Our first year course is designed to set you up with the skills and confidence you need to get the most from your English Literature degree. You’ll gain confidence in reading and analysing poetry and short stories through our Reading Literature module. In our Literary History and Mapping Genres modules you will explore some great texts from the past and learn to compare them to popular modern texts in the same genres. Our Research and Essay-Writing module will introduce you to the fantastic range of resources, online and in our library, available to help you research authors, texts and contexts. You can take a Creative Writing Workshop if you want to. And at the end of the year you will complete a practical project and go on a professional placement to help you develop your future employability and relate your studies to the world of work.
During your second year you will extend your knowledge of literature in English, sharing in staff research interests and developing your own. To develop research and essay-writing skills, all students make a special study of a topic, such as Comedy or Gothic, focused on Victorian Literature. Beyond that, you choose the modules that most interest you. You can study Shakespearean drama, or 20th Century Literature, or find out more about the roots of modern literature in the Bible and classical mythology in Roots of Stories. You can explore contemporary issues and styles through modules such as Constructions of Gender and Magical Realism in World Fiction. You can continue to develop your own creative side through taking Creative Writing Workshop 2 – or you can take Spanish: Language and Culture to learn a new language. Again at the end of the year you will go on a professional placement to gain valuable skills and experience to take forward to your future career.
In your final year the research and essaywriting skills that you have developed through your programme will go into producing an 8000-word Dissertation on a topic of your choice. The emphasis in this year is on following up the interests you have already developed and exploring topics in more depth, using all the skills and expertise you have already gained. So whether it was Victorian Cultures you most enjoyed, or Shakespearean Early Modern Cultures, or Modernisms, or the Gothic genre, you can work on this with one of our staff who has specialist research expertise in the area. There are also opportunities to explore new topics such as Children’s Literature and Science Fiction and Postmodern Fiction. You can also continue your development as a creative writer through taking Creative Writing Workshop 3: Experimental Writing, and there is an option to do a third professional placement on a part-time basis through the year.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: