Lectures and Readings
The Institute runs an extensive annual programme of lectures and readings on a wide range of subjects, both general and specialised, within the broad area of English studies.
- Professor Mirella Ferrari (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan): "From Milan to Europe: the transmission and diffusion of the works of St Ambrose": 6.00pm: Thursday 2 May 2013. John Coffin Memorial Palaeography Lecture
- Professor Emeritus Cormac Ó Gráda (University College Dublin): " 'She didn't Let them In?' Irish Immigration a Century Ago and Today": 6.00pm: Thursday 9 May 2013. John Coffin Memorial Irish Studies Lecture
- BRITISH ACADEMY LITERATURE WEEK: 20-24 May 2013: various venues.
The third British Academy Literature Week will be a feast of free public events across London, including an exclusive Shakespeare evening at the Globe Theatre, featuring James Shapiro and Jonathan Bate; lectures by Richard Parish and Hugh Haughton on imitations of Christ in 17th Century French literature and on modern British poets and rivers; poetry readings by Alice Oswald and Anne Stevenson, a special event on W.B.Yeats at the Irish Embassy, and an exhibition by the paper sculptor Justin Rowe celebrating the art of books. Professor Sir Adam Robert, the British Academy President, said: “The UK has a rich history of cultural creativity, particularly in the field of literature. The British Academy biennial Literature Week pays homage to some of the most influential writers and academics as they journey through a variety of novels, poetry and plays which all explore the ‘what why, and how’ of life unfolds around us. This year's Literature Week offers a brilliant and varied choice of topics and free events at a selection of venues across the capital. We hope you can once again, enjoy this celebration of literature with the British Academy.” The British Academy Literature Week is jointly organised with the Institute of English Studies at the University of London and the Royal Society of Literature. Each evening event ends with a drinks reception at around 7.30pm. All the events are free. Booking is required for all events and exhibition viewings. Further information can be found on the website at www.britac.ac.uk/literatureweek.
- Professor Martin Mueller (Professor emeritus of English and Classics, Northwestern University, Illinois): ' "Shakespeare His Contemporaries": Exploring Early Modern Drama in a Digital Environment': 6.00pm: Tuesday 2 July 2013. Hilda Hulme Memorial Lecture
Recent past lectures:
- John Coffin Memorial Lecture in the History of the Book: "Writers' Libraries and the Extended Mind" by Dirk Van Hulle: 15 March 2013
- Inaugural Arden Shakespeare Lecture, by René Weis: 5 December 2012: PODCAST
- Annual Wordsworth Lecture, by Seamus Perry: 29 November 2012: PODCAST
- John Coffin Memorial Lecture. by Jane Landman: 23 November 2012: PODCAST
- John Coffin Memorial Irish Studies Lecture, by Declan Kiberd: 17 May 2012: PODCAST
- Hilda Hulme Memorial Lecture, by James Shapiro: 23 April 2012: PODCAST
- John Coffin Memorial Annual Palaeography Lecture, by Jennifer O'Reilly: 15 March 2012
- "Modernity Revisited", by Jacques Rancière: 9 March 2012: PODCAST
- John Coffin Memorial Lecture, by Amit Chaudhuri, read by Elleke Boehmer: 21 October 2011: PODCAST
- John Coffin Memorial Lecture, by Richard Holmes: 27 October 2011: PODCAST
- Charles Holden Lecture, by Christopher Pressler: 18 October 2011: PODCAST