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English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies: Getting started

Discover the books, journals and other resources that you will need for your studies


Welcome to the guide for English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies. This guide will help you to discover the books, journals and other resources that you will need for your studies. Use the tabs above to find further information for your specific subject.

To find out the latest information on our Library Services, please visit our dedicated Library Guide to Library and Archive Services. 

Find Your Library

All courses in the School of Humanities are supported at Cavendish Library. Find us on the third floor of the Cavendish building.

What do I need to use the library?

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You will need your University ID card for:

  • Entrance to all University buildings
  • Printing & photocopying
  • Borrowing library books, DVDs and laptops
  • Your IT username is w + first seven digits of student ID​


Getting started with your reading list

What's a reading list?

To help you get the most out of your learning, your lecturers will provide you with a reading list for each module. Your list may contain different types of sources, such as books, articles, podcasts, videos and websites. You will use your reading list to prepare for each week of your modules and to find sources for your exams and assignments.

Where will I find my reading list?

The best place to find your reading list is on Blackboard. Each of your modules will have a Blackboard site. Look for the "Reading List" link in the left hand menu to link to your online reading list. You can also find your online reading list at If your module does not have an online reading list, ask your lecturer.

What should I do if I cannot access items on my reading list?

  • Ask a member of Library staff at your home library information desk.
  • Contact your Academic Engagement Librarian.
  • Let your Lecturer know that you are having difficulty accessing items on the list.

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New books

The Vampire in Contemporary Popular Literature

This book explores the "new vampire" as a literary trope, offering a comprehensive critical analysis of vampires in contemporary popular literature and demonstrating how they engage with essential cultural preoccupations, anxieties, and desires.

Medievalism in a Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones

This book explores Martin's and HBO's approaches to and beliefs about the Middle Ages, and how those beliefs fall into traditional medievalist and fantastic literary patterns.

Gothic Forms of Feminine Fictions

This is a study of the powers of Gothic in late 20th-century fiction and film. Susanne Becker argues that the Gothic, 200 years after it emerged, exhibits unchanged vitality in our media age and its obsession with incessant stimulation and excitement.

Shakespeare and Feminist Theory

This book shows how many kinds of feminist theory help analyze the dynamics of Shakespeare's plays.

London in Contemporary British Fiction

This volume creates a framework for new approaches to the representation of London required by the unprecedented social uncertainties of recent years: an invaluable contribution to studies of contemporary writing about London.


She-Wolf explores the cultural history of the female werewolf, from her first appearance in medieval literature to recent incarnations in film, television and popular literature.