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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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Launch of an experiment in 'DIY digitization'

Daniel Wakelin, along with Judith Siefring and Christine Madsen of the Bodleian Library, have launched an experiment in ‘DIY digitization’. They are inviting anybody who uses and photographs manuscripts or early printed books in the special collections department of the Bodleian Library, the Weston Library, to upload online their photographs of those books, for sharing and non-commercial use by others as people wish. There are no rules for the method of uploading. The experiment is designed to see how and why people might share files this way.

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Professor Daniel Wakelin announced as joint winner of the 2015 SHARP DeLong Prize

Professor Daniel Wakelin is the joint winner for 2015 of the DeLong Prize awarded by SHARP for the best monograph on the history of the book from 2014. The prize has been awarded jointly to his book Scribal Correction and Literary Craft: English Manuscripts 1375-1510 (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and to Paula Rabinowitz’s American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street (Princeton University Press, 2014).

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Upcoming Events

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 click here.

A free exhibition on Johnson and Shakespeare is also open at the Bodleian Library until 6 September 2015. Please click here for more information.

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Samuel Daniel, Poet and Historian: A two-day conference

10 September 2015 - 11 September 2015


Thursday and Friday, 10-11 September 2015, at The Royal College of Music


Conference Organizers: John Pitcher (St John’s College, Oxford) & Yasmin Arshad (UCL)

This is the first Conference devoted to Samuel Daniel (1562-1619), and it is presented by a consortium of universities—UCL’s Centre for Early Modern Exchanges, the English Faculty at Oxford University, St John’s College Oxford, and the Royal College of Music.

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