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University of Oxford Faculty of English

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The Faculty of English Language and Literature is by far the largest English Department in the UK, with over 75 permanent postholders, a further 70 Faculty members, 900 undergraduates and 300 postgraduates. The Faculty has a very distinguished research and teaching record, covering all periods of English Literature.

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English Faculty Member Awarded Funding from TORCH

Dr Tessa Roynon, Lecturer at Merton College and  Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, has secured funding to set up a new interdisciplinary research network at TORCH (the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities). Her proposal on 'Fiction and Human Rights', formulated in conjunction with Natasha Simonsen, a Lecturer in Law at New College,  was one of three winners in the latest round of the TORCH New Network competition.

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St Cross Building at 50 and the EFL at 100

The St Cross Building is the home of the English Faculty, the Law Faculty, the Bodleian Law Library, and the English Faculty Library, and is a Grade II* listed building.

Design and construction of the building took place between 1960 and 1964, so 2014 marks the building’s 50th anniversary!

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Upcoming Events

Reconsidering Donne

23 March 2015 - 24 March 2015

Lincoln College, Oxford

An international conference to consider past, present, and future critical trends in Donne Studies. Plenary Speakers: Achsah Guibbory (Barnard College, Columbia University), David Marno (University of California, Berkeley). 

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25 March 2015 - 27 March 2015

The fourth international Symposium on Approaches to English Historical Lexicography and Lexicology (OX-LEX4) will be held at Pembroke College, Oxford on March 25-27, 2015. We hope to bring together international scholars with a range of interests in historical lexicography and lexicology, including professional lexicographers and historical linguists, who are interested in applying and developing new research methods in this area of English historical linguistics.

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Johnson and Shakespeare 2015

7 August 2015 - 9 August 2015

A Conference to mark the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Samuel Johnson’s The Plays of William Shakespeare will be held at Pembroke College, Oxford on 7–9 August 2015. For further details, and the call for papers, click here.

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