Surrey English Blog

The blog for English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Surrey

Blogging Victorian Literature and Culture

Showcasing blogs from my second year module: Undergraduates on my second year ‘Victorian Literature and Culture’ module have, over the past few years, been asked to submit a blog post as one of their assignments. It’s a type of assessment that gives students practice writing outside the parameters of the academic essay and helps students […]

Special Issue on the Monstrous

Dr. Donna McCormack (Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Surrey) speaks about the recent Special Issue of the journal Somatechnics that she edited with the steering committee of the Monster Network. The Monster Network has been busy doing collective work and is happy to announce the publication of a special issue of the […]

Looking Back at ‘Centennial Reflections on Women’s Suffrage and the Arts – Local, National, Transnational’

Three participants in the recent ‘Centennial Reflections on Women’s Suffrage and the Arts – Local, National, Transnational’ conference hosted at the University of Surrey reflect on the two day event. Amy Galvin-Elliott (University of Warwick) The sun was shining at the University of Surrey on Friday 29 June 2018 as we welcomed both a glorious day and […]

Monster Network Event: Strange Blood?

Strange Blood? Nordic Debates about Belonging and Otherness Dr. Donna McCormack, of the School of Literature and Languages, University of Surrey, tells of a weekend of monstrous activities in Copenhagen, funded by OPSTART, the Nordic Culture Fund. The Monster Network organised an artistic performance and panel discussion which included the visual artist Trine Mee Sook […]

Poldark: From Paper to Reality

Final Year Undergraduate Student Jessica Danielle Shenika Madanayake speaks about Comic Con and her dissertation on Poldark. As a third year student doing English Literature with Creative Writing, I found that doing my dissertation on something that I was passionate about opened up possibilities that I could never have imagined. Whilst I only wrote the […]

Lost in the Garden of Perfect Brightness: My Creative Writing PhD Fieldtrip to Beijing, China

Current PhD Creative Writing student Melissa Addey writes about her recent research trip to China. I should have known there would be trouble ahead when I watched a documentary with my husband about Beijing. The camera panned across the cityscape and I recoiled. “It’s so ugly,” I wailed. My husband laughed. “You’ve got 18th century […]

The Graduate Returns

School of English and Languages graduate Ellie Kerr-Smiley will return to chair a panel at the upcoming Surrey New Writers Festival on 6 May 2017.  In this blog post, Ellie writes about her experiences at Surrey and her development as a creative writer.   When I first attended The Surrey New Writer’s Festival as a nineteen-year-old […]

Disability, Arts and Health Conference

Dr. Donna McCormack (Lecturer in English Literature) speaks about the recent conference she co-organised as the coordinator of the Nordic Network for Gender, Body, Health. This event was funded by the Nordic Culture Fund and the Bergen University Fund, and was organised in collaboration with the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research at the University of Bergen, Norway. […]

New kid on the block to leaders in the field: The School of English & Languages celebrates Number 1 National Student Survey results

I am absolutely delighted to see how well both English Literature and Spanish at the University of Surrey have performed in the 2016 National Student Survey. Both English Literature and Spanish have been awarded 100% for overall satisfaction in the most recent survey of final year undergraduate students, achieving number one rankings in their respective […]

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