English Literature 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Engage imaginatively with a wide range of contemporary and historical literature, focusing particularly on tradition, innovation, and diversity. At Keele we know that English literature is literature written in English, and this can originate from many places: the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

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

UCAS code: Q300

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Course Overview

English Literature

School link:
School of Humanities

So at Keele, you’ll explore the significance of texts within their originating cultures and historical periods and explore a range of approaches to literary study. You’ll consider the historical, socio- political, economic, gender and geographical contexts of fiction, poetry and drama from the medieval period to the present day.

 

You might explore links between literature and film, or engage with exciting new genres such as the graphic novel. You’ll become an imaginative and critical thinker as you explore subjects such as the importance of story, the novel, writing for the screen, post-colonialism, depictions of maternity and scandal. You can choose to spend a semester or a whole additional year at a partner university abroad.

What will this mean for my future?

Study English at Keele and you’ll graduate with a wide range of skills – in research, oral and written communication, presentation – as well as excellent opportunities for the future. Some careers may require further study or training, but you might work as a teacher, journalist, editor, librarian, advertising copywriter, solicitor, arts administrator or

writer. You could go into marketing, research, broadcasting, publishing, the compiling of dictionaries, or teaching English as a foreign language.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Composition
  • Reading Literature
  • Telling Tales
  • Playing Parts
  • Starting Out: An Introduction to American Literature
  • Reading Film
  • Poetry Through Practice
  • Transatlantic Gothic
  • Fiction Through Practice

Second year

  • Romanticisms
  • Victorian Performances
  • Post-War British Fiction and Poetry
  • The Renaissance: Shakespeare and Beyond
  • Medieval Literature
  • Revolution and Restoration

Third year

  • Dissertation in English Literature
  • Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth-Century Writing
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation
  • Post-colonial and World Literature in English
  • Writingscapes

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

 

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

30

60

90

0

30

2

60

30

60

0

30

3

45

45

75

0

30

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

In Year 1 (Level 4), Single Honours students take one compulsory module in each semester, plus four (out of the six) optional modules, giving a minimum total of 90 credits in English modules. Students can choose to take further modules, which can but need not include English optional modules.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Reading Literature

15

Telling Tales

15

Composition

15

Starting Out: An Introduction to
American Literature

15

   

Playing Parts

15

   

Transatlantic Gothic

15

   

Fiction through Practice

15

   

Poetry through Practice

15

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

In Year 2 (Level 5), students take two compulsory modules and one optional module in each semester, making 90 credits of English-approved modules. Students can choose further modules, which can but need not include English optional modules.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Romanticisms, 1780-1830

15

Medieval Literature

15

The Renaissance: Shakespeare and Beyond

15

From Modernity to Counter-culture: American Literature and Social Criticism in the C20

15

Victorian Performances

15

The Romance of Fiction: History and Society in C19 American Literature

15

Twentieth-Century British Fiction and Poetry

15

Work Placement Module

15

   

Revolution and Restoration

15

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

In Year 3 (Level 6), students take the English Dissertation module, studied in both semesters and worth 30 credits, the compulsory module Literature and Society in semester two and either (i) the Creative Writing Portfolio, which is also studied in both semesters and worth 30 credits, along with at least one optional module, or (ii) at least three optional modules. Students can choose further modules, which can but need not include English optional modules.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation in English Literature

30

Creative Writing Portfolio

30

Literature and Society

15

Film Noir

15

   

Wild Woods and Wide Words: British and American Children’s Fiction

15

Optional modules

Credits

Words and Pictures

15

Writing at the Borders

15

The Canadian Metropolis

15

Gender and Power in Restoration Literature

15

High Culture: Drink, Drugs, and the American Dream

15

Postcolonial and World Literature in English

15

Writingscapes

15

Contemporary British Fiction

15

   

That womb where you imprison’d were: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternity in the Early Modern Period

15

   

Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation

15

   

The Alcohol Question

15

   

Shakespearean Stages

15

   

Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth- Century Writing

15

   

Modernist Manifestos and Magazines

15

   

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to English Literature such as American Studies, Film Studies or History.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as Media, Culture and Creative Practice.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Free standing modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az