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Medieval English Research Seminar
Hilary Term 2022

Convenor: Daniel Wakelin 
Tuesdays at 11.30am   
Lecture Theatre 2, Faculty of English, St Cross Building, Manor Road

WEEK 1: Tuesday 18 January

Glenn Cahilly-Bretzin (Lincoln College) ‘Flickers of past practice: The poetic lexicon of cremation in Old English’; and Tom Revell (Balliol College), ‘The composition of Old English hagiographic verse: the Old English Metrical Calendar (Menologium) as micro-library’

WEEK 2: Tuesday 25 January 

Francis Leneghan (St Cross College) ‘Beowulf and the hunt’

WEEK 3: Tuesday 1 February

Llewelyn Hopwood (Corpus Christi College) ‘“Sounding different” in medieval Wales according to its poets’; and Micah Mackay (Balliol College), ‘Song and space: movement, navigation, and the fifteenth-century English carol’

WEEK 4: Tuesday 8 February

Katarzyna Anna Kapitan (Linacre College) ‘Collecting and annotating Old Norse texts: on the library of Thormodus Torfæus’

WEEK 5: Tuesday 15 February

Michael Kuczynski (Tulane University) The true portrait of Christ: origins and afterlife of a medieval forgery’

WEEK 6: Tuesday 22 February

Peter Buchanan (Lady Margaret Hall), ‘Light metaphysics and contingent poetics in Chaucer’s House of Fame’; and Pamela Kask (Mansfield College), ‘The mythology of trauma in Chaucer’s Anelida and Arcite

WEEK 7: Tuesday 1 March

Jane Griffiths (Wadham College), ‘This word in Latyn: late-medieval religious macaronic lyric’

WEEK 8: Tuesday 8 March

Paul Acker (St Louis University), ‘Dragons in Old English’


For further information, contact

23 November 2021 – 5pm

The Evolution of Medieval Icelandic Dragons

Paul Acker, University of St Louis

History of the Book Room, Faculty of English, St Cross Building.

 Early Modern English Literature Seminar & Special Lectures   

Michaelmas Term 2021 

Tuesdays weeks 1,3, 4 and 7, at 5.15-7.15pm BST
T. S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton College 
9 November: Lecture Theatre 2, English Faculty

Adoration of the Magi painting


12 October  

Elizabeth Scott-Baumann (Kings, London)
‘The Sex of Style: Women, Poetry and Criticism in the Seventeenth Century’  

26 October  

Ramie Targoff (Brandeis University) 
‘Forging Women’s Networks in Lanyer’s Salve Deus’ 

4 November  

Special lecture: Stephen Greenblatt  (Harvard) 
‘The Master’s Books’ 

This event requires registration

9 November  

Wells Shakespeare Lectures: Bill Sherman (Warburg) Lecture Theatre 2 
‘Decoding Shakespeare’, Lecture I: ‘How to Make Anything Signify Anything’ 

23 November

Reading & Discussion Group 
Extracts from Melissa Sanchez Queer Faith (NYU Press, 2019) 

Abstracts available at
Seminars will be in the T. S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton. Lectures on Nov 4 and Nov 9 will be in Lecture Theatre 2, English Faculty. 

Any pre-circulated reading will be made available via the CEMS email. 
Organisers: Emma Smith, Katie Murphy, Joe Moshenska, Lorna Hutson 

Eighteenth-Century Literature & Culture Research Seminar
Hilary Term 2022

Week 2: Tuesday, 25 January, 5.30–7pm

Anne Thell (National University of Singapore)
'Art and Evanescence in Anson's Voyage Round the World (1748)'

Week 6: Tuesday, 22 February, 12.30–2pm

'Talking Things: Introducing Research with Eighteenth-Century Objects'
Flash talks by Helen Dallas, Katie Noble, Nicole Pohl, Lucy Powell, Madeleine Saidenberg, Ben Wilkinson-Turnball, Abigail Williams, Xiaofan Wu.
Respondent: Jim Harris (Ashmolean Museum)

Week 8: Tuesday, 8 March, 5.30–7pm

Kate Ozment (Cal Poly Pomona)
'The Marks of Character: Commodification of Difference in Eighteenth-Century British Print'

Weeks 2 & 6: Joseph Hotung Auditorium, Mansfield College, Oxford (accessible via wheelchair). Please wear a face covering. Week 8: Zoom (Sign-up instructions on Twitter @EngFac18thC)

Seminar Leaders: Ros Ballaster, Christine Gerrard, Katie Noble, Nicole Pohl, David Taylor, Ben Wilkinson-Turnball, Abby Williams.


