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The Groningen BA in English Language and Culture and our MA programmes are consistently rated as the best in the country. We teach exclusively in English, and all of our students profit from our strong research culture.

The academic study of English was first introduced as a discipline in Groningen at the end of the nineteenth century. In 1876 the University of Groningen was the first university in the Netherlands to offer a university degree in Modern Languages. The first professor of English language and literature in Groningen was also the first in the Netherlands in 1885. Today, our BA and MA courses are consistently rated as the best in the Netherlands.

As the oldest English department in the Netherlands we have a long tradition of commitment to excellent teaching and high-quality research. Our staff have received their doctorates and teaching experience at leading Dutch universities as well as international institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, UCL, University of Virginia, Toronto, McGill, Trinity College Dublin, and Edinburgh. At the same time, students' theses are supervised by researchers whose work is being published and read throughout the English-speaking world.

Research in the Department covers all areas of English literature and linguistics. Our particular strengths lie in medieval and early modern culture, Romanticism, Modernism, language development, and we publish widely on such topics as critical theory, visual culture, travel literature, Western literature on the Pacific, women's writing, medieval learning, manuscript studies, or language acquisition and loss. Our staff members run or participate in a number of international research projects, including the Hakluyt Editorial Project.

New and forthcoming books from the Department

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Richard Lansdown, A New Scene of Thought: Studies in Romantic Realism (Leiden: Brill-Rodopi, 2016)
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Karin Olsen, Conceptualizing the Enemy in Early Northwest Europe: Metaphors of Conflict and Alterity in Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Early Irish Poetry (Brepols, 2017)
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Fruits of Learning: the Transfer of Encyclopaedic Knowledge in the Early Middle Ages , ed. Rolf H. Bremmer Jr and Kees Dekker, Mediaevalia Groningana n.s. 21 (Peeters: Leuven, 2016, 418pp.)
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Corey Gibson, The Voice of the People. Hamish Henderson and Scottish Cultural Politics (Edinburgh University Press, 2015).
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Sebastian Sobecki, Unwritten Verities: The Making of England's Vernacular Legal Culture, 1463-1549 (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015)
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Richard Lansdown (ed.), Byron’s Letters and Journals: A New Selection (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)
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John Flood, ed, The Works of Walter Quin: An Irishman at the Stuart Courts (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2014)
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Wander Lowie and Bregtje Seton, Essential Statistics for Applied Linguistics (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013)
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Richard Lansdown, The Cambridge Introduction to Byron (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
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John Flood, Representations of Eve in Antiquity and the English Middle Ages (London: Routledge, 2011)
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Marjolijn Verspoor, Kees de Bot and Wander Lowie, ed., A Dynamic Approach to Second Language Development: Methods and Techniques (Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2011)
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Sebastian Sobecki, ed, The Sea and Englishness in the Middle Ages: Maritime Narratives, Identity, and Culture (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2011)
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Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and John Flood, eds, Heresy and Orthodoxy in Early English Literature, 1350–1680 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010)
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