English Literature and Creative Writing 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Balance the study of existing literature with developing your own writing skills across genres such as poetry, the novel, short fiction, drama and film.

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

UCAS code: Q3W8

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Course Overview

English Literature and Creative Writing

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School of Humanities

This course enables you to study English as both a critical and a creative discipline as you explore classic and contemporary works by other writers while finding your own voice as a writer. You’ll study literature from Shakespeare to the present day, with optional modules in subjects such as medieval, post-colonial, American and Canadian literatures, and film. You’ll learn about the creative processes and compile your own portfolios of creative writing, while sharing ideas with your fellow students in a vibrant community of Keele creative writers.

There are opportunities to spend a semester or a whole additional year at a partner university – which could be in Europe, Australia, Canada or the USA. In the beautiful surroundings of Keele Hall, you can enjoy readings from an exciting range of published poets and novelists. 

What will this mean for my future?

Studying English Literature and Creative Writing at Keele will enable you to develop a wide range of both subject-specific and transferable skills. These will open up a variety of exciting possible careers, whether directly related to the subject or not. You might go into publishing, journalism, teaching, advertising, or the broadcast media. Of course, you may want to pursue a career as a published writer, whether part-time or full-time. You could also choose to go on to higher study.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Reading Literature
  • Poetry through practice
  • Becoming a Critic
  • Fiction through Practice
  • Telling Tales
  • Playing Parts

Second year

  • Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose
  • The Renaissance: Shakespeare and Beyond
  • Postwar British Fiction and Poetry
  • The Romance of Fiction
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s America
  • Victorian Performances

 

Third year

  • Creative Writing Portfolio
  • Dissertation
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternity in the Early Modern Period
  • Writingscapes
  • The Canadian Metropolis

 

 

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

60

30

60

0

30

2

30

60

90

0

30

3

45

45

75

0

30

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 1 (Level 4)

In Year 1 (Level 4), English Literature and Creative Writing students must take two compulsory core modules in each semester, plus two optional modules, giving a minimum total of 90 credits in subject-approved modules.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Reading Literature

15

Telling Tales

15

Poetry through Practice

15

Starting Out: An Introduction to American Literature

15

Composition

15

Playing Parts

15

Fiction through Practice               

15

Transatlantic Gothic

15

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

In Year 2 (Level 5), students must take two compulsory modules and four optional modules, giving a minimum total of 90 credits in subject-approved modules. Students must choose further modules, which can but need not include English optional modules.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose

15

Romanticisms, 1780-1830

15

Writing Genre and Mode

15

The Renaissance: Shakespeare and Beyond

15

   

Medieval Literature

15

   

Twentieth-Century British Fiction and Poetry

15

   

Victorian Performances

15

   

Revolution and Restoration

15

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

In Year 3 (Level 6), students take the Creative Writing Portfolio, studied in both semesters and worth 30 credits, plus the core module Literature and Society. They then take at least three optional core modules, or the English or EAL Dissertation and a further optional module, giving a minimum total of 90 credits in subject-approved modules. Students must choose further modules, which can but need not include English optional modules.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Creative Writing Portfolio

30

Film Noir

15

Literature and Society

15

The Contemporary American Graphic Novel

15

   

Shakespearean Stages

15

Optional modules

 

High Culture: Drink, Drugs, and the American Dream

15

Modernist Manifestos and Magazines

15

Contemporary American Fiction

15

Postcolonial and World Literature in English

15

World Cinemas in the Twenty-First Century

15

Contemporary British Fiction

15

Either Dissertation in English or Dissertation in English and American Literature (EAL)

30

Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation

15

   

Gender and Power in Restoration Literature

15

   

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

15

   

Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth- Century Writing

15

   

The Alcohol Question

15

   

Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory

15

   

Writingscapes

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 and Literature and Creative Writing 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