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 modules:

Dissertation
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 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).

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.

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.

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.

19th-Century American Literature

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.

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.

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.

Shakespeare and Marlowe
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.

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.

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.

medieval.com
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.

Victorian Revolutionary Literature
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.

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.

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

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