English and American Literature 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Keele’s programme was a national first in the UK in 2001, and is now widely recognised as the leading course of its type in the country.

 

Single Honours
Study abroad
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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: TQ73

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Course Overview

English and American Literature

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School of Humanities

One of the attractions of studying literature at Keele is our international focus: tutors and students know that there are fascinating connections to be explored between different national literatures. This course is a good example of our international outlook.

The programme combines the distinctive strengths of English and American Studies, and looks at the contrasts and connections between two major national literary traditions. You’ll develop your critical arguments and technical analysis as you engage imaginatively and intellectually with literary texts from medieval literature to contemporary American graphic novels. You’ll examine the full chronological range of English and American literature, considering their direct intersections from the nineteenth century onwards. You can spend a semester at a partner university abroad – which might include the USA, Australia, the Netherlands or Canada.

What will this mean for my future?

One of the attractions of studying literature at Keele is our international focus: tutors and students know that there are fascinating connections to be explored between different national literatures. This course is a good example of our international outlook.

The programme combines the distinctive strengths of English and American Studies, and looks at the contrasts and connections between two major national literary traditions. You’ll develop your critical arguments and technical analysis as you engage imaginatively and intellectually with literary texts from medieval literature to contemporary American graphic novels. You’ll examine the full chronological range of English and American literature, considering their direct intersections from the nineteenth century onwards. You can spend a semester at a partner university abroad – which might include the USA, Australia, the Netherlands or Canada.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Reading Literature
  • Starting Out: An Introduction to American Literature
  • Becoming a Critic
  • Transatlantic Gothic: Studies in 19th Century English and American Literatures

Second year

  • The Romance of Fiction: History and Society in 19th Century American Literature
  • From Modernity to Counterculture: Literature and Social Criticism in 20th Century American Literature
  • Romanticisms
  • Post-War British Fiction and Poetry

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • High Culture: Drink, Drugs and the American Dream
  • Words and Pictures: the Contemporary American Graphic Novel
  • Writingscapes