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English Literature (University of Northampton)

Programme Overview

This degree introduces a diverse and academically rigorous programme, providing a thorough knowledge of English Literature from Early and Middle English to the present day. It also allows students to develop their own research interests through a range of modules, seminar discussions and group projects in which ideas can be shared and developed.

This degree is for those who wish to:

  • Foster a knowledge of particular literary texts, their traditions, genres and contexts, from a range of literary periods from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present

  • Promote an understanding of those texts and the cultural pressures and values that influence them

  • Explore the nature of literary history and its relation to critical history

  • Receive opportunities for the practice of sophisticated textual analysis, relevant to a range of careers and professions

  • Realise their own potential and develop capacity for self-directed learning

  • Receive a framework for academic progression in the discipline of English Studies

 

Structure of the Programme

This degree consists of the following modules:

First year compulsory modules:

  • Reading Literary Genres
  • Writing the Present: Post-War & Contemporary British Literature
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • Creative Reading and Writing 1
  • Life, Liberty and Happiness: Introduction to American Literature
  • Language & Creativity

Second year compulsory modules:

  • Modernism in Britain
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Thinking English: Reflections, Concepts, Perspectives
  • Twenty-First Century Shakespeares
  • Visions of America: Contemporary Fiction
  • Empire & After: Colonial & Postcolonial Literature

Third year compulsory modules:

  • Renaissance Literature
  • Romanticism
  • Voices of America: American Literature 1890-1950
  • Dissertation
  • One elective module from the following options:
    -Contemporary Women’s Writing
    -Victorian Fantasy and Gothic Writing
    -Urban Visions: Literature & The City (not all elective modules are offered every academic year).

 

Career Opportunities

Studying English will equip students with transferable skills that can be used in a wide range of contexts. They will be able to understand and analyse complex ideas and to present their ideas clearly and logically. This will give them a sound basis for a career in areas such as the civil service, teaching and research, journalism, editorial work with major publishers, social work training and advertising.

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