Research Seminars

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Medieval English Research Seminar
Trinity Term 2021

All seminars are on Wednesdays, 4.30 UK time.

Meetings will take place on TEAMS. Please contact if you need the link.

Week 1 (4.30, Wednesday 28 April 2021)

  • Misty Schieberle (University of Kansas), ‘Rewriting Christine de Pizan: Hoccleve, Misogyny, and Manuscript Evidence’

Week 2 (4.30, Wednesday 5 May 2021)

  • Eric Weiskott (Boston University), ‘William Langland’s Apophatic Poetics’

Week 3 (4.30, Wednesday 12 May 2021)

  • Paul Schaffner (Editor, The Middle English Dictionary, University of Michigan), ‘Quidels and Crotels and “glosing tails”: Attractions and Distractions of Middle English Lexicography’

Week 4 (4.30, Wednesday 19 May 2021)

  • Tamara Atkin (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘Error in the Printing House: Sixteenth-Century Scribes, Compositors, and Correctors’

Week 5 (4.30, Wednesday 26 May 2021)

  • Gareth Evans, Siân Grønlie and Carolyne Larrington (University of Oxford), ‘Old Norse: Eastern Fanfic; Tears and Time’

Week 6 (4.30, Wednesday 2 June 2021)

  • Mishtooni Bose and Annie Sutherland (University of Oxford), ‘The Flight of the Spiritual Director from the House of Fame’

Details to follow.

 Early Modern English Literature Seminar 

Trinity Term 2021 

Tuesdays weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7 at 5.157.15pm 


The Madagascar Portrait of Thomas Howard and his wife Aletheia Talbot, 1635

27 April 

Lauren Working (Exeter, Oxford) 

‘ “Not as a poet, but a pioneer”: Fancy and the Colonial Gaze in William Davenant’s Madagascar (1638)’ 

11 May

Kimberley Coles (Maryland), Dennis Britton (University of New Hampshire), Hannah Crawforth (King’s College, London), Jyotsna Singh (Michigan State University)

‘Teaching Early Modern Literature and Race: A Roundtable’ 

25 May

Will West (Northwestern University) 

‘Distracted Globes, Attentive Spirits, Thronged Doors: The Playhouse as a Form of Thought’ 

8 June

End-of-year Reading & Discussion Group 

‘On Being Attached’ from Rita Felski, Hooked: Reflections on Art and Attachment (2020)


Abstracts available at

Seminars will be hosted on Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent out with the weekly CEMS email. Unless otherwise stated, seminars are open to all.  


Eighteenth-Century Literature & Culture Research Seminar
Trinity Term 2021

All seminars on Zoom. Weeks 4 and 6 are open to the public. Weeks 2 and 8 are Oxford members only. All sign up information through Twitter @EngFac18thC.

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Week 2: Tuesday 4 May, 12.30-2pm

Faculty of English, University of Oxford: Zachary Garber ‘Mock Histories: Chronicle Fictions of the Mid-Eighteenth Century’ and Jemima Hubberstey, ‘ "It baffles all arrogant pretences to learning": The Mithraic Altar at Wrest Park' 

Week 4, Tuesday 18 May, 5.30-7pm

Professor Ashley Cohen, Assistant Professor of English at University of Southern California, ‘Slavery and Freedom in the Two Indies’

Week 6: Tuesday 1 June, 5.30-7pm

Dr James Harriman-Smith, Faculty  of English, Newcastle University, ‘Easy Transitions and Amazing Transitions: Garrick, Hume, and Dramatic Character’

Week 8: Tuesday 15 June, 5.30-7pm

Dr Ruth Scobie, Faculty of English and Mansfield College, University of Oxford, ‘ “Drawn in the darkest colour”’: Whiteness, women, and fictional celebrity, 1780-1806’


SEMINAR LEADERS: Ros Ballaster, Ellen Brewster, Christine Gerrard, Katie Noble, Nicole Pohl, David Taylor,  Ben Wilkinson-Turnbull,  Abigail Williams.

Romantic Research Seminar

Trinity Term 2021

Convenors: Fiona Stafford and Seamus Perry

Tuesdays at 5.30

The seminar will run on Microsoft Teams this term. If you are not already on the invitation list and would like to attend a seminar please contact and we will add you to the list.

WEEK I (27 April), 5.30 p.m.

Professor Nick Groom (University of Macau)

How many vampires are there in Dr John Polidori’s tale “The Vampyre”?

