston (English/History of Art) and Lizzy Holling (English), who have been named Intern of the Year and Campus Intern of the Year respectively at an awards ceremony attended by local businesses, university staff and fellow students.

Looking for PhD funding? WRoCAH competition for PhD studentships starting in October 2019 is now open!

Posted on Tuesday 30 October 2018

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme.

Department Wins Athena Swan Bronze Award

Posted on Monday 29 October 2018

We are delighted that the Department of English and Related Literature has received an Athena Swan Bronze Award, in recognition of our commitment to gender equality.

York English launches major Peterloo retrospective

Posted on Wednesday 24 October 2018

On 2nd November, the Department of English and Related Literature will launch a series of events to commemorate and understand the notorious Peterloo massacre.

Emma Major to give prestigious lecture at Durham

Posted on Monday 15 October 2018

Dr Emma Major, of the Department of English, is delighted to have been invited to give this year's Robin Dix Lecture at Durham University.

World Mental Health Day Exhibition

Posted on Wednesday 10 October 2018

To mark World Mental Health Day on 10th October, the Department of English and Related Literature is hosting a display of our students’ creative work.

York English in the UK Top Three

Posted on Friday 28 September 2018

We are delighted to announce that the Department of English and Related Literature ranks at number 3 in the latest Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

MA student Phoebe Power wins Forward Prize for first poetry collection

Posted on Wednesday 19 September 2018

Phoebe Power, a postgraduate student on York’s MA in English Literary Studies programme, has been awarded the UK’s most prestigious poetry prize for her debut collection, 'Shrines of Upper Austria'. This year’s Forward Prize ceremony took place on 18 September, in London’s Southbank Centre, with readings from the shortlisted poets.

Introducing Thin Ice Press

Posted on Tuesday 21 August 2018

A team of staff and students from the Department of English and Related Literature are building a fully operational printing studio.

Remembering Mairi MacInnes

Posted on Friday 17 August 2018

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Mairi MacInnes, poet and honorary graduate of the University.

Welcome to our newest students!

Posted on Thursday 16 August 2018

The Department of English and Related Literature is delighted to greet a new cohort of undergraduate students – the future class of 2021.

New £1,000 Scholarships and Bursaries for English at York!

Posted on Friday 10 August 2018

We are delighted to announce a range of scholarships and bursaries for newly-enrolled undergraduate students of English Literature (Q300) in the academic year 2019/20.

Go on a coastal adventure with 'The Snail and the Whale'

Posted on Friday 10 August 2018

Alexander Smith, a third-year undergraduate student in the Department of English and Related Literature, has just completed an exciting internship with the Marine Management Organisation.

Do we secretly love monsters?

Posted on Tuesday 24 July 2018

Dr Lydia Zeldenrust asks if our attitude towards monsters is changing in the first podcast of a new series of 'The Story of Things'.

Isabella Paul awarded Godolphin Flying Start scholarship

Posted on Tuesday 3 July 2018

The vision of the Godolphin Flying Start scheme is to provide horseracing with 'committed industry leaders working in existing and emerging thoroughbred markets contributing to the long-term success of the industry'.

Free pre-show talks for Shakespeare's Rose Theatre

Posted on Tuesday 3 July 2018

Learn more about Shakespeare's plays in talks accompanying four adventurous productions in York this summer.

HRC Doctoral Fellowship Competition 2018

Posted on Friday 29 June 2018

English and Related Literature 3rd year PhD researcher has been awarded HRC Doctoral Fellowship.

Jon McGovern wins prestigious Sir John Neale Prize

Posted on Thursday 28 June 2018

The Sir John Neale Prize is a prestigious essay prize awarded annually by the Institute of Historical Research.

Jack Quin wins ACIS Best Dissertation Prize

Posted on Wednesday 27 June 2018

Jack Quin has been awarded the 2018 Adele Dalsimer Prize for Distinguished Dissertation at the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS).

Beyond Words: The Unknowable and the Unutterable in early modernity

Posted on Tuesday 5 June 2018

In this keynote address, Professor William Franke closes a conference on the parameters of the unknowable and the unutterable in early modernity.

