English Literature BA (Hons) Year one modules
The English Literature BA (Hons) modules listed below are just to give you a flavour of what might be available in your first year and are subject to change.
Year one (Level 4)
The first year expands your knowledge of major literary genres and develops foundational skills in writing, research and critical analysis. You will study:
Core English Literature modules:
Introduction to the Novel
In this module you learn to read and critically analyse fiction at undergraduate level through studying different sub-genres, including Realist, Postmodernist and Neo-Victorian novels. You will learn to engage with critical texts and different theoretical approaches to literature.
Poetry and Society
Through this module you will develop your understanding of poetic form and genre and consolidate your close-reading skills by scrutinising a range of poems and poets from different historical periods.
Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare
The course is led by international Shakespearean scholars and divided into four parts, focussing on different approaches to Shakespeare Studies:
- Shakespeare and Textual Scholarship
- Shakespeare in Performance
- Global Shakespeare
- Shakespeare Adapted
Optional English Literature modules:
Introduction to English and Adaptation
This module introduces you to the field of literary adaptation – an area of study that bridges English and Film Studies. You will explore adaptations of myths through literature and adaptations of literature from text to screen.
Optional Creative Writing and English Language modules:
Exploring Creative Writing
is designed to focus on short forms, to get you to realise the importance of making every word have purpose. This module is your first encounter with serious editing and drafting; and we’ll encourage you to understand that strong writing involves making ruthless decisions about what to include, and what to leave out. You will learn to write flash fiction, shaping very short pieces into polished work. You will practise both strict-form and free-verse poetry to develop your ear for voice, and eye for image. You will also start reflecting upon your own creative processes, articulating the reasons for editing decisions you make; and explore the craft behind increasingly popular digital forms of writing, blogging and twitter.
An Introduction to Histories of Language – using the past, present and future of English as the core subject, we examine the various forces (social, political, cultural and technological) which cause a language to develop over time.
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.