Department of English and Modern Languages

  • English Literature (BA or BSc)

    Induction timetable

    Here is a list of the main events involving English Literature students in Induction Week (16-20 September). Events in bold are COMPULSORY. Once you've had a look at your timetable for the week, click on our Welcome page, which contains lots of other useful information.

    Don't forget to enrol online before you arrive so you can collect your student card. When you collect your card you will need to have appropriate photo Identification.

    Event Time Location
    Monday 16 September
    Welcome and Induction   09:00-11:00 Kennedy Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus
    Student Card Collection - only for those students who still need a card (for both single and combined honours students) 13:15 Student Central Counter, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus
    Visa enrolment - for students who require a study visa 13:15 Library Training Room, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

    Module Registration Help desk 

    (timetable and programme queries)

    Drop-in from 14:00-17:00

    J HB405, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus 

    Wednesday 18 September

    Freshers' Sports Fair 10:00-16:00 Centre for Sport, Headington Campus

    Thursday 20 September

    Subject Meeting 1 10:00-11:00 JHB 408 (Snow Room), John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus
    All single honours students must attend this meeting.
    Combined honours students can choose-attend this meeting or the 11am meeting (see below).
    Subject Meeting 2 11:00-12:00 JHB 408 (Snow Room), John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus
    Combined honours students should attend meetings for both of their subjects but can choose which meeting-attend first.
    Meet Your Academic Advisor Drop-in from 14:00-16:00 You will find out who your Academic Advisor is when you arrive.

    Module Registration Help desk

    (only for students who still need to register modules)  

    Drop-in from 12:00-17:00 JHB404, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

    Friday 20 September

    Freshers' Fair 10:00-16:00 John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

    Module Registration Help desk 

    (only for those students who have missed the Thursday deadline) 

    10:00-17:00 JHB403, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

    All Days

    Various Workshops and Events See Workshops and Events page for details.

    Key contacts

    Here is a list of Key Contacts for your course:

    Contact Contact details
    Head of Department Dr Iréne Hill
    Programme Lead Professor Daniel Lea
    Subject Coordinator Dr Eleanor Lowe
    Student Support Coordinator Mr Chris Taylor
    Academic Liaison Librarian Ms Joanna Cooksey
    Programme Administrator Ms Debra Bates +44 (0)1865 483748

    Recommended Reading

    Here are some of the recommended texts for the first year English Literature modules. Please note that you are not required to get these books in advance. They are shown for those students who want to make a head start on the reading. Full reading lists for each module will be given in your lectures.

    NOTE: Both modules Culture, Criticism, Literature 1 and 2 will be using the two Norton anthologies.

    Module Book details
    Culture, Criticism, Literature 1
    • Bausch, R. and Cassill, R.V. (eds.) (2015). The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. New York: Norton (Shorter 8th edition, green cover; ISBN: 978-0393937763)
    • Ferguson, Margaret, Kendall, Tim, and Salter, Mary Jo, The Norton Anthology of Poetry, 6th edn. (New York: Norton, 2018). ISBN: 9780393979206

    (Students are not expected to read these from cover to cover, but rather dip in and out, and to familiarise themselves with them)

    Culture, Criticism, Literature 2

    (Please note: This is a Semester 2 module)

    • Bausch, R. and Cassill, R.V. (eds.) (2015). The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. New York: Norton (Shorter 8th edition, green cover; ISBN: 978-0393937763)
    • Ferguson, Margaret, Kendall, Tim, and Salter, Mary Jo, The Norton Anthology of Poetry, 6th edn. (New York: Norton, 2018). ISBN: 9780393979206

    (Students are not expected to read these from cover-cover, but rather dip in and out, and-familiarise themselves with them).

    Shakespeare
    • J.L. Halio, ed., The Merchant of Venice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993)
    • Brian Gibbons, ed., Measure for Measure (Arden: London, 2006)
    • Gurr, Andrew, ed., King Richard II (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)
    • Orgel, Stephen, ed., The Winter's Tale (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998)
    • Michael Alexander, Reading Shakespeare (Basingstoke: Palgrave 2012)

    If you wish to buy a copy of Shakespeare’s Complete Works, the best ones are as follows:

    • Proudfoot, R., Thompson, A. and Kastan, D.S. (eds.) (2011). The Arden Shakespeare: Complete Works. Revd. ed. London: Arden Shakespeare

    or

    • Gary Taylor et al, eds., The New Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016)
    Critical Theory in Action (Please note: This is a Semester 2 module)
    • Brontë, C. (2016). Jane Eyre. Fourth Norton Critical Edition (Edited by Deborah Lutz). New York: W.W. Norton
    • Johnson, L.K. (2006). Selected Poems. London: Penguin
    • Proulx, A. (2005). Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories. London: Harper Collins
    • Selden, R. Widdowson, P. and Brooker, P. (eds.) (2017). A Reader's Guide-Contemporary Literary Theory. 6th edn. Abingdon: Routledge
    • Stoker, B. (2016). Dracula: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism. 2nd edn. (Edited by John Paul Riquelme). Basingstoke: Palgrave

    Academic Advisors

    This is a list of all the Academic Advisors for English Literature. You will find out who your Academic is when you arrive. You should meet your Academic Advisor in their room on Thursday Week 0 between 2pm and 4pm. If there is any change to this, it will be shown in the Alternative Arrangement column.

    Name Room Phone Alternative arrangement
    Dr Carina Bartleet T411a 48 4239
    Dr Katharine Craik T406 48 4299
    Professor Alex Goody T410 48 3989
    Dr Laura Higgins T411b 48 3912
    Professor Simon Kövesi T408 48 3587
    Professor Daniel Lea T412a 48 3163
    Dr Eleanor Lowe T407 48 4340

    Dr Antonia Mackay

    T414
    Dr Andrea Macrae T405 48 4308
    Dr Niall Munro T417 48 3433
    Professor Nicole Pohl T412b 48 4098
    Dr Dinah Roe T450a 48 3977
    Dr Eric White T413b 48 4096
    Dr Simon White T418b 48 4315