George Eliot "Romola" postponed until Spring 2013

Tuesday 6 November 2012
The George Eliot Conference on "Romola" has been postponed until Spring 2013. The new date of the conference is to be confirmed. For further information, see: .

Dickens Day 2012: Blog

Tuesday 23 October 2012
The topic for Dickens Day 2012 was “Dickens and popular culture”, which invited a diverse range of responses to Dickens’s popularity both then and now. The programme considered Dicken's role in popular culture from his own age to ours. The day was divided into two, with morning sessions looking at Dickens ‘Then’ (i.e. – the nineteenth century) and the afternoon at ‘Now’.

The Byron Society Lecture: 'Byron and the Age of Sensation', by Jonathan Bate

Tuesday 16 October 2012
Thursday 8 November 2012 6.00pm: The Beveridge Hall, Senate House, University of London Chair: William St Clair (Institute of English Studies) Image used with the permission of John Murray. This lecture will take a new look at the old question of how Byron embodied the spirit of his age. It will propose that 'the age of Romanticism' might better be thought of as 'the age of Sensation'.  Key players in the argument, aside of course from Byron himself, will be Francis Jeffrey, William Hazlitt and, perhaps more surprisingly, Jane Austen.

Bloomsbury Festival 2012 Programme: New name for Literary Cabaret line-up

Thursday 27 September 2012
The Institute of English Studies is delighted to present a mini-book festival within the Bloomsbury Festival 2012, with a series of events in Senate House on the theme of publishing and being published.  All events will take place on the afternoon and evening of Saturday 20 October. All events are free to attend.  To book a place please click on the titles of the events below to get to the Festival website, and then follow the booking instructions online.  Bloomsbury Festival 2012 Institute of English Studies Events 11.00am-12.00

27th September 2012: Access to Senate House

Wednesday 26 September 2012
Please note that access into Senate House on Thursday 27th will be restricted after 5.00pm because of a corporate event taking place elsewhere in the building.   If you are arriving after that time for our evening launch of the new critical edition please arrive via the Russell Square/eastern side of the building.  There will be no access into the building via the Malet Street/western side.

British Academy President's Medal

Thursday 19 July 2012
The British Academy has announced the award of its President’s Medal 2012 to Professor Warwick Gould FRSL, FEA, FRSA. The President’s Medals reward “signal service to the cause of the humanities and social sciences” and, in his case the Medal, “seeks to recognise [his] contribution to the outstanding work at the Institute of English Studies”, School of Advanced Study, University of London. The medal was announced to Fellows of the Academy at their AGM on 19 July, and will be presented at a ceremony in the Academy in November.

National Poetry Competition call for entries

Monday 18 June 2012
The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests. The judges this year are Vicki Feaver, W.N. Herbert and Nick Laird. The prizes are: £5,000 for the overall winner, £2,000 for the second, £1,000 for the third. The deadline is 31 October. Enter online or download an entry form at

Middleton and Shakespeare

Friday 8 June 2012
This week's edition of the TLS features a letter from Professor Sir Brian Vickers writing in response to Maguire and Smith, in the issue dated 8 June 2012.  Read Sir Brian's response [pdf, 128kb] Macbeth Not Adapted by Middleton

Professor Robert Patten: Dickens and "Boz"

Thursday 24 May 2012
Professor Robert Patten's new book Charles Dickens and "Boz": The Birth of the Industrial-Age Author has recently been published by Cambridge University Press. Copies are available to order online from the Cambridge University Press website .