Starting in the summer of 2012, Princeton University and the Princeton English Department started an initiative with the Bread Loaf School of English to bring three to four of our outstanding rising seniors to the Bread Loaf program at Lincoln College, Oxford. Christina Campodonico, Stephanie Tam, and Jonathan Dec were the three students selected for an intensive six weeks of literary study and independent research towards their senior theses. They each took a course taught by an Oxford/Bread Loaf faculty member on a diverse and academically rich range of topics, from the “Margins of Medieval Literature” to “Shakespeare’s Stage” to the “Modernist Novel.” Princeton also sent Professor Sarah Rivett, a member of the English faculty, to run a proseminar on thesis writing and research. The proseminar included a trip to the Bodleian Library to view such treasures as original quarto editions of Shakespeare, some of Tolkein’s manuscript drawings, and a Thomas Hardy manuscript. A Saturday outing included a trip to Bath to see the Roman ruins and Wells to see the spectacular mediaeval cathedral. With its world renowned libraries and wealth of cultural history, Oxford is the ideal setting both to prepare students for thesis work and to foster their intellectual growth as internationally adept scholars and citizens.
“Doing archival research at Oxford under the guidance of Professor Rivett was the most rewarding part of this fellowship experience. Oxford's resources are incredible, so I had the opportunity to handle rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera, while developing my thesis topic. These artifacts really brought my research to life and gave deep meaning to my academic work.”
Christina Campodonico, ‘13