English Language and English Literature BA (Hons) Year three modules

The English Language and English Literature BA (Hons) modules listed below are just to give you a flavour of what is available in your third year and are subject to change.

Year three (Level 6)

Core modules:

You will research and write a dissertation of 8000-10000 words on a topic of your choice with the support of a supervisor. Examples of recent topics include fairy-tales in adaptation, Shakespeare’s comedies, the 19th century detective novel and Jewish-American writing.


English Language Dissertation
An independent research project on a subject of your own choice. This is where you can show us what inspires and interests you about the subject.


Optional modules:

Nineteenth-Century American Literature
This module will introduce students to a representative range of nineteenth-century American literary texts, studying them in their cultural and historical contexts. It will examine the attempt to develop a distinctively American literature, the impact of slavery and the Civil War on literature, and transatlantic literary and cultural relations during the period.

Contemporary Irish Writing 
This module will examine a range of fiction, drama and poetry from the later 20th and early 21st century. Drawing on a range of theoretical and historical sources, the module will explore how Irish writers have responded to the complex history and politics of Ireland across genres, and will consider the work of major contemporary writers.

The British Working Class in Literature, Film and Television
Over the course of the module students will be introduced to literature that presents, defines and differentiates the working-class experience from mainstream texts from World War 1 to the turn of the 21st century. We will discuss the importance of historical changes on the presentation of working-class life from the economic depressions of the 1920s and 30s, the development of the Welfare State, the Swinging Sixties, the challenges to labour power in the 1970s and 80s, up to working-class experience in the new millennium.

Unruly Women, Degenerate Men
This module will provide students with an introduction to some of the popular and controversial literature published in the final two decades of the nineteenth century.  It will be divided into two sections: the first covering the literature discussing the drive for female emancipation and the second will introduce the students to the literature of decadence and degeneration.

English in the Workplace
In this module you will put the skills developed during your English degree into practice in a placement of your own choosing. Previous placements have included, publishing, journalism and teaching (primary, secondary and college).

Modernism and Modernity
This module explores the development of Anglo-American modernism during 1910-1945. You will study experimental fiction and poetry and a selection of magazines from this period that first printed, supported and debated modernist literature.

Shakespeare and His Contemporaries 
This module looks at a selection of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries in relation to their original theatrical and historical context, including the birth of the professional stage in England. The plays are studied in pairs in relation to key themes such as power, gender and magic.

This module examines the impact of history, memory and publication media on narrative by studying the production and transmission of selected medieval texts through manuscript, print and digital cultures, with practical training in HTML and final assessment by website.

Sex and Death in Romantic Writing
On this module you will study writing produced during a period of sexual, political and social revolution and analyse how literary texts responded to an era of death, disease, colonialism, slavery and European war.

Textual Studies Using Computers
On this module you will use computers to tackle questions like: Who had the larger vocabulary, Shakespeare or Austen? Or, is it true that c and k are the funniest letters? With hands-on experience of how computers store and process literary texts, you will devise your own project to ask and answer original questions that shed new light on literature.

Radical and Contemporary Adaptations
This module explores what happens to a range of counterculture and radical literary works, such as Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Christos Tsiolkas’s Loaded, when they are adapted. It considers texts transferred to screen and other media, such as graphic novels, from America, Australia and England.

Modernism and Modernity
This module explores the development of Anglo-American modernism during 1910-1945. You will study experimental fiction and poetry and a selection of magazines from this period that first printed, supported and debated modernist literature.

Biofiction: Writers’ Afterlives
This module explores the popular sub-genre of biographical fiction about author figures, focusing on novels and films about Henry James, Virginia Woolf, and Sylvia Plath, all of which have been written since the new millennium. It enables students to place biofiction in dialogue with some of the key concepts of postmodernism, such as the ‘Death of the Author’, the collapse of the boundary between fact and fiction, and ideas surrounding ethics, truth, and subjectivity.

Writing Adaptations: Theory and Practice
This module introduces students to key theories of adaptation studies and assesses them on their own creative adaptation practice in the form of screenplays and treatments, plus critical and reflective essays. Workshops will deliver various discourses on the history and development of literary and non-literary adaptations and interrogate the various relationships of differing media. These sessions will also examine a range of concepts related to adaptation, including authorship, visual storytelling, narratology and intertextuality. These concepts will then be applied to film and television adaptations screened in the same week. Themes covered include adapting fairy tales and myth, experimental literature, postmodern adapting, and the art and craft of screenwriting for film and television.

English Language in the Workplace (Placement Module)
You will undertake work experience throughout the year and also conduct a study in linguistic anthropology, examining the use of English in a specific context. This module will also develop your presentation and public speaking skills, as well as your general self-confidence and employability.

Powerful Language: An Introduction To Rhetoric
The tools of effective, persuasive communication have been studied for over two millennia; what is now presented as advertising, PR, ‘news management’ or ‘spin’ has in previous centuries been known as ‘rhetoric’. This module considers rhetoric both in theory and in practice.

Corpus Linguistics
This module introduces students to using large digital collections of natural language as a linguistic research tool.

Language, Mind and Culture
On this module, you will examine the complex relationship between language, thought and culture, considering, for instance, if the language you speak affects how you think.

Perception, Persuasion, Power: Communication and Control
This module examines the techniques of persuasive communication as they are employed in the real world in a variety of domains, including propaganda, political discourse, advertising and interrogation.

Language Acquisition
The focus of this module is how language is acquired. We consider questions such as: How do children acquire language? How do you acquire a second language? Is bilingual acquisition different from acquiring just one language?

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.





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