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
  • Twentieth-Century 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
  • Post-colonial and World Literature in English
  • Writingscapes