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Research Support

Research Programs and Facilities

Both the Department of English and the Graduate School may provide funds for travel expenses for students giving papers at scholarly conferences. Recent conferences attended by our students include the following:

  • Modern Language Association
  • Shakespeare Association of America
  • International James Joyce Symposium
  • Joseph Conrad Society Conference
  • American Literature Association
  • Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference

In addition, several scholarly journals are edited or co-edited by departmental faculty, including Studies in Romanticism and Agni. Internships are sometimes available with one of the journals.


The University is a member of the Folger Shakespeare Library Consortium. Graduate students are eligible to apply for grants to attend conferences, seminars, and workshops at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. See Professor Siemon, the Consortium representative, for details.

Mugar Memorial Library

771 Commonwealth Avenue

The third-largest library in greater Boston, Mugar is the main library of Boston University, but many humanities texts are also available in the School of Theology Library (745 Commonwealth Avenue). The collections of both libraries, as well as other more specialized libraries on campus, may be accessed through the online catalog on the BU website. Dissertation-level students are eligible for a study carrel in Mugar Library.

Library Consortium

Boston University is a member of the Boston Area Consortium of Universities, which allows students to take courses or use the library facilities at 18 other area universities, including Boston College, Brandeis University, Brown University, Northeastern University, Tufts University, the various branches of the University of Massachusetts, and Wellesley College, in addition to the Boston Public Library. The Boston Public Library is the second-largest library in greater Boston, and one of the great public libraries in the country. Its research collection (noncirculating) is substantial, and its circulating collection is very good. Residents of Boston and most suburban towns and cities may use the BPL without charge.

Harvard University Libraries

The largest library in greater Boston, and one of the greatest libraries in the world, Widener Library permits access to its stacks and borrowing privileges only to those who purchase a library card, or hold one as an alum or current student. For dissertation-level students at Boston University, however, the Humanities Foundation has instituted a program that purchases Widener cards for qualified students who can demonstrate a need to use the Widener collection. Access to Houghton Library, the rare book library of Harvard, is open without charge to all qualified scholars. For graduate students doing research at the dissertation level, a letter of reference from a faculty member usually suffices for entrance into Houghton.

Folger Shakespeare Library

Graduate students accepted into one of the Folger Programs (see above) receive a Reader’s Card at the Folger, which has the most important collection of early modern English texts in North America, as well as extensive collections in other periods.

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