York English Excellence

Posted on Thursday 10 May 2018

Twenty-three English department teaching staff have been nominated by students for the York University Student Union’s annual Excellence Awards.

The English Department at the Festival of Ideas

Posted on Thursday 10 May 2018

Celebrate the Festival of Ideas with English academics.

English student selected as Laidlaw Leadership Fellow

Posted on Thursday 10 May 2018

Congratulations to first-year English student, Matthew Bantick, who has been selected for the highly competitive Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship.

Prestigious Grants for Small Things

Posted on Tuesday 8 May 2018

Congratulations to Dr Chloe Wigston Smith, who has been awarded two grants in support of her work on women and material entanglements in the Atlantic world.

Recovering the Women of the YPS

Posted on Tuesday 8 May 2018

MA student reveals the hidden histories of the women of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society.

Horse-drawn Austen

Posted on Friday 4 May 2018

Congratulations to PhD student Gabriella Barnard-Edmunds, who has been awarded a 4-week fellowship at the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University.

Accolade for Emilie Morin's Beckett book

Posted on Friday 4 May 2018

Emilie Morin's latest book 'Beckett's Political Imagination' is one of 12 books selected for Cambridge University Press’s 2018 Academic Book Week.

New £1,000 Academic Excellence Bursaries for English at York!

Posted on Wednesday 2 May 2018

We are delighted to announce a number of £1,000 Academic Excellence Bursaries, which are designed to recognise and reward academic achievement.

Conversation, Georgian style

Posted on Wednesday 2 May 2018

Professor John Mee and Dr Chloe Wigston Smith from the Department of English are hosting an event on Thursday 3rd May, at York's glorious, and newly-refurbished, Mansion House.

Screenplays and soirees

Posted on Monday 30 April 2018

First year English/History student, Danielle Olowe, recently completed a four-day internship at Milton Manor House.

Department 8th in the UK in CUG rankings

Posted on Thursday 26 April 2018

English keeps its place in the top 10 UK Complete University Guide rankings.

Claire Chambers awarded prestigious library fellowship

Posted on Tuesday 24 April 2018

Dr Claire Chambers has been awarded a fellowship to undertake archival research at the Rose Library, Emory University, one of the world's leading research universities.

PhD student awarded Huntington Library fellowship

Posted on Thursday 19 April 2018

Fiona Milne, a PhD student in the Department of English and Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, has been awarded a short-term fellowship at the Huntington Library, California, for 2018/9.

Undergraduate of the Year?

Posted on Wednesday 18 April 2018

Congratulations to Tierney Holloway, who has reached the final of the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards in the category of Impactful Social Action.

Resurrecting the Vikings

Posted on Monday 16 April 2018

Dr Matthew Townend helps to rebuild York's Viking past in a new series of 'Britain's Most Historic Towns'.

York English goes green - new partnership with St Nick’s Environment Centre

Posted on Tuesday 20 March 2018

The Department of English is pleased to announce that for its new interdisciplinary summer term module 'Imagining Woodlands', it has established a collaboration with York's St Nick's Nature Reserve and Environment Centre.

English Department Excels in Postgraduate Research Experience Survey

Posted on Friday 2 March 2018

The Department received very positive feedback from the latest Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES).

Department ranked 27th in the world in QS rankings

Posted on Thursday 1 March 2018

English and Related Literature keeps its place in the top 10 UK and top 30 world rankings.

The Quiet Place Book Club launched

Posted on Monday 26 February 2018

The Department, in partnership with the York Festival of Ideas, has launched a virtual book club, named after the Quiet Place on the University’s Campus West.

Valentine's Day: Is Jane Austen really that romantic?

Posted on Wednesday 14 February 2018

Is Jane Austen as romantic as her readers think she is or could she be a good antidote to Valentine's Day? Dr Emma Major, from the University of York's Department of English and Related Literature, discusses Austen's depiction of marriage in one of her most celebrated works, Sense and Sensibility.

