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 English Faculty’s research embraces language and literature from the 7th-century to ‘global English’ today. Explore the main research areas to find information about our research activities, teaching, events and resources.
Members of the English Faculty are involved in a wide range of research projects. These include major externally funded research projects led from the English Faculty as well as collaborative ventures with other institutions covering a huge variety of topics.
Our researchers are currently working on a number of innovation projects, often in collaboration with external partners. These include the creation of literary apps and games, the use of Digital Humanities to delve deeper into texts, and the exploration of creative responses to literature through film, drama and music.
The English Faculty at Oxford identifies its research as falling within the scope of the British Academy’s acronym, SHAPE which captures both the unique and vital shaping power of our discipline and its necessary interdependence with other Social Sciences and Humanities.