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Faculty of English

The Faculty of English is considered to be one of the leading departments in the subject, both nationally and internationally. The Faculty is active in all major areas of English literature, and in English language for literary studies. It is rated as excellent for the quality of its teaching, and of its research by the Quality Assurance Agency and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. It was awarded a 5* rating in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise.

The Faculty currently has 38 University Teaching Officers, 36 College Teaching Officers associated with the Faculty, almost 200 graduate students and over 650 undergraduates. The Faculty is located at 9 West Road in a new building opened in October 2004.

Cambridge English is particularly well known for its attention to the close reading of texts, and for textual analysis: this approach underpins much of the work of the Faculty. It is at the core of the Faculty's work to stimulate critical enquiry, engagement with current and historical literary debate, to encourage students to cultivate an enquiring mind, and to provide the appropriate conditions for members of the Faculty to carry out research which widens and deepens the understanding of literature.

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  • Frontiers of Consciousness: Tennyson, Hardy, Hopkins, Eliot 

    Nickerson, Anna Jennifer (2018-07-21)
    ‘The poet’, Eliot wrote, ‘is occupied with frontiers of consciousness beyond which words fail, though meanings still exist’. This dissertation is an investigation into the ways in which four poets – Alfred Tennyson, Thomas ...
  • Afterword: Writing Religion and the Genealogy of the Literary Aesthetic 

    Connell, Philip James
    This afterword takes as its starting point the suggestion that the category of the ‘literary’ might be implicated within an historical process of secularisation. This possibility is resisted, at least in respect of its ...
  • The Classical Barbarian in the Íslendingasögur 

    Norman, William Hereward (2018-07-20)
    The Íslendingasögur, written in Iceland in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, primarily describe the lives of Icelanders during the tenth and eleventh centuries. Many of these lives involve encounters with foreign ...
  • Cinema 66–8: The original London film-makers 

    Miller, Henry (Intellect, 2017-12-01)
    A history of the mostly London-dwelling experimental film-makers, all of them associated with art schools, who came together to form the London Filmmakers’ Co-operative in 1966, and who mostly withdrew from it shortly afterwards.

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