Beckett Summer School - postgraduate award announced

Posted on Tuesday 13 February 2018

The Department of English and Related Literature is offering a postgraduate award for MA and PhD students studying in the Department who are interested in the works of Samuel Beckett.

Helen Dunmore posthumous winner of the Costa book of the year

Posted on Wednesday 31 January 2018

The poet and author Helen Dunmore, who died in June 2017 aged 64, has been awarded the Costa book of the year for her final poetry collection, Inside the Wave.

York PhD Wins Prestigious Essay Prize

Posted on Friday 26 January 2018

Congratulations to Doug Battersby, whose essay 'Contemporary Realism, Postmodernism, and Bodily Feeling: Ian McGuire's 'The North Water'' has won the prestigious 'English' Postgraduate Essay Prize.

Claire Chambers publishes new Collection on Pakistani Literature

Posted on Monday 22 January 2018

In this series of illuminating essays, Claire Chambers explores global literature, with a special focus on texts from Pakistan and its diaspora.

PhDs celebrate examination success

Posted on Wednesday 17 January 2018

Congratulations to our PhD students on an impressive run of viva successes!

John Bowen assists in bringing 'A Christmas Carol' to Shakespeare stage

Posted on Tuesday 28 November 2017

John Bowen, Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature in the Department, is Expert Advisor to a new Royal Shakespeare Company stage play that aims to give Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' a contemporary twist.

Emilie Morin - Times Literary Supplement 'Book of the Year'

Posted on Thursday 23 November 2017

Emilie Morin's book, 'Beckett's Political Imagination' (Cambridge University Press) has been chosen as one of the Times Literary Supplement's Books of the Year, noting that it 'breaks new ground in reconstructing left-wing commitments in Ireland and France.'

English graduate appointed to British Library post

Posted on Wednesday 22 November 2017

Film and Literature MA student Alex Killeen has been appointed Press Assistant to the British Library.

Emilie Morin uncovers Beckett's Political Imagination in new book

Posted on Tuesday 21 November 2017

Dr Emilie Morin, of the Department of English and Related Literature, sheds new light on acclaimed writer Samuel Beckett's interest in the political events of his time.

Jennifer Egan: A reading and interview for Writers at York

Posted on Tuesday 21 November 2017

On Thursday 16th November, the acclaimed American novelist read from her new novel Manhattan Beach and was interviewed by Dr Adam Kelly.

Kevin Killeen gives talk at the Royal College of Physicians

Posted on Monday 13 November 2017

In this free lecture, on 15 November 2017, Dr Kevin Killeen explores the intellectual world of Sir Thomas Browne; his experiments, how he understood the mesh of science, the humanities and religion.

2018 WRoCAH AHRC Competition Studentships - NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

Posted on Tuesday 7 November 2017

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities is offering over 50 studentships starting October 2018 to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

Conversation on the Man Booker winner

Posted on Tuesday 7 November 2017

Adam Kelly, Lecturer in American Literature, has written about George Saunders' Booker Prize-winning novel, 'Lincoln in the Bardo', for 'The Conversation'.

English student's dissertation a first on 'memes'

Posted on Tuesday 24 October 2017

A Department of English graduate has gained a top grade for his trailblazing dissertation on the social media phenomenon of ‘memes’.

Lithuanian Shakespeares

Posted on Tuesday 24 October 2017

Erica Sheen opens Shakespeare exhibition in Lithuania.

A Top 10 Department

Posted on Thursday 5 October 2017

Department rises to joint 7th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Man Booker Prize 2017

Posted on Wednesday 13 September 2017

Congratulations to PhD student Fiona Mozley, whose debut novel 'Elmet' has now been shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize.

Remembering the Reformation

Posted on Wednesday 13 September 2017

York and Cambridge AHRC-funded research project produces major digital exhibition for 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

PhD Student awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Posted on Thursday 15 June 2017

Lola Boorman, a PhD student in the Department of English, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for 2017/18.