Papers, music manuscripts and recorder with yellow wash

Romantic Research Seminar

Hilary Term 2022

Convenors: Fiona Stafford and Seamus Perry
When: Tuesdays
5.30pm (weeks 1, 3, 5)
12.15pm (week 7, incl. lunch)    
Venue: Massey Room, Balliol College


WEEK 1: Tuesday 18 January 

Matthew Ward (University of Birmingham)
‘Keats’s Melodious Chuckle’

WEEK 3: Tuesday 1 February 

Erin Lafford (University of Oxford)
‘Careless John Clare’

WEEK 5: Tuesday 15 February

Nicholas Roe (University of St Andrews)
‘John Keats and the London Cavalry’

WEEK 7: Tuesday 1 March

Helen Dallas (Trinity College, University of Oxford)
‘Personation: Character, Actor and Performance on the Romantic Stage’


Nineteenth Century Research Seminar Series

Michaelmas Term 2021

These seminar will take place online. The Zoom link will be circulated the week prior. Please email Harry Daniels ( or Lauren Cullen ( to be added to the mailing list

Week 2 - Monday 18 October 2021, 13.00-14.00

Wendy Xin, Oxford, "The Secret Lives of Plot."

Week 4 - Monday 1 November 2021, 13.00-14.00

Josie Billington, Liverpool, "'Heart that's sure of heart has little speech. / What shall it tell?' The sonnet and heart-speech: intimacy and separation, silence and song in Augusta Webster's Mother and Daughter'."

Week 6 - Monday 15 November 2021, 13.00-14.00

Jim Mussell, Leeds, ‘Dead Secrets: Collins, Content, and Cultural Techniques in Victorian Print Culture.’

Week 8 - Monday 29 November 2021, 17:00-19.00

Toril Moi, Duke, ‘The Question of the New: Thinking about Emergence of Modernism with Wittgenstein, Kuhn, and Cavell.’

This is a joint event with the Modern & Contemporary Seminar. 


Modern and Contemporary Literature Research Seminar Series

Michaelmas Term 2021

All seminars this term will take place online via Zoom, and the times will be: Weeks 2, 5, 6 on Wednesday 5:30-7:15pm, Week 8 on Monday, 5-7pm.

To access the Zoom link, please email the seminar convenors: George Potts and Santanu Das.

The full programme is:

Week 2 (Wednesday 20 October), 5:30-7:15pm

Laura Marcus and Twentieth-Century Literary Studies 

Week 5 (Wednesday 10 November), 5:30-7:15pm

‘The Prosthetic Imagination’

Professor Peter Boxall (University of Sussex), with a response by Professor Ankhi Mukherjee (Oxford) 

Week 6 (Wednesday 17 November), 5:30-7:15pm

Virginia Woolf, A Roundtable 

Dr Emily Kopley (McGill University) and Dr Merve Emre (Oxford), chaired by Professor Gillian Beer (University of Cambridge) 

Week 8 (Monday 29 November): 5-7pm 

(Shared with the Nineteenth Century Research Seminar)

‘The Question of the New: Thinking about Emergence of Modernism with Wittgenstein, Kuhn, and Cavell’

Professor Toril Moi (Duke University) 

Postcolonial Writing and Theory Seminar

Hilary Term 2022

Venue: Online, with the kind help of TORCH. See the links below each talk title.

Date and Time: Tuesdays – weeks 1, 5 and 8 at 5:00 pm.

Convenors: Elleke Boehmer (Wolfson, Oxford); Ankhi Mukherjee (Wadham, Oxford) 

Tuesday 18 January (week 1)

‘Imagining Manila’

Tom Sykes (Portsmouth) in conversation with Ann Ang (Oxford) about his book Imagining Manila (Bloomsbury) and Filipino world literature.

Register in advance for this webinar:

Tuesday 15 February (week 5) 

Postcolonial Criticism today--the state of the art

An international panel discussion with: Elleke Boehmer, Ankhi Mukherjee, Rob Nixon (Princeton), Ato Quayson (Stanford), Poulomi Saha (Berkeley), Jennifer Wenzel (Columbia), and Robert Young (NYU).

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Tuesday 8 March (week 8)

‘Forms of Enclosure: Tsitsi Dangarembga and Kojo Laing'.

Penny Cartwright (Queen’s College)

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The aim of the seminar is to foster a dynamic and interdisciplinary postcolonial research culture supportive of individual scholarship. Finalists, M.St. and D.Phil. students, lecturers, fellows, scholars from across the university community – all are welcome.

If you’d like to appear on the seminar mailing list, please email OR

American Literature Research Seminar

Hilary Term 2022


17 January 17:00

Play is the thing: affect and affordances in Alice, William, and Henry James
Jane Thrailkill (UNC Chapel Hill)

31 January 17:00
Rothermere American Institute, 1a South Parks Road, OX1 3UB

Daring Love: Ivan Turgenev and Henry James
Michael Jonik (Sussex)

14 February 17:00 
Rothermere American Institute, 1a South Parks Road, OX1 3UB

The Ghost as Pedagogue
David Hering (Liverpool)


Please note that some seminars will be held online and some in person at the Rothermere American Institute. To receive Zoom links and pre-circulated readings, please join the ALRS mailing list by sending a blank email to: