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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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Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize 2016

From the Faculty of English and Wolfson College:

On 18 January 2016 the first award was made of the Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize for Oxford postgraduate students, at an event held at Wolfson College and chaired by the College President, Dame Hermione Lee. The prize commemorates Professor Jon Stallworthy (1935-2014), poet and fellow of Wolfson College. The judges for the prize were Simon Armitage (Professor of Poetry) and Bernard O'Donoghue (Faculty of English).

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Shakespeare's World


Calling all palaeographers: budding, established or rusty.


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Upcoming Events

Professor of Poetry Lecture

1 March 2016


Simon Armitage will deliver his next lecture as Professor of Poetry in the Examination Schools, Oxford, at 5.30pm on Tuesday 1st March 2016.


The title of the lecture is:  Mind the Gap: Omission, Negation and "a final revelation of horrible Nothingness - "


Admission is free and seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis on the night. All are welcome to attend, and we look forward to seeing you there.



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Cosmopolis and Beyond: Literary Cosmopolitanism after the Republic of Letters

18 March 2016 - 19 March 2016

Cosmopolis and Beyond: Literary Cosmopolitanism after the Republic of Letters


An international conference that will take place in Trinity College, Oxford (18-19 March 2016). Keynote lectures by Emily Apter and Gisèle Sapiro.


Programme and registration now available on the conference website:

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Conquest: 1016, 1066

20 July 2016 - 23 July 2016

An Interdisciplinary Anniversary Conference

Worcester College, Oxford, and TORCH, 20-23 July 2016

A major conference to mark the 950th anniversary of the Norman Conquest and 1000th anniversary of Danish conquest.

Topics include (in no particular order):

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