Professor David Attwell in Cape Town

Posted on Wednesday 24 May 2017

Professor David Attwell is to give the University of Cape Town 'Winter School lectures' (this Summer!), entitled: 'The Writing Event: Process, Discovery And Craft In J.M. Coetzee'

Austen at 200

Posted on Tuesday 16 May 2017

A programme of screenings, talks and discussions to celebrate Jane Austen’s writing and legacy, marking the 200th anniversary of her death.

The 'Singularity of Literature' Launch Party - celebrate with us!

Posted on Monday 8 May 2017

Professor Derek Attridge's book joins Routledge Classics Series.

Emma Major's Gin Drinking in BBC top ten

Posted on Thursday 4 May 2017

'The Gin Craze' is voted one of Radio 4's 'In Our Time' top ten broadcasts.

Department of English ranked a World Top 25 department in QS rankings

Posted on Friday 28 April 2017

The Department of English and Related Literature is delighted to have been ranked a World Top 25 Department this year.

Students voice Viking characters at JORVIK Viking Centre

Posted on Friday 28 April 2017

A team of PhD students bring Old Norse back to life through the voices of new animatronic Viking characters at the world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre.

Researchers bring Old Norse language back to JORVIK Viking Centre

Posted on Tuesday 11 April 2017

Old Norse has been brought back to life by researchers at the University of York through the voices of new animatronic Viking characters at the world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre.

Students participate in early career research symposium at Huntington Library, L.A.

Posted on Friday 31 March 2017

Four Department of English WRoCAH-funded students will be the focus for an early career research symposium entitled 'Interiority, Character, Networks: A Huntington Library-University of York early career researchers’ symposium' at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Los Angeles.

Ríona Nic Congáil edits Irish language children's classic

Posted on Thursday 26 January 2017

Almost 100 years after its original publication, Ríona Nic Congáil, Elevate Marie Curie International Fellow in the Department of English and Related Literature, has edited this Irish language children's classic, 'Jimín Mháire Thaidhg' by An Seabhac, now published for the first time in an unabridged and illustrated edition.

Beckett Summer School - postgraduate award announced

Posted on Tuesday 24 January 2017

The Department of English and Related Literature is offering a postgraduate award for MA and PhD students studying in the Department who are interested in the works of Samuel Beckett.

John Bowen's book named one of five best books on Dickens

Posted on Friday 20 January 2017

John Bowen's book 'Palgrave Advances in Charles Dickens Studies' has been named as one of the five best books on Dickens

York graduate wins Café Writers prize

Posted on Friday 6 January 2017

Emily Willis, who graduated from the Deptartment of English and Related Literature in summer 2016, has been awarded the 2016 Café Writers Open Poetry Competition Norfolk Prize.

Shakespeare lives - in Lithuania!

Posted on Wednesday 21 December 2016

Dr Erica Sheen has written the text for the 'Shakespeare Lives – in Lithuania' exhibition at the Seimas Palace, Vilnius.

Dr Emma Major talks about gin

Posted on Friday 16 December 2016

Dr Emma Major, Senior lecturer in Eighteenth Century Studies, has participated in the Radio 4 programme 'In Our Time', presented by Melvyn Bragg.

John Bowen to join Miriam Margolyes at Malton Dickensian Festival

Posted on Monday 5 December 2016

John Bowen will join BAFTA winning Miriam Margolyes at the Christmas Dickensian Festival in Malton on 17th December.

Dr Kevin Killeen and Dr Helen Smith awarded prestigious book prize

Posted on Tuesday 1 November 2016

Dr Kevin Killeen, and Dr Helen Smith from the Department of English, along with Dr Rachel Willie from Liverpool John Moores University, have been awarded the Roland H. Bainton Prize (for Reference Works) for their book 'The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, c. 1530-1700' (OUP, 2015).

Claire Chambers, Lecturer in Global Literature, talks to 'Marginalia' about her new book

Posted on Wednesday 19 October 2016

Claire Chambers, Lecturer in Global Literature, talks to 'The Marginalia Review of Books' about her new book, 'Britain Through Muslim Eyes: Literary Representations, 1780-1988'.

