English Literature

Why study English Literature at Brookes?

Our English Literature course allows you to explore classic works and contemporary texts side-by-side. There are Creative Writing options in all three years of study. You can study English Literature as a single honours degree or combine it with another subject.

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Students' perspective

Meet the staff

Module choices

Readings skills

Field trips

You can't study theatre without experiencing it, and we run regular theatre trips to see shows. In 2019, all first year students taking the Shakespeare module got to see Measure for Measure at the Barbican in London.

Students are pictured with staff members Cato Marks, Laura Higgins, Alex Goody. Lis Jay, Cheryl Birdseye, Sarah Waters and Russell Anderson.


Guest speakers

Ishion Hutchinson visits Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre

Philip Pullman

Hilary Mantel


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Established in 2017, ignitionpress is an award-winning poetry pamphlet press with an international outlook which publishes original, arresting poetry from emerging poets. Pamphlets published by the press have so far received four Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice selections (for A Hurry of English, Hinge, Ripe, and Sargam / Swargam). Hinge by Alycia Pirmohamed was also shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award, 2020 and the press won the Michael Michael Marks Publishers' Award in 2021. You can find out more about the press and how we work in this interview on the Friday Poem website with our Managing Editor, Les Robinson, or watch this short video that we produced for the Michael Marks Awards, 2021.

Teaching and research staff

Professor Katharine Craik

Professor Katharine Craik

Director of Research and Professor in Early Modern Literature (1500-1750)

Professor Alex Goody

Professor Alex Goody

Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture

Dr Tatiana Kontou

Dr Tatiana Kontou

Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Professor Daniel Lea

Professor Daniel Lea

Professor of Contemporary Literature

Dr Eleanor  Lowe

Dr Eleanor Lowe

Programme Lead for English Literature, Theatre and Creative Writing

Dr Andrea  Macrae

Dr Andrea Macrae

Principal Lecturer in Student Experience and Stylistics

Dr Niall Munro

Dr Niall Munro

Senior Lecturer in American Literature & Director of the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre

Dr Dinah Roe

Dr Dinah Roe

Research Lead for English, Creative Writing and Modern Languages, Reader in 19th Century Literature

Dr Eric White

Dr Eric White

Reader in American Literature

Professor Nicole  Pohl

Professor Nicole Pohl

Professor Emerita in Early Modern Literature and Critical Theory