Page Breaks: Postgraduate Seminar in English Literature

Page Breaks is an informal reading group for postgraduate researchers within the Department of English Literature. We meet weekly during term time to discuss a text – usually a short essay, article, or work of fiction. The seminar is an opportunity to explore new ideas, discuss texts you’ve studied or plan to read, and share aspects of your own research. The seminar is open to all and is a chance to meet lecturers in English Literature and fellow postgrads.

There will be tea, coffee and biscuits and you are very welcome!

When and Where?

In Spring 2020 we will meet on Wednesdays from 1pm. There’s no need to sign up in advance – you can just come along. Below are the dates and times for our meetings in Semester 2 2019-20. These will usually be in the Shackleton Room, Arts 439 (on the fourth floor of the Arts building). Please contact and if you have any questions.

Schedule for Spring 2020

1pm, Wed 15 Jan (Week 1)

1pm, Wed 22 Jan (Week 2)

  • Ray Bradbury, ‘The Third Expedition’
1pm, Wed 29 Jan (Week 3)

  • Session led by Dr Peter Auger, Anne Bradstreet’s ‘Dialogue between Old England and New’
2:30pm, Wed 5 Feb (Week 4)

  • Page Breaks Teaching Special
1pm, Wed 12 Feb (Week 5)

  • Works Loved
1pm, Wed 26 Feb (Week 7)

  • TBC
1pm, Wed 4 Mar (Week 8)

  • Session led by Dr Oliver Herford
1pm, Wed 11 Mar (Week 9)

1pm, Wed 18 Mar (Week 10)

1pm, Wed 26 Mar (Week 11)

  • Works Loved: Springtime

Convenor Details:

Dr Dorothy Butchard ( & Dr Toria Johnson (;

Texts and Topics

If you would like to suggest a text for discussion, please contact Dorothy Butchard (

Lead a seminar!

This year, we are inviting postgraduate researchers to lead a session in the doctoral seminar. This is a great opportunity to practice convening discussions in a friendly and informal environment. It’s useful for teaching experience, and can also be listed on your CV, eg as ‘Session Convenor – Postgrad Seminar in English Literature’.  If you would like to lead a seminar, please contact Dorothy (, nominating a text you would like to read for your session. The seminar is usually based around a work of theory or short fiction, and multimedia or other forms of text are also welcome. Please aim to select texts that will be manageable for others to read, and accessible for non-experts; it’s fine to suggest excerpts and select passages. You do not need to be an expert on the text you nominate – it can be something you have been meaning to read or have a general interest in.

Follow this link to browse readings from last academic year: