A welcoming speech for first years from a somewhat pessimistic US professor.
The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began by Stephen Greenblatt
Greenblatt is one of the best known scholars of English Renaissance literature and a seminal figure in New Historicism.
For a list of recent books written and edited by the people that teach you see under the Books tab of this site. Books are the easiest thing to post images of, but staff research also involves publishing articles, reports, book reviews and involving themselves in various research projects.
There is a new full-text resource available through the library databases that will prove very useful for English students. EBL (http://www.rug.eblib.com.proxy-ub.rug.nl/patron/) carries secondary texts from several standard academic publishers (e.g. Palgrave, Routledge) as well as from a host of less well-known publishers. It allows you to download books for offsite reading.