Centre for Material Texts
The Centre for Material Texts coordinates teaching and research into written artefacts across the University. Breaching familiar boundaries of discipline and period, the CMT facilitates new dialogues and innovative research, grounded in our shared fascination with the sources, media, and archives that we study.

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Contemporaries
‘When we read a book from the past we are in fact reading a book and a context, but in reading a book from the present we are the context.’ – Tony Tanner. Contemporaries is a space to explore the opportunities, challenges and pleasures presented by ‘being the context’ of new writing.

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Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies
This Research Group brings together members of the English Faculty who work on the literature, culture and history of the late-seventeenth, eighteenth, and early-nineteenth centuries, promoting research, collaboration and intellectual community.

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Literature-Technology-Media

Literature-Technology-Media
How was it that technology and writing came to inform each other so extensively that today there is only information? The purpose of this Research Group is to explore the part played in the development of the concepts of ‘technology’ and ‘media’ by literature, broadly understood.

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Medieval Studies
The Medieval Studies Research Group coordinates medieval-related activities in Cambridge, in relation not only to literature but also to medieval art, archaeology, philosophy, history and more.

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Medieval and Renaissance Studies
This Research Group concentrates and disseminates work by the English Faculty's research community in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, including seminars in early modern studies both in the Faculty of English and across the University.

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Nineteenth Century Studies
This Research Group coordinates and promotes connections between researchers in the English Faculty's research community in Nineteenth-Century Studies. It oversees collaborative research projects, develops digital resources and provides an integrated picture of relevant events occurring across the University.

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Performance Rhizome
The Performance Rhizome is a weave of exploratory activities across and beyond the Faculty of English, centred on the understanding that cultural practices such as music, theatre, literature, film and fine art simultaneously exist as an object (fixed, a record) and an experience (time-bound, embodied). It promotes connections between researchers in the field, and offers a portal for relevant events occurring across Cambridge.

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Research In the English Faculty

The Faculty's diversity of interests is mirrored in its research culture. Current projects range from medieval music to contemporary community theatre, the editing of recently discovered texts to Romantic poetics and post-Apartheid writing. Each broad area is supported by its own seminar that gathers together research students, postdoctoral award holders, senior Faculty members, and visiting academics. Papers given at these seminars give the speakers, whether from within Cambridge or invited from elsewhere, the opportunity to try out new ideas or announce new work. The aim is to provide a supportive research community for everyone working in a particular field and to encourage collaborative endeavour whether or not the researcher s working independently or as part of a larger project: individual research, in Cambridge, does not mean isolation.

Graduate Seminars