You can take modules in literature from Shakespeare to the present day, including texts outside the more familiar areas. There are also modules in literary theory and the history of ideas, ranging from classical philosophy to contemporary debates.

Option modules are offered in a wide range of topics such as contemporary writing, theatre studies, writing and gender, American literature, travel writing, Gothic, Romanticism, tragedy, and post-colonial writing. Through these modules you will develop a deep understanding of English society and literature’s place within it. You will also be able to relate the study of English literature to the broader context of Western history and thought.


This course considers English literary texts against their background in the history of ideas, the other arts and British culture. It aims to make the most of the School’s central London location – in the midst of galleries, museums, cinemas and theatres, and the urban landscape – as a resource for studying the social and theoretical issues relating to literature. If you take The Victorians module for example, you visit Tate Britain as part of your study to see the collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings.

The course is of interest to those whose first language is English and who have some prior experience of literature, as well as international students wishing to take or complete a degree in the UK. You could go on to a career in professional and/or creative writing, teaching, journalism or publishing; employers across a range of professions value the communication and critical thinking skills of English graduates.



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