English Literature BA (Hons) Year three modules
The 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)
The third year allows you to pursue your own areas of interest. You will produce a dissertation on a subject of your choice and then choose a selection of modules from a list of options, as indicated below, reflecting the research specialisms of the English team.
Core English Literature 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.
Optional English Literature modules:
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).
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.
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.
Sex and Death in Romantic Writing 1780-1830
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.
Shakespeare and Marlowe
This module explores two of the Renaissance stage’s most significant and influential writers – William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe – comparing how they approached subjects such as power, knowledge, magic and the stage Jew.
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.
Watching Early Modern Drama: Spectatorship and Fandom
On this module we will explore the role of the audience in the production of early modern dramatic meaning, both then and now. Beginning in the early modern period, we will explore the ways that early modern dramatists imagined and engaged their audiences and vice versa. In doing so, this module will enhance your understanding of theatre-going in this period. As we move into the second half of the module, we will utilise this knowledge and compare early modern spectatorship against the types of audience engagement that can be found in the contemporary moment. The module will introduce the critical concept of fan theory and we will then work through a series of representative fan texts.
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.
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.
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.
Victorian Revolutionary Literature: Chartism and Socialism
This module will widen students’ knowledge of nineteenth-century literature written by and for the British working classes through the two most important political movements of the century: mid-century Chartism and the later socialist movement. We will consider the importance of building a historical and political context for the literature and of the different media used to convey the representations of class: books, short stories, poetry, the serialization of fiction in newspapers
The British Working Class in Literature, Film and Television: 1900-2005
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, Revolutionary Men: Science, Gender and Gothic at the Fin de Siècle, 1880-1900
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.
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.
Optional Creative Writing and English Language modules:
Professional Writing Skills
This module provides students with a range of professional knowledge and skills. Students will work on a publication to professional standard in print or online format, develop skills in oral presentation, and explore aspects of professional practice. The skills and knowledge gained on this course will not only be of value to creative writing practitioners, but will also be of advantage in a range of career options.
NB: Students must have taken ‘Exploring Creative Writing’ and ‘Writing Place’ at levels 4 and 5 to take this module.
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.
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.
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.