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Research Opportunities



“Research” calls up visions of white coats and laboratories, but in English it’s not so much the lab as the library, the archive, and the vibrant and changing culture that surrounds us. Penn possesses one of the great libraries of the world, with unmatched manuscript and printed book collections of medieval and renaissance literature, 18th- and 19th-century English and American fiction, Underground comics, Cookbooks, American Modernism, and more. Every year the English department offers dozens of courses that give students the opportunity to work with special collections at Penn and other Philadelphia archives. Other courses offer students the chance to do fieldwork for documentary and other kinds of writing projects. And the new Price Lab for Digital Humanities gives Penn a world-class center for cutting-edge digital research into language, literature, and culture.