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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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  • Looking for Right Now: Cruising in Gay New York 

    Parlett, Jack (2019-11-30)
    This thesis identifies a concern with looking in the work of three queer New York writers: Walt Whitman, Frank O’Hara and David Wojnarowicz. Through this triptych formation I offer an account of the look as an optical ...
  • Making Miracles in Central Medieval England 

    Lynch, Thomas Christopher (2019-10-26)
    This thesis is concerned with the production of miracles in the cult of the saints, examining miracle narratives from English cults produced between 970 and 1170. In particular, I focus on the actions taken by people which ...
  • Unlived Lives in Twentieth Century Narrative: Henry James, Elizabeth Bowen, Kazuo Ishiguro 

    Bryan, Rachel Elizabeth (Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, 2019-02-15)
    In her 1955 novel A World of Love, Elizabeth Bowen considered the effects of a fifty-year period in which the outbreak of two world wars had reconfigured radically the expected course of personal and national history. Those ...
  • Ghostly Sounds and Questions of Belief in Thomas Hardy and Walter de la Mare 

    Kajita, Yui (2019-07-20)
    Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) and Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) share numerous reciprocal echoes in their works, especially at the height of their literary activities in the early twentieth century. Despite their singular ...

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