Page Breaks: Postgraduate Seminar in English Literature

Page Breaks is an informal weekly reading group within the Department of English Literature. We meet on Wednesday afternoons to share our thoughts on a particular text or topic – this includes essays, articles, short fiction, poetry, films, tv, and podcast episodes. 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. It’s open to all and is a chance to meet fellow researchers in English Literature – we’d love to see you there!

We’re trialling a return to in-person in Autumn 2022, after a couple of years online during Covid-19. For dates, times, and texts, please see details on this site or email Dorothy Butchard ( and Toria Johnson (

When and Where?

In Autumn 2022, our regular weekly meeting will be on Tuesdays at 1pm. You can find a list of past and future events here: 

Texts and Topics

If you would like to suggest a text for discussion, please contact Dorothy & Toria (;

Lead a seminar!

We inviting any interested researchers to suggest texts and lead a Page Breaks session 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:

Contact Us:

We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in Page Breaks. The convenors are Dr Dorothy Butchard ( & Dr Toria Johnson (