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English Literature with French, Mandarin or Spanish BA (Hons) Year one modules

The English Literature with French, Mandarin or Spanish 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 Introduction to Drama and Poetry and Society plus modules in your chosen language and one further option:

Core modules:

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 

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.

Optional 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. 

Approaches to Reading and Writing 

This module equips first-year students in English Literature, English Language, and Creative Writing with core study skills in critical reading, reading for craft, and creative, reflective, and critical writing at university level. You will learn to write in different styles, to inform, persuade, and entertain. You will also learn to read different kinds of academic and literary texts relevant to the disciplines of English Language, English Literature, and Creative Writing. 

Exploring Creative Writing 

This module focuses on short forms, to get you to realise the importance of drafting, editing and making every word have purpose. 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 explore the craft behind digital forms of writing, such as blogging and Twitter. 

Evolving Language: An Introduction to Histories of Language 

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. 

And 30 credits of Language modules in your chosen langauge

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


Deborah Mutch teaching in DMU's Clephan Building