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American Literature

This research group coordinates and promotes research on American literature and culture at Cambridge, and highlights relevant events and resources within and beyond the university.

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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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‘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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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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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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Renaissance Studies

This Research Group site contains information on Renaissance and early modern research in the University, members interested in the period, and seminars, lectures, projects, reading groups and events happening in Cambridge and elsewhere.