The course aims to provide you with a comprehensive and thorough understanding of English Literature from the earliest English literature and the Renaissance to the Victorians and the most contemporary literature. Through this course, you will develop your ability to understand and analyse literary texts and to have a true understanding of historical context and the theoretical framework in which they are set.
You will also be encouraged to develop your own research interests through a wide range of optional modules (run according to student numbers and staff availability) and a final year dissertation. You will engage with texts through extensive reading and consolidate your own responses by studying intellectual, theoretical and historical contexts. You will be taught through seminars and group discussions which allow you to share and to critically inform your ideas.
Your degree will enable you to develop a range of transferable skills which will prepare you effectively for life after university. Each year during Changing Futures Week we invite speakers from a range of professions to discuss how your English studies will prepare you for your future career; we also work closely with colleagues in the Changemaker Hub to support you in developing the necessary skills for job applications and graduate-level employment, and from 2019 we will be offering an optional Professional Writing Project.
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