Corpus Christi College Oxford

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English

We typically seek to admit 6 students a year in English.

English is taught within College by Prof Helen Moore, Prof David Russell, Dr Sowon Park and Dr Hannah Bailey


We admit six undergraduates a year to read English, plus regular singletons in History & English and Classics & English. Corpus is recognised in Oxford as an exceptionally lively centre of literary studies. Our English students do well in exams. Some of them write plays and other fictions. Some go on to be professional writers, critics, broadcasters and teachers of the subject. Current English students come from all parts of the country and every kind of school.


Professor Moore focusses on medieval and early modern literature and, in the Classics and English interdisciplinary set, on ekphrasis, literary careers and Heliodorus. Professor Cunningham, by comparison, handles Shakespeare, modern literature and theory. (His many books and other writings are about the Novel, the Victorians, the 1930s, Shakespeare, the Bible, literary theory, postmodernism and history.) The in-house tutors in the subject - as well as the other tutors called on to help in the teaching - try to encourage critical and creative individuality in undergraduates. One of the greatest advantages of reading English at Corpus is the size, quality and modernity of the College Library's holdings in this subject.


What is looked for in applicants for English at Corpus are signs of keen reflective reading and indications of readiness and ability to take on the large amounts of primary and secondary reading the Oxford syllabus requires. We do like applicants who show signs of being alert to the English language and to the fact that literary study engages not just with historical and contextual things but, above all, with the use of language. We are not averse to deferred-entry candidates.


For information about applying to read English, please refer to the English Faculty website and University admissions website. 


The best preparation for the entrance process is to do as much reading as possible in literature of virtually any kind.


Candidates who are shortlisted for interview at Corpus will normally be given two interviews at the College. Upon arrival at Corpus, each candidate may also be given a passage of literature to think and write about, during the interview period. The interview itself may range widely in the effort to assess candidates' promise in literary study. Candidates could be asked questions about the submitted written work required for admission and could also be asked to comment on the passage(s) they will have been given.


Corpus is home to a lively group of graduate students in English and related literary/linguistic studies.  Graduates are admitted via application to the relevant Faculty and are, in the regular Oxford practice, usually supervised by Tutors at other colleges.  They are, though, assigned College Tutors as in-house advisers.

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