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

Outstanding Degrees: English & Creative Writing at the University of Surrey

The Times/Sunday Times University Guide was released last week and saw the University of Surrey gaining the accolade of ‘University of the Year’ and 8th place overall. English and Creative Writing have followed this upward trend with English moving into the top quartile (23rd) and Creative Writing in the top 10 (7th). Great scores in […]

Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory #18: Michael Egan

Was Shakespeare really William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon, or was he, in fact, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford?

Neema interviews Professor Michael Egan, editor of The Oxfordian, about this question to help you make up your own mind …

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Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory #17: Ros King

Neema interviews Professor Ros King about the perceived dichotomy between presentism and historicism, the importance of dramaturgy, Elizabethan war manuals, ways of playing Ophelia in Hamlet, why the Scrivener is the most important character in Richard III and more.

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Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory #16: Alison Assiter

Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory is back after its summer break.

This week Neema is pleased to welcome the feminist philosopher Professor Alison Assiter and talks to her about many different topics including feminism, universalism, cultural relativism, Kierkegaard, and women in academia

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Ten of the Best Private Eye Movies Ever Made

Bran Nicol, The Private Eye: Detectives in the Movies (Reaktion Books, 2013)

Thanks to countless portrayals over the years, the private investigator
is one of the most familiar characters in cinema. Think of Humphrey Bogart
looking out quizzically from under his fedora in The Maltese Falcon and The
Big Sleep
, Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, ‘branded’ by having his nose
unceremoniously sliced by a hood (played with relish by director Roman
Polanski), or Mickey Rourke in Angel Heart, finally able to look himself
in the mirror, and terrified by what he sees: ‘I know who I am!’

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