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.

If you would like to attend any of these events please email IESEvents@sas.ac.uk or call +44(0)207 862 8675 to reserve a seat.


15 November 2016: 6.00pm - 8.00pm (Chancellor's Hall, Senate House)

The Wordsworth Trust Annual Lecture 2016: Professor Michael Rossington (Newcastle University): "Romantic Poetry and 'the Existing State of Things'". Attendance FREE but registration required at IESEvents@sas.ac.uk.


28 January 2017: 2.00pm - 6.00pm (Woburn Suite, Senate House)

The Virginia Woolf Society Birthday Lecture: Professor Susan Sellers (St Andrews University). Registration open.


Recent past lectures (with links to podcasts):

Hilda Hulme Memorial Lectures:

2014: Professor Dayton Haskin (Boston College): 'The Jesuits and English Literature - John Donne and Ignatian Spirituality' (available here as a PDF file)

2013: Professor Martin Mueller (Professor emeritus of English and Classics, Northwestern University Illinois): '"Shakespeare His Contemporaries": Exploring Early Modern Drama in a Digital Environment': 2 July 2013

2012: Professor James Shapiro (Columbia University): 'Unravelling Shakespeare's Life': 23 April 2014

2011: Professor Henry Woudhuysen (University College London): '"Ha-ha-ha. Hi-hi-hi. Ho-ho-ho. Ha-hi-ho": Representing sounds in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature': 2 June 2011

Texts of earlier Hulme lectures, and recordings/texts of John Coffin Memorial Lectures to be posted here shortly.