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English & Film Studies Subject Guide

Learn about key library resources for studying english and film studies

Digital primary source collections

Historical Texts

  • Search this resource directly, as none of the titles included in this collection are listed in the Library Search service
  • This is a vast collection of early printed books, which have been digitised from originals held in specialist Libraries
  • Many literary texts are included, ranging from Chaucer to Thackeray
  • Complete books can be downloaded as PDF files

Newspaper resources

British Cartoon Archive

Key University Archive Resources in English & Film Studies

You can use our primary source material dating from the 15th century as resources for all kinds of subjects, from creative writing to theatre, comics to book history. Rare books, journals, letters, and audio and visual archives provide inspiration for authors and help you understand the past. For film studies you can use our primary source material, such as screenwriters’ collections, audio, visual and publishing collections to explore literature, film and theatre. These collections provide an insight into the role of the director; script writing and editing; casting and technical aspects of film production.  

Actors gathered around a table in a production of They fairly mak ye work, 1986Film set of Dance of the Seven Veils.