Jon Mee delivers lecture in Distinguished Fellow Lecture Series at The Huntington

Posted on Friday 30 September 2016

Jon Mee, professor of 18th-century studies at the University of York and the R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellow at The Huntington, discusses the network of literary and philosophical societies that sprang up in response to the transformative experience of the Industrial Revolution in the north of England between 1780 and 1830.

The Matter of the North

Posted on Tuesday 20 September 2016

Dr Matthew Townend describes Viking influence on the English language in Melvyn Bragg's new Radio 4 series, 'The Matter of the North'.

Department ranked 27th in QS world rankings

Posted on Wednesday 7 September 2016

The University of York has retained its top 7 UK ranking and has a top 27 world ranking in English Language and Literature.

Professor Brian Cummings elected Fellow of British Academy

Posted on Tuesday 26 July 2016

Professor Brian Cummings is among 42 academics elected as Fellows in recognition of their outstanding contribution to research.

Department wins YUSU Excellence Award for Supervision

Posted on Friday 10 June 2016

Entirely student led, the YUSU Excellence Awards reward the teachers and staff who are making an outstanding contribution to students’ lives.

Third Year Undergraduate Conference Prizewinner announced

Posted on Monday 23 May 2016

Miriam Johnson wins Third Year Undergraduate Conference Prize.

Prestigious Literary Award shortlist announced

Posted on Wednesday 18 May 2016

Professor David Attwell shortlisted for Alan Paton Award.

The future of Shakespeare: Judith Buchanan gives keynote speech at Hamlet’s castle

Posted on Monday 25 April 2016

Judith Buchanan, Professor of Film and Literature, gave a keynote speech at Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, Denmark, known worldwide as Elsinore in Hamlet, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Judith Buchanan presents Radio 4 'Shakespeare in Silence'

Posted on Monday 18 April 2016

Isn't silent Shakespeare an oxymoron? All that's nuanced, beautiful, meaningful in the poetry - silenced. Judith Buchanan, director of Silents Now and Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature, celebrates the phenomenon in a programme for BBC Radio 4.

Tabish Khair joins the Department as John Tilney Writer in Residence

Posted on Thursday 7 April 2016

This Summer Term’s John Tilney Writer in Residence is the multi-talented poet, novelist and critic, Tabish Khair.

Beckett Summer School - postgraduate award announced

Posted on Tuesday 22 March 2016

The Department of English and Related Literature is offering a postgraduate award for MA and PhD students studying in the Department who are interested in the works of Samuel Beckett.

Imke van Heerden wins PhD Research Spotlight Competition, YorkTalks 2016

Posted on Monday 11 January 2016

The Department of English and Related Literature is proud to announce that Imke van Heerden has won the PhD Research Spotlight Competition in the 2016 YorkTalks.

Department of English student wins 2015 Guardian Student Media Award

Posted on Tuesday 8 December 2015

Year 2 student Chris Owen is Critic of the Year.

Sam Buchan-Watts announced Faber New Poet

Posted on Friday 13 November 2015

Sam Buchan-Watts, PhD student in the Department of English, is announced a Faber New Poet 2015-16.

Suffragette: the York English connection

Posted on Monday 19 October 2015

"Doing an English degree is good food for a filmmaker", says Sarah Gavron, director of 'Suffragette' and York English alumna.

English success in YUSU Awards

Posted on Friday 12 June 2015

The Department of English scoops three prizes in this year's YUSU Excellence in Teaching and Supervision Awards.

Doctoral student Anna Mercer wins Stephen Copley Award

Posted on Thursday 11 June 2015

Congratulations to Department of English doctoral candidate, Anna Mercer, who has been awarded a Stephen Copley Postgraduate Research Award.

Major AHRC grant for 'Remembering the Reformation'

Posted on Thursday 28 May 2015

Professor Brian Cummings has been awarded AHRC funding for a major project on 'Remembering the Reformation'. The full value of the award is £831,000 shared between the universities of York and Cambridge.

Novelist Margie Orford joins the Department as Writer in Residence

Posted on Tuesday 28 April 2015

The distinguished South African Novelist Margie Orford joins the Department as John Tilney Writer in Residence for the Summer Term 2015.

