AHRC Collaborative Training Grant

Wednesday 12 December 2012
Cynthia Johnston, a PhD student in the Institute of English Studies has been awarded an AHRC Student-led Collaborative Skills Development project. The aim of the twelve-month project is to stage an exhibition of ten manuscripts and early printed books from the R.E Hart Collection of the Blackburn Museum in Lancashire at the Senate House Library. The project will enable Cynthia and her co-organizers, Tony Harris of Cambridge University and Sarah J.

Registration open for Jane Austen's Men: 16 Feb 2013

Wednesday 28 November 2012
Registration is now open for the Jane Austen's Men conference on Saturday 16 February 2013. For further information and to book your place, please visit:

Dr Van Mierlo elected as Trustee of International James Joyce Foundation

Tuesday 27 November 2012
The Institute of English Studies is delighted to congratulate Dr Wim Van Mierlo  who has been elected a Trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation (IJJF).  Founded in 1967, the purpose of the IJJF is to encourage scholarship, criticism, and study in regard to the life, work, and career of James Joyce, a preeminent figure in modern literature.  The honour reflects the high esteem with which Dr Van Mierlo is held by the international Joyce Studies community as a scholar, teacher and facilitator.

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.