This programme provides opportunities to study cultures and societies through both literary and historical materials and approaches.
The teaching is shared between two groups of specialists within the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (from which the programme is organised), and History. It enables students to combine the study of literary texts with that of the social and political worlds in which they were made and circulated. Historians and literary critics sometimes read the same documents, but they have different approaches and employ different methods of analysis: this programme presents the opportunity to explore both approaches. The combination leads towards an understanding not simply of literature and history, but of culture and cultural studies.