The strengths of Oxford lie not only in its diverse Faculty but also in its exceptional material resources. The Bodleian stands among the world's leading research libraries: alongside its virtually unrivalled holdings of printed books, the library contains large collections of manuscript prose and poetry which have yet to be fully charted. Manuscripts include collections in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Irish, Arabic, Turkish, and Persian writing and autograph work by John Donne, John Milton, and Elizabeth I. In addition to the Bodleian, Oxford has many college libraries including integral collections that offer much unexplored evidence on the history of reading. The University also provides unusually generous access to electronic resources such as Early English Books On-Line, Eighteenth Century Collections On-Line, the new Oxford DNB, and databases on Shakespeare, Continental printed books, and women's history. With the 'sociology of texts' an ever more important area of study, Oxford offers unique resources and a productive culture for the emergence of new work. In addition to the Early Modern Literature Graduate Seminar, held every two weeks through the year, graduate students themselves run a Forum on early modern literature and there is a host of seminars with early modern interests throughout the university, from history to music to theology. For further information about research resources at Oxford follow this link.
Faculty members have especially active interests in the following areas:
For fuller information about graduate degrees see Graduate degrees: M.St., D.Phil.