The Oxford English syllabus covers the entire spread of English Literature from Old English ("Anglo-Saxon") to the present, as well as a range of special options as widely divergent as, for example, American Literature, Women's Writing, Critical Theory, Medieval Latin, Classical Literature and various Celtic languages related to English. The core of undergraduate teaching is done in the College, but teaching can be arranged for any of the options offered by the syllabus. We do our best to ensure that students' special teaching needs can be met.
Teaching is principally by tutorials, but small classes, group discussions and lectures are also integral to the course.
Within the College Ms Johnson teaches English Literature from the nineteenth century to the present day. Her special interest is in twentieth-century literature, and she has written on (and edited texts by) James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. She also teaches Women's Writing, Critical Theory (especially feminist theory) and American Literature for the University.
Dr Spencer teaches Old English and Medieval Language and Literature as well as the History of the Language. She is the Editorial Secretary of the Early English Text Society, and has a particular interest in late medieval religious writing. She has edited and written on sermons of the period.
Dr Morgan, the Williams Fellow in English, teaches literature from 1509 to 1832 to Exeter undergraduates, and from 1509 to the present day to US Visiting Students at the College as part of the Williams-Exeter Programme. His research specialism is Shakespeare. However, he retains strong interests in critical theory, particularly Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas, as well as post-colonial writing (his master's thesis was on J.M. Coetzee). To his visiting students, he is happy to offer courses on any aspect of critical theory, theories of 'the literary' and literary value, or colonial and postcolonial writers.
Despite the heavy pressure of the course, many of our students seem to find time for acting, directing, journalism and organising arts events. These sometimes lead to careers in the theatre or media, though a fair number of English graduates go on to law, advertising or business management as well as teaching.