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A row of books in a library, with their spines turned away from the viewer

We cover the range of English literary studies, from medieval travel narratives to the African detective novel. In REF 2021, the most recent national research evaluation, our research was ranked joint 8th nationally and in the top 10% of departments in the country. Ninety-five per cent was judged 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

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Understanding our relationship with money

A research project led by Southampton is revealing how finance has been imagined and represented by art and other forms of visual culture over the last three centuries.

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