The postgraduate experience in the Department is, we believe, exceptional, enriched as it is by a whole range of events and activities, including not only regular departmental research seminars but also:
- a fortnightly work-in-progress group (led by the postgraduate director)
- the Early Modern Reading Group
- the Contemporary Gothic Reading Group
- the Landscape and Writing Group
- the Postcolonial/World Research Group
- the Lancaster Writing Programme Discussion Group
- the North West Literary Salon
Students run our online postgraduate journal, The Luminary, our new writing magazine Cake, and are encouraged to organise their own conferences related to shared research topics and themes: recent examples include Eating Otherwise, Locating Fantastika and Fictions of Corporeal Diversity: A Symposium on Literary Disability Studies.
Other activities that students participate in include: residential weeks (for example, the annual Wordsworth Centre Field Trip); tutorials and masterclasses with Distinguished Professors Terry Eagleton and Paul Muldoon; and open lectures given by visiting professors, who in recent years have included J. Hillis Miller (University of California, Irvine), Simon Critchley (The New School, New York) and Mieke Bal (University of Amsterdam).
All these activities feed into the Department’s more general research culture, which includes events organised by the Shakespeare Programme (e.g. the Northern Renaissance Seminar and the British Shakespeare Association’s 2012 conference), the Wordsworth Centre (now in formal association with Dove Cottage), the Ruskin Library and Research Centre (founded on the world’s foremost collection of Ruskin materials), the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research, and the Lancaster Writing Programme.
In addition, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, a Thomson-listed journal, is co-edited out of the Department with a research student currently employed as the Managing Editor.
In 2013 we inaugurated the annual Toronto Bursaries which provide £1k to fund a visit to the Department of English at the University of Toronto to present a paper and meet with students and staff working in cognate areas of research. In 2015 bursaries were awarded to Benedetta Liorsi and Rachel White.