[1819 edition available at:]

WEEK III (11 May), 5.30 p.m.

Professor Kathryn Sutherland (University of Oxford, St Anne’s College)

How Jane Austen Reinvented the Novel

WEEK V (25 May), 5.30 p.m.

Professor Nicola Watson (Open University)

(Im)materialising Romanticism: Reflecting on REVE (Romantic Europe: The Virtual Exhibition)

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Week VII (8 June), 5.30 p.m.

Poems, on Various Subjects

In lieu of an end-of-term party, we thought we’d try something a bit different. You are all invited to bring along a poem from the period to read out and to say just a sentence about why you chose it. All very informal—and please don’t feel confined to the classics. Poems shouldn’t be more than twenty or thirty lines and can be shorter, and you can read out an extract if you like.

Nineteenth Century Research Seminar Series

Trinity Term 2021

The Nineteenth Century Research Seminar will run entirely online this term with seminars meeting on Monday of weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 via Zoom. The  link to attend, along with further details, is circulated via email each week. If you would like to join us, please contact or

Talks will last around thirty minutes and will be followed by another thirty minutes (or thereabouts) for questions and discussion. 

Week 2, Tuesday 4 May 2021 

Natalie Prizel, Princeton, "Pre-Raphaelite in Black: Simeon Solomon's Racial Intimacies."

Week 4, Monday 17 May 2021

Andrew H. Miller, Johns Hopkins, "Problems with Unled Lives."

Week 6, Tuesday 1 June 2021

Brigitte Fielder, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Signifyin(g) Monkeys: Race, Childhood, and Kinship in Paul Du Chaillu’s Stories of the Gorilla Country."

Week 8, Monday 14 June 2021

lare Gore, Trinity College, Cambridge, "'No special virtue, but a determined wilfulness': Power, Pleasure and a Woman's Place in the Writings of Margaret Oliphant."

Extra Interdisciplinary Event Co-Hosted with St John's Psychoanalytic Seminar:

Week 10, Monday 28 June 2021

Susan L. Sugarman, Princeton, "The Interpretation of Freud on Dreams."

Modern and Contemporary Literature Research Seminar Series

Trinity Term 2021

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7 pm (via Zoom)


Seminars are on Wednesdays and will take place online, via Zoom. Convenors: Professor Santanu Das, Professor Laura Marcus and Dr George Potts. Please contact Dr George Potts ( for the link to the meeting.

5 May (Week 2)

Literature and Philosophy, chaired by Kieran Brown (Hertford College)

George Mather (New College), ‘The Passion of Inexistence: Jacques Derrida, Alain Badiou, and Light Perpetual

Damian Maher (St. John’s College), ‘Iris Murdoch, Henry James and the Reality of Character’

Lillian Hingley (Hertford College), ‘An Unfaithful Way of Reading: Theodor Adorno’s Adaptation of Joyce’s Finnegans Wake

26 May (Week 5)

Literature and Late-Stage Capitalism, chaired by Simona Bartolotta (Mansfield College) 

Eleri Watson (Queens College), ‘”An orgasm of spending”: Sade’s radical pornography reimagined in E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy’

Sarah Waltcher (St Hilda’s College), ‘”Capitalism Ate My Sleep”: Insomnia, Identity, and Affective Labor in Sleep Science-Fiction’ 

Chelsea Haith (Wolfson College), ‘Speculative Finance & Speculative Fiction’ 

16 June (Week 8)

New Modernist Studies with Douglas Mao and others (details to be confirmed)


Please contact Dr George Potts ( if you have any queries or want the link to the Zoom meeting.

Postcolonial Writing and Theory Seminar

Trinity Term 2021

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

Date and Time: Tuesday – weeks 2, 3, and 6 at 5:00 pm.

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

Tuesday 4 May (week 2)

Lyndsey Stonebridge (Birmingham): “The Times of Rights and Writing”

Participants may like to read a chapter from Professor Stonebridge’s new book Writing and Righting: Literature in the Age of Human Rights (2020) in advance of the discussion.

Tuesday May 11 (week 3)

Doro Wiese (Dusseldorf; WIRL research fellow, IAS, University of Warwick): “Reading Indigeneity across Cultures and Epistemologies: Problems, Methods, Solutions”

Tuesday 1 June (week 6)

Tanya Agathocleous (Hunter College, CUNY): "The Form and Function of Disaffection"


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