UK & EU
You will engage with texts through extensive reading and consolidate your own responses by studying intellectual and historical contexts. You will be taught through lectures, seminars and group projects which allow you to share and develop your ideas.
Studying English as a joint honours degree, combined with another subject, gives you the opportunity to pull together your varied interests and apply what you learn across both subject areas.
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.
Throughout your degree you will have the opportunity to study a range of literary works from a vast selection of topics, periods, and themes. In the first year you will encounter important genres such as poetry, drama, and fiction in ‘Nineteenth Century Literature’, and explore the development of English Literature in the ‘Writing the Present: Post-War and Contemporary British Literature module.’
In your next year of study you will build on the knowledge you now possess, and will read and discuss a wide range of literature from the first half of the twentieth century. In ‘Eighteenth-Century Literature: Satire and Sensibility’ you will focus on the long eighteenth century, a period of intellectual and cultural progress, but also of wicked wit and violence, and in ‘Thinking English: Reflections, Concepts, Perspectives’ you will be introduced to a range of ways in which literature might be discussed in its wider cultural and theoretical context.
In your final year, ‘Renaissance Literature’ provides new perspectives on that period, from Renaissance Sexualities to Visions of the New World, whilst the ‘Romanticism’ module examines one of the richest cultural and literary periods through the work of writers such as Blake, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley and Byron. Optional modules include ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing’, ‘Victorian Fantasy and Gothic Writing’, ‘Adaptations’, and ‘Creative Reading and Writing 3’. You will also write an English Dissertation at this stage, an independent study of 8-10,000 words in which you learn how to research and write extensively on a topic of your own choice with regular supervisory consultation.
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