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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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  • Mourning Thomas Kyd's Lost Works 

    Tregear, Theodore
    This essay examines the related questions of mourning, knowledge and authorship in Thomas Kyd’s elusive corpus. In The Spanish Tragedy, Isabella cannot begin to mourn her murdered son until she knows “the author of this ...
  • Theory Transposed: Idols, Knights and Identity 

    Zeeman, Nicolette
    This essay is part of a larger project to think about how some of the very sophisticated theories of image use and abuse – ideas about idolatry and the idol – that were developed within the medieval church might also have ...
  • "A Muse in Tatters": Hardy's Poems and Ballads 

    Goldstein, Oliver (York University (Toronto), 2017-11-01)
    Henry Thornton Wharton’s Sappho collected and translated for the first time “all the one hundred and seventy fragments that [Sappho’s] latest German editor thinks may be ascribed to her” (xiii-xiv). Beneath three translations ...
  • The audience of Old English literature 

    Wolfe, Catherine Ann (1994-10-18)

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