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Is Edinburgh deserving of its title as a “City of Literature”?

In 2004, the city of Edinburgh became the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, and the reasons, at the time, were obvious. With Edinburgh University boasting the world’s oldest English…

Belgian University to launch Taylor Swift-inspired Literature course

I’m sure fellow Swifties studying English here at Edinburgh will share in my jealousy when they learn that a university in Belgium is set to offer a new literature course…

Is English Literature relevant in a climate-ravaged world?

Is my English Literature degree relevant in a world ravaged by climate change? This question relies on whether you think art can help change the world. Many contemporary books and…

Do Strikes Affect English Departments More?

My typically lecture-jammed week has become a wasteland. All of my English Literature lectures and tutorials are cancelled in support of the UCU industrial action, which is demanding improved pensions,…

The Influence of Shakespeare Today

Is there an Edinburgh University student who was not force-fed, during their school years, the ‘tragic hero’ of Macbeth, the ‘daddy issues’ of Hamlet or the ‘star-crossed lovers’ of Romeo…

How to survive an English Literature degree

Emily Moffett is a third-year English Literature student. Welcome, first years, to the world of an English Literature student. My name is Emily and I’ll be your guide today. Don’t…