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Medieval English Research Seminar
Michaelmas Term 2021


Wednesdays at 5.15

Lecture Theatre 2, Faculty of English, Oxford

Anybody interested is welcome to attend.

Week 1, Wednesday 13 October

Sebastian Sobecki (Groningen), ‘Hoccleve's Community of Practice: Clerks, Scripts, and London Literature’

Week 2, Wednesday 20 October

Laura Saetveit Miles (Bergen), ‘Richard Methley’s “new Manner of Writing – to the Moment”: Narrative Time and Mystical Theology in Late Fifteenth-Century England’

Week 3, Wednesday 27 October

Kathleen Kennedy (Bristol), ‘On Killdeer and Codicology: The Provenance of the Corpus Troilus

Week 4, Wednesday 3 November

Ciaran Arthur (NUI Galway), ‘Ideas on Language and Biblical Heritage in Early Medieval Insular Thought’

Week 5, Wednesday 10 November

Sarah McNamer (Georgetown), ‘A New Setting for the Pearl Poet’

Week 6, Wednesday 17 November

Colleen Curran (CLASP, Oxford), ‘The Manuscripts of Alcuin’s Carmina’, and Patricia O’Connor (CLASP, Oxford), ‘Drawing the Reader’s Attention: Dryhthelm’s Vision of the Otherworld and the Archangel St Michael in CCCC, MS 41’

Week 7, Wednesday 24 November

Carl Kears (King’s College, London), ‘MS Junius 11: A Poetic Manuscript’

Week 8, Wednesday 1 December

Rachel Burns (CLASP, Oxford), ‘Psalms and Psychogeography in the Old English Solomon and Saturn’, and Anthony Harris (CLASP, Oxford), ‘Science and Literature – a Marriage of Ideas: “The Sun in the South” Revisited’


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Details to follow.

 Early Modern English Literature Seminar & Special Lectures   

Michaelmas Term 2021 

Tuesdays weeks 1,3, and 7, at 5.15-7.15pm BST
T. S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton College 
4 & 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) Lecture Theatre 2 
‘The Master’s Books’ 

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
Michaelmas Term 2021

Week 2: Tuesday, 19 October, 1 – 2pm


Introductions from all interested researchers at Oxford University in Restoration and 18th-century literature.

Week 4: Tuesday, 2 November, 5.30 – 7pm

HANNAH MURRAY (University of Liverpool) 

'Charles Brockden Brown's Gothic Citizens'

Week 6: Tuesday, 16 November, 5.30 – 7pm

DAVID O'SHAUGHNESSY (National University of Ireland, Galway) 

'Accounting for Taste: The Business of Georgian Theatre'


Twitter @EngFac18thC.

All meetings are in person in Seminar Room East, Mansfield College (accessible via wheelchair).

Seminar leaders: Ros Ballaster, Christine Gerrard, Katie Noble, Nicole Pohl, David Taylor, Ben Wilkinson-Turnbull, Abby Williams


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Romantic Research Seminar

Michaelmas Term 2021

TUESDAYS of weeks 1, 3 and 5 at 5.30 p.m. in the MASSEY ROOM, BALLIOL COLLEGE. Week 7 will be in the same location but at 12.15 (with a sandwich lunch provided).

Week I  (12 October)

Professor Freya Johnston (St Anne’s)
“Hazlitt and Prejudice”

Week III (26 October)

Professor Fiona Stafford (Somerville)
“Cowper’s Hares and Heirs”

Week V (9 November) 

Dr Anna Mercer (Cardiff University)
“Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley as Collaborators”

Week VII (23 November) – 12.15 pm

Helen Dallas (Trinity)
“Personation: Character, Actor, and Performance on the Romantic Stage”

Zachary Garber (Merton)
“Tyranny, Liberty, Resistance, and Regicide: Political Assassination in John Galt's The Spaewife”


Convenors: Fiona Stafford and Seamus Perry

Nineteenth Century Research Seminar Series

Michaelmas Term 2021

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, [Title TBC].

Seminars will take place in the Massey Room, Balliol College.

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.

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

Michaelmas Term 2021

Venue: All three seminars will take place on Zoom, hosted by TORCH.

Date and Time: Tuesday – weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 at 5:00 pm.

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

Tuesday 19 October (week 2)

Filippo Menozzi (Liverpool John Moores)
‘The politics of extinction in Henrietta Rose-Innes's Green Lion 

Tuesday 2 November (week 4)

Chelsea Haith (Wolfson) 
'Acts of Resistance: Writing Reproductive Dystopia.' 
Sarah Waltcher (St Hilda’s) 
‘States of exception and narrative humanity in detention narratives: Dave Eggers' Zeitoun (2009) and Mohamedou Ould Slahi's Guantánamo Diary (2015, 2017).

Tuesday 16 November (week 6)

Dorothée Boulanger (MML, Oxford)
‘Unmasking Violence, Writing Nostalgia: Revisiting the Socialist Period in Angolan Art and Literature’

Tuesday 30 November (week 8)

Details TBC


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