British Academy Fellowship for Emma Major

Posted on Tuesday 14 April 2015

Dr Emma Major has been awarded a British Academy Fellowship for her book project 'Faithful Citizens 1789-1829'.

Collaborative doctoral award with the V&A

Posted on Wednesday 18 March 2015

The Department of English and Related Literature is delighted to announce a PhD studentship with the Victoria and Albert Museum on the work of John Forster, a major donor to the V&A and close friend and biographer of Charles Dickens.

York Juba anthology now in its fourth year

Posted on Tuesday 24 February 2015

A collaborative creative writing anthology set up by English student Anthea Gordon between the Universities of York and Juba (South Sudan) is now in its fourth year.

The Languages of Literature: Attridge at 70

Posted on Friday 30 January 2015

The Languages of Literature, a three-day conference hosted by the Department of English and Related Literature at York, will celebrate the contribution of Professor Derek Attridge to literary criticism.

English first in the UK on research quality

Posted on Tuesday 23 December 2014

York’s Department of English and Related Literature has emphatically demonstrated its position at the forefront of UK English departments for research. The 2014 REF results released on 18th December place York English second in the UK to Warwick, and first on 4* (“world-leading”) research quality.

Brian Cummings wins Elizabeth Dietz Memorial Award

Posted on Friday 5 December 2014

Professor Brian Cummings has been selected to receive the Elizabeth Dietz Memorial Award for the best recent book in English Renaissance Studies.

Eleanor Bartley elected as Intern of the Year

Posted on Thursday 4 December 2014

Eleanor Bartley, final year undergraduate in the Department of English and Related Literature, is the University of York Student Internship Bureau's 'Intern of the Year'.

Department of English retains QS world ranking

Posted on Thursday 14 August 2014

The University of York has retained its top 7 UK ranking and a top 26 world ranking in English Language and Literature.

English Department PhD Student Named PGWT of the Year

Posted on Friday 13 June 2014

Congratulations to the Department of English and Related Literature’s Rebecca Lyons, who has just been named PGWT (Postgraduate Who Teaches) of the Year at the 2014 YUSU Excellence in Teaching and Supervision Awards.

English Department postgraduate named BBC New Generation Thinker 2014

Posted on Tuesday 27 May 2014

An English Department postgraduate has been named one of ten New Generation Thinkers for 2014 by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

York undergraduate Helen Hobin wins award for "Lights on Literature"

Posted on Tuesday 6 May 2014

Second year English student Helen Hobin was awarded 'highly commended' for her documentary film "Lights on Literature" by the National Student Television Association (NaSTA).

White Rose College offers three fully-funded studentships

Posted on Thursday 1 May 2014

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities has announced three fully-funded PhD studentships on 'Cultures of Consumption in Early Modern Europe', starting in autumn 2014.

Brian Cummings gives Shakespeare Birthday Lecture at Folger

Posted on Wednesday 30 April 2014

Professor Brian Cummings gave the annual Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture at the Folger Institute in Washington DC, as part of the Folger's celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth in 2014.

John Tilney Writer in Residence - Summer Term 2014

Posted on Wednesday 23 April 2014

This summer term 2014 the John Tilney Writer in Residence in the Department of English will be James Meek, a British novelist and journalist.

Ellie Swire wins Undergraduate Conference Prize

Posted on Monday 10 March 2014

Third year undergraduate student Ellie Swire has been awarded the English Department Prize for her paper at the Third Year Undergraduate Conference in the Renaissance and Eighteenth Century.

Writers at York: Spring and Summer 2014

Posted on Tuesday 18 February 2014

This year’s Writers at York programme is ambitiously designed to begin transforming Writers at York into the premier showcase for poetry and fiction in the North of England.

PhD student Jack Rundell wins prestigious international essay prize

Posted on Friday 17 January 2014

English Department PhD student Jack Rundell has been placed first in the Domitor international essay competition for his essay '“Here To-day”: Charlie Chaplin, Mass Amusement and the Temporality of the Craze.'

