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English Literature and Creative Writing Subject Spotlight

Why do stories matter?
with Dr Amy Louise Morgan from the University of Surrey

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Join Dr Amy Louise Morgan from the University of Surrey as she considers why stories still matter and how choosing to study an English degree is as relevant as ever. She takes an in-depth look at understanding the motives behind storytelling and how they impact us, both as people and within the societies we live in. She discusses the building blocks to becoming a writer, the challenges and possible career paths, before introducing a classic medieval text, Sir Orfeo, with instructions for you to undertake a literary close reading.

Dr Amy Louise MorganUniversity of SurreyEnglish literature and creative writing

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1. Literature is life
2. Changing forms of story-telling
3. Making and breaking the rules with Creative Writing
4. Interactive element - English can take you anywhere

About the university

University of Surrey
University of Surrey
University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is a global community of more than 16,000 students from 140 countries. Based on a lovely, leafy campus in buzzy Guildford, The University of Surrey boasts gorgeous countryside to the south and west, and London half an hour to the east. It’s the perfect setting for a challenging and rewarding university experience that creates incredible memories and helps you achieve your ambitions. With a focus on practice-based learning, supported by outstanding teaching, laboratory and simulation facilities in every faculty, Surrey is ranked first in the UK for work placements and graduate employability.

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Meet the academic
Dr Amy Louise Morgan

Dr Amy Louise Morgan began working as a Lecturer in Medieval Literature at the University of Surrey in October 2017, after completing her PhD at the University of Surrey earlier that year. Amy's doctoral studentship, awarded by the University of Surrey, supported her research on queer time and space in medieval romance and the lays. In this study she analysed Bisclavret, Lanval, Sir Orfeo, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale. Amy specialises in medieval literature, queer theory, and gender theory with a particular focus on queer time, space, and identity. Her publications include an article on queerness in Sir Orfeo; an article on Marie de France, alienation and Lanval; and a book chapter on orchards as queer loci in Lanval and Sir Orfeo. She is currently writing a monograph on queer time and space in medieval romance. In addition, Amy is working on two new projects. The first examines female space as queer space in Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur. The second focuses on gender, time, and space in Disney's medievalism.

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