Surrey English Blog

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

Evolutionary Theory and the Humanities

In a recent post on the Edinburgh University Press Blog, Dr. Donna McCormack discusses the relationship between evolutionary theory and the Humanities, specifically what feminist, queer and postcolonial thinking brings to analyses of the so-called hard science of evolutionary biology. Evolutionary theory is a contentious issue, with even its own scientific veracity being denied. It […]


Should an emoji be the Word of the Year?

As Oxford Dictionaries names an emoji as its 2015 Word of the Year, Professor Diane Watt explores what this means for the English language and highlights the positive impact of another of the shortlisted words.   According to Oxford Dictionaries’ annual survey of Britain’s changing language, the ‘tears of joy’ emoji was crowned Word of […]


The Future of Monster Studies

A residue of Halloween lingers as the Monster Network circulates its most recent news that 2016 will include its first international conference. Halloween brings to the fore the repetitive return to our daily lives of the monstrous, the deadly, the horrific and the downright comic. Such festivities cross national boundaries, build on distinct and yet […]


Medical Humanities Collaborations

I recently joined the School of English and Languages at the University of Surrey after holding a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK) at the University of Bergen, Norway. My research activities in Bergen included a focus on establishing a foundation for the medical humanities both at SKOK and more […]


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 …

Website: http://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/shakespeare/
Episode entry: http://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/shakespeare/2013/10/11/michael-egan/
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/shakespeare-contemporary-theory/id583690701

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.

Website: http://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/shakespeare/
Episode entry: http://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/shakespeare/2013/10/02/ros-king/
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/shakespeare-contemporary-theory/id583690701

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