Two PhD studentships in medieval literature and medieval studies

Posted on Friday 20 December 2013

The Centre for Medieval Literature is offering two fully-funded doctoral studentships for study at either the Department of English or the Centre for Medieval Studies.

New MA in Poetry and Poetics

Posted on Thursday 21 November 2013

The Department is delighted to announce its new MA in Poetry and Poetics, which will welcome its first intake of students in September 2014.

New prize for Helen Smith's "Grossly Material Things"

Posted on Wednesday 30 October 2013

Helen Smith's monograph, "'Grossly Material Things': Women and Book Production" (Oxford University Press, 2012) has been awarded the Ronald H. Bainton Literature Prize. 'Grossly Material Things' was previously awarded the SHARP DeLong Book History Book Prize, 2013.

AHRC doctoral funding announced

Posted on Wednesday 23 October 2013

A successful collaboration between the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield has received a £19m award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to create the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities.

Cambridge History of South African Literature shortlisted for Times Higher award

Posted on Thursday 17 October 2013

The Cambridge History of South African Literature, edited by David Attwell and Derek Attridge and published in 2012, has been shortlisted by the Times Higher Education for an award in the category 'International Collaboration of the Year'.

Nick Havely awarded Fellowship at the Fondazione Bogliasco

Posted on Thursday 17 October 2013

Emeritus Professor Nick Havely has been awarded a Fellowship at the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities at Bogliasco, Genoa, next spring, to enable him to complete a book on travellers in the Tuscan Apennines.

Lecture and seminar by Professor Jonathan Culler

Posted on Thursday 3 October 2013

The Department of English and Related Literature is pleased to announce a lecture and seminar by Professor Jonathan Culler (Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University).

Interdisciplinary Centre for Narrative Studies goes live

Posted on Friday 27 September 2013

The ICNS, a research hub for narrative studies associated with the Humanities Research Centre, now has its own web pages at www.york.ac.uk/narrative-studies/

Helen Smith wins the George A. and Jean S. DeLong Book History Book Prize 2013

Posted on Monday 22 July 2013

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) has awarded Helen Smith, Reader in Renaissance Literature, a prestigious prize to celebrate her recent book, "Grossly Material Things: Women and Book Production in Early Modern England" (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Terrific result for English at the YUSU Excellence in Teaching and Supervision Awards

Posted on Friday 19 July 2013

The Department of English and Related Literature won two of the coveted YUSU Excellence in Teaching and Supervision Awards on 26 June.

New Postgraduate Bursaries for English Literature for 2013/4!

Posted on Friday 12 July 2013

The Department of English and Related Literature is delighted to announce five new bursaries of £1,000 each for postgraduate students on taught MA programmes, starting in 2013.

Alice Hall named New Generation Thinker

Posted on Tuesday 11 June 2013

English Department lecturer Alice Hall has been named as one of ten 2013 New Generation Thinkers by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the BBC.

Hugh Haughton and Alice Oswald at Senate House

Posted on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Under the title 'Poetry and Rivers', the poet Alice Oswald along with Professor Hugh Haughton did a double-event at Senate House, University of London.

Prison Fictions and Human Rights project wins Gold Award

Posted on Friday 3 May 2013

Michelle Kelly, Claire Westall and a group of students from the Department of English and Related Literature have been given a Vice-Chancellor's Outstanding Achievement Award for their groundbreaking Prison Fictions and Human Rights project.

F R Leavis Studentships for MA study

Posted on Friday 3 May 2013

We are delighted to announce the creation of two new studentships for MA study commencing in 2013.

Writer in Residence Summer 2013: Gillian Slovo

Posted on Thursday 2 May 2013

The John Tilney Writer in Residence in the Department this term is the distinguished and versatile South African born writer Gillian Slovo.

Jack Thacker wins Renaissance prize

Posted on Monday 4 March 2013

Third year undergraduate student Jack Thacker has been awarded the Department's Renaissance Prize for his paper at the Third Year Undergraduate Conference in the Renaissance.

