News and Past Events


  • Archive of Britain's top screenwriter, Andrew Davies, is gifted to DMU.
  • Richard Whitney has been awarded an AHRC-funded doctoral training scholarship by the Midlands3cities consortium. His doctoral thesis, entitled 'Overcoming Distance in C20 America: The Humanistic Savant’s Literary Experience in the Work of H.D. (1886-1961) and Louise Rosenblatt (1904-2005)' is first-supervised by Andy Mousley (DMU) and second-supervised by Professor Martin Halliwell (The University of Leicester).   

  • Tim Fulford is a British Academy Senior Research Fellow, 2014-15. He is working on Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy.

  • The AGM of the European Society for Textual Scholarship will be hosted by the Centre for Textual Studies at De Montfort University, 19-21 November 2015.

Past News and Events:

  • Takako Kato organized a conference, Reading Copy-Specific Features: Producers, Readers and Owners of Incunabula, Conference at the Centre for Textual Studies, De Montfort University, on 30 June-1 July 2015.
  • Deborah Mutch organized a confenece, Making It New: Victorian and Modernist Literature and Periodicals 1875-1935, at De Montfort University on 28 February, 2015.
  • Bafta award-winning writer, Amanda Coe, was the keynote speaker for the Biopic Adaptations conference organised by Hila Shachar and Deborah Cartmell, at De Montfort University on 24 February, 2015. Amanda discussed her work for the BBC's upcoming drama, Life in Squares, based on the lives of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury set.
  • Gabriel Egan is the National Teaching Fellow2014. The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme recognises and rewards excellent learning and teaching and is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland (DELNI).
  • The English team has launched its own social media pages this year. Find us at @DMUEnglish on Twitter and DMUEnglish on Facebook. These pages will be used to share stories, news, events and the work being done at DMU; interact with students, offering help and advice and showing how English skills can be used; and create a community of English staff and students.
  • Joseph Phelan was a A. Bartlett Giamatti Visiting Fellow, The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 2014. Research for Volume 5 of the Longman Annotated English Poets 'Poems of Robert Browning' and Associated Projects .
  • Siobhan Keenan has been awarded British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, 2014. Research for The Twice Changed Friar, an edition of a seventeenth-century manuscript comedy.
  • Anna Blackwell has won the Adaptation essay prize, July 2013. The Adaptation Essay Prize is offered by the journal Adaptation (OUP) to encourage the best new scholarship in the field. The title of her essay is 'Adapting Coriolanus: Tom Hiddleston’s body and action cinema'. Entries to the prize were from all over the world and judged by leading scholars in Adaptation Studies, located in the US, Australia, Europe and the UK. The winning essay will be published in 2014 in Adaptation
  • 'Reforming Shakespeare: 1593 and After ' - 3 June 2014. The Centre for Adaptations and the Centre for Textual Studies held a one-day symposium on the kinds of alteration that have occurred to Shakespeare's writing as it has made its journey from author to readers and playgoers. Keynote speakers were Graham Holderness and Richard Wilson. See the programme.
  • Deborah Cartmell was a Visiting Professor at the University of Rome Tre (2013) and gave keynote lectures at 'Adaptations Unbounded' (Romania, November, 2013) and 'The Country House in Britain' (University of Newcastle, June 2014).
  • 'Robert Southey and the Lake Poets’ - 29-31 July 2013. A three-day conference organised by Tim Fulford in Keswick.
  • Deborah Mutch has given a keynote lecture at the Culture, Journals, and Working-Class Movements, 1820-1979 conference, the University of Salford, 16 May 2013.
  • Andy Mousley was a Visiting Lecturer, Aarhus University, Denmark, April 2013.

'English and Creative Writing Research Seminars: 2012-13' - October 2012-March 2013:

    • ‘An Electronic Catalogue of Books Printed by William Caxton’, Dr Takako Kato (DMU)
    • ‘Dialect, Serials and Socialism’, Dr Deborah Mutch (DMU)
    • ‘What did the early modern theatre company do to the dramatists’ scripts?’ Prof Gabriel Egan (DMU)
    • ‘“Where were you?’  The Book of Job in Twenty-First Century Narrative’, Dr Andrew Tate (Lancaster University)
    • ‘The textuality of forgetfulness: Billy Collins’ poetry’, Dr Joanna Gavins (University of Sheffield)
    • ‘Précarité and Subjective Life: Matt Thorne’s Eight Minutes Idle and David Szalay’s London and the South East ’, Dr Liam Connell (Winchester University).
  • 'Shakespeare and Japan' - 26 February 2013:  This one-day event offered scholars an opportunity to contribute to the international journal, Shakespeare’s special issue on ‘Shakespeare and Japan’, edited by Professor Dominic Shellard. Papers were invited on all aspects of Shakespeare and Japan, ranging from performances, film adaptations, translations and accounts of the plays’ critical reception in Japan.

  • 'Adapting Dickens' - 27 February 2013 :  In the year following the bicentenary celebrations of Charles Dickens’ birth, this conference aimed to continue the celebrations by shifting the focus of discussion from the works of Dickens to the varied body of adaptive responses generated by his texts.

  • 'Adapting Historical Narratives' - 28 February 2012 : This one-day conference offered delegates the opportunity to participate in talks ranging from heritage cinema, historical documentaries and docudramas to new-media developments and convergences in the representation and remediation of history. The conference featured leading scholars from the US, Australia, Europe and the UK and was hosted by Claire Monk and Deborah Cartmel (DMU).

  • 'The Monster Inside Us, The Monsters Around Us' - 18-20 November 2011:  A three-day conference on Monstrosity and Humanity.

  • 'Vegetarians, VILFs and Fang-Bangers' - 24 November 2010: A one-day conference on Modern Vampire Romance in print and on screen.

Shakespeare and Japan

Adapting Dickens

Adapting Historical Narratives



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