Queen’s welcomes graduate students in English. The Queen’s English tutors have research interests in twentieth-century, early modern and Old English literature, but students studying all periods and topics are warmly invited to join the friendly and intellectually diverse English community at Queen’s. Graduates, undergraduates and tutors get together as a whole group for several events during the year, including our annual early modern play reading and medieval Yule Feast, and the Queen’s literary society provides a forum for students to invite favourite authors and critics to speak at Queen’s. Queen’s also has a creative writing journal, (The Rambler), a film society, and a drama society (The Eglesfield Players). Its dedicated Arts Fund supports a wide range of student initiatives across the arts.
Queen’s is well situated for English students, fewer than ten minutes’ walk from the Faculty of English and about five minutes from the University’s research library, the Bodleian. Our own Library is one of the most beautiful in the University, with an exceptionally rich collection of rare books. Graduate students interested in developing research on our own collection may want to consult the Library’s Special Collections pages, and prospective medievalists will find a link there to our medieval manuscripts catalogue. The Library’s holdings in early modern drama are a particular strength, and include David Garrick’s copy of the Shakespeare First Folio (1623). Further collected works include those of Ben Jonson (1616 and 1640), Beaumont and Fletcher (1647 and 1679), John Marston (1633), John Lyly (1632), and William Shakespeare (1623, 1632, 1664 and 1685), whilst other dramatists including Thomas Kyd, Thomas Dekker, and the former Queen’s student Thomas Middleton are represented in single volume quarto play-books. The Library also possesses a fine collection of the best editions of English Literature from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, purchased through the bequest of old member, Robert Mason, in the 1840s. These include editions of Milton, Fielding, Johnson, Pope and Byron, among others. The Library also holds long runs of eighteenth and nineteenth century journals including The Spectator, The Gentleman’s Magazine and The Edinburgh Review. The seventeenth-century Upper Library is open to students to work in on weekdays and Saturday mornings, and much of the library reading space is open 24 hours.
As well as Middleton, former members of Queen’s whose work may interest English students include Joseph Addison, William Collins, Walter Pater, Ernest Dowson, Edmund Blunden, John Heath-Stubbs and, more recently, Caryl Phillips.