Professor Helen Fulton on the new A-level English curriculum

Posted on Friday 1 March 2013

Professor Helen Fulton, Head of the Department of English and Related Literature, gave a short talk at the Westminster Education Forum in London on 26 February

Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow offers support

Posted on Monday 24 September 2012

The Department is pleased to welcome Paul Mills as Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow for 2012-13.

York undergraduate wins University of Lausanne prize

Posted on Tuesday 14 August 2012

Jon Wilcox, a third-year undergraduate in the Department of English and Related Literature, has been awarded a prestigious prize from the University of Lausanne in recognition of his exceptional results as a visiting student.

Wolfson Foundation continues support for York students

Posted on Wednesday 8 August 2012

The Department of English and Related Literature will be part of a competition for three fully-funded places for postgraduate research commencing in autumn 2013.

York top 7 in UK for English Language and Literature

Posted on Monday 9 July 2012

The University of York has been awarded a top 7 UK ranking and a top 27 world ranking in English Language and Literature.

Higher York Volunteering Award for research student

Posted on Wednesday 16 May 2012

York student Ahmed Khaleel was presented with a Higher York Award for Student Volunteering, at a ceremony on 8 May at which his wife Noor also received an award.

York student wins publishing prize as 'Next Great Novelist'

Posted on Wednesday 9 May 2012

York student Sophie Coulombeau beat strong competition from other talented authors under the age of 30 to win Route’s Next Great Novelist Award.

Recent York graduate wins prestigious Ertegun scholarship

Posted on Wednesday 9 May 2012

Laura Hulley, who graduated from York with a starred first in 2010, has been selected as one of the inaugural cohort of Ertegun Scholars for postgraduate study at Oxford.

York professors launch 'The Cambridge History of South African Literature'

Posted on Monday 26 March 2012

The African branch of Cambridge University Press hosted two highly successful launches of 'The Cambridge History of South African Literature' recently.

Writer in Residence Summer 2012: Kamila Shamsie

Posted on Monday 26 March 2012

This summer term 2012 the John Tilney Writer in Residence in the Department of English will be Kamila Shamsie, an English-language Pakistani novelist.

Multi-million funding for centre for medieval European literature

Posted on Wednesday 23 November 2011

A proposed new centre for the study of medieval European literature based in York and Odense is set to become a reality thanks to an award of nearly £4.5 million funding from the Danish National Research Foundation.

York student wins Student Radio Award

Posted on Monday 21 November 2011

A play broadcast by University Radio York (URY) and written by second year English Department student Tess Humphrey recently won a Student Radio Award.

England's Immigrants, 1330-1550

Posted on Wednesday 9 November 2011

Professor Mark Ormrod (History), with Dr Craig Taylor (History) and Dr Nicola McDonald (English), have been awarded £784, 545, by the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a major new project to explore immigration to England in the period 1330-1550.

York academic is a Radio 3 New Generation Thinker

Posted on Wednesday 29 June 2011

University of York lecturer, Dr Zoe Norridge, has been named as one of 10 winners of the BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) inaugural New Generation Thinkers Scheme.

Prestigious prizes for recent monographs

Posted on Thursday 20 January 2011

The Department is pleased to congratulate Ziad Elmarsafy and Kevin Killeen who have won prestigious prizes for their recent monographs.

AHRC grant awarded for Conversion narratives in Early Modern Europe

Posted on Thursday 20 January 2011

Helen Smith (English) and Simon Ditchfield (History) have just been awarded £457,645 to direct the three-year project: Conversion narratives in Early Modern Europe: a cross-confessional and comparative study, 1550-1700.

Prison Writings wins award

Posted on Thursday 20 January 2011

Prison Writings in Early Modern England, a special issue of the Huntington Library Quarterly edited by Professors Bill Sherman (English) and Bill Sheils (History), received the 2009 Voyager Award at this year's MLA convention in Philadelphia.

Humanities Research Centre Doctoral Fellowship competition, 2010

Posted on Thursday 20 January 2011

We are delighted to announce that five Doctoral Fellowships have been awarded by the Humanities Research Centre.