Research in English at Oxford covers a wide range of work in literature and language over all periods to the present. While focusing especially on mainstream literary and textual research, it also takes in broadcast media, film and drama, language and linguistics, history of the book, women’s studies and American studies. We have approximately 100 research-active staff, who include university lecturers, readers and professors in the English Faculty, members of other university departments or divisions, research fellows, college lecturers, and independent scholars closely involved with the university.
The heart of the Faculty’s collaborative research activity is in the programme of research seminars held on a weekly or fortnightly basis, which act as a focus for particular interest groups and an opportunity for staff and research students to give papers on their work and get feedback, and to meet specialists from other universities and institutions, in the UK and abroad.
The Faculty and its members are involved in a number of research centres and groupings:
Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment
First World War Digital Poetry Archive
Rothermere American Institute
Bodleian Centre for Study of the Book