English Literature and Film