Depending on whether the course is taken as a joint Honours or a major/minor combination, the balance of the two subject areas varies. There is also the opportunity to take two modules in language teaching. In Year 3 you can complete a dissertation in English language or English literature.
The combination of English language and English literature will appeal if you are interested in the reciprocity between language study and the reading of literary texts. It is a course that prepares you in detailed textual reading from analytical and aesthetic points of view, and would be particularly suitable for those considering a career in editing, teaching English, or in any field in which writing style or the presentation of text is central. The course will provide you with an understanding of stylistic and grammatical issues, and of the principles of textual analysis.
YEAR 1 (CREDIT LEVEL 4)
Subjects of study concentrate on knowledge of English language structure, words and their meanings, and an understanding of different texts and genres.
YEAR 2 (CREDIT LEVEL 5)
Subjects of study include the history of English, varieties of English around the world, and discourse analysis.
YEAR 3 (CREDIT LEVEL 6)
Subjects of study include English es of the British Isles, language and gender, and a close study of the language of a specific author.
You will be able to take modules in literature from Shakespeare to the present day, including texts from outside the usual tradition. There are also modules in literary theory and the history of ideas, ranging from classical philosophy to contemporary debates. Option modules are available in a wide range of topics such as contemporary writing, theatre studies, writing and gender, travel writing, American literature, Gothic, Romanticism, and post-colonial writing.
Through these modules you will develop a deep understanding of English society and literature’s place within it, by investigating the codes and conventions that have emerged in a variety of social and historical contexts and the ways in which these have guided both literary and non-literary representation. You will also be able to relate the study of English literature to the broader context of Western history and thought.
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