History and Modern Languages
The richness and variety of the cultural and intellectual topics that are available at Oxford make this a stimulating and exciting course, enabling language, literature and culture to be related to their historical contexts.
In recent years History has experienced a ‘linguistic turn’ while literary studies have undergone a ‘historical turn’, making this combination of subjects more exciting than ever. Knowledge of the past contextualises literary artefacts, while the forensic literary skills of the linguist are vital for interrogating historical documents. While historians have to be aware of genre, plot and rhetorical techniques in the creation both of their sources and their own arguments, linguists need to appreciate the social and political concerns that are woven into literary works. This degree brings these two skill sets together.
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The course at St Peter's
The College admits up to four students per year across the joint schools with History. The degree takes four years to complete since students spend their third year abroad in the country of the language studied.
The modern languages offered at St Peter’s include French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Czech (with Slovak).
Visit the main course pages for further information about the College’s teaching provision in History and Modern Languages.
Professor Stephen Baxter
- Barron Fellow and Tutor in Medieval History
- Clarendon Professor of Medieval History
- Vice-Master, Fellow Archivist
Professor Stephen Tuffnell
- Fellow and Tutor in Modern US History
- Associate Professor of Modern US History
- Fellow Librarian
Professor Phil Booth
- Research Fellow in Theology and Religion, and History
- A.G. Leventis Associate Professor of Eastern Christianity
- Stipendiary Lecturer
Dr Claire Williams
- Fellow and Tutor in Portuguese
- Associate Professor of Brazilian Literature and Culture
Professor Phillip Rothwell
- Professorial Fellow
- King John II Professor of Portuguese
Dr Joanna Neilly
- Fellow and Tutor in German
- Associate Professor in German
Professor Daron Burrows
- Fellow and Tutor in Medieval French
- Professor of Medieval French
Dr Elena Lombardi
- Stipendiary Lecturer in Italian
Dr Oliver Noble Wood
- Stipendiary Lecturer in Spanish
- Non-Stipendiary Lecturer in German
- Non‐Stipendiary Lecturer in Modern Greek Language and History