English Literature BA (Hons) Year two modules

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

Year two (Level 5)

The second year broadens your understanding of the development of English literature through time, with options to extend your study of literary adaptations or immerse yourself in literary theory. You will study ‘Exploration and Innovation’ and select three further options from the list below:

Core module:

Exploration and Innovation: 14th to 18th Century Literature 
This module looks at the birth of English literature, offering an introduction to literature written between the medieval era and the mid-eighteenth century in England and Europe. It includes examples of poetry, drama and prose organised around key themes such as power, faith, love and sexuality.

Optional modules:

Romantic and Victorian Literature 
This module surveys literature from 1780 to 1901 by writers such as Wordsworth, Austen, Dickens, Brontë, Hardy and Wilde. It investigates issues such as the rights of man, art and imagination, class-conflict, urban poverty, faith, national identity and changing gender roles.

20th and 21st Century Literature 
This module explores literary responses to social change from 1900 to today. You will read texts from World War I and II, postcolonial literature from former British colonies, and consider issues of race, gender and sexuality in contemporary writing such as British-Asian fiction.

Ways of Reading
This module questions the value of literature to society and equips you with a critical ‘toolkit’ through study of the influential theoretical approaches that have shaped the past and present of literary studies, such as post-structuralism, feminism and Marxism.

Screen and Literary Adaptations of the Classics
This module explores what happens to classic English literature when it is adapted into other media, including film, television and new literary novels. You will explore the adaptation of iconic literary texts such as William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw.

Text Technologies
This module draws on the expertise of DMU’s Centre for Textual Studies to expand your understanding of the history of textual production from manuscript, to print, to digital text. You will make and write with a quill pen, print a poem using moveable type and a hand-operated printing press, and learn to create a scholarly digital text online. 

Writing Place
This module will enable students to explore, through creative practice, the role place has as a major stimulant in writing. Students will write fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction in a variety of forms in order to explore the creative resources offered by local history, regional myths, environmental issues and hidden histories. There will be a keen focus upon ‘world building’, and emphasis upon the importance of research to writers.

Introducing English to Speakers of Other Languages
This module provides an overview of both the teaching of English to speakers of other languages and also how English is taught in UK schools.

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


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