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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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  • How Letters Matter 

    Scott-Warren, J (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016-12-15)
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: How Letters Matter Jason Scott-Warren (bio) James Daybell and Andrew Gordon, editors $\textit{Cultures of Correspondence in Early Modern Britain}$ $\tiny ...
  • Commonplacing and Originality: Reading Francis Meres 

    Scott-Warren, JE
    Francis Meres (1565-1647) is remembered chiefly for the survey of 'English poetry' that he offers in $\textit{Palladis Tamia}$ (1598), which includes a number of laudatory comments on Shakespeare. Since the 1930s, scholars ...
  • Tennyson and The Golden Treasury: A Rediscovered Revision Copy 

    Sullivan, MJP (Oxford University Press, 2016-12-24)
    In 1971, Philip Larkin made a rare excursion into academic writing, while editing his Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse. His subject was the most successful lyric anthology in literary history: The Golden ...
  • From plates and rods to royal drink-stands in $\textit{Branwen}$ and medieval Welsh law 

    Russell, P
    This paper takes as its starting point the well-known passage in $\textit{Branwen}$ about the compensation for Matholwch and its relationship to the Iorwerth redaction of medieval Welsh law. It argues, first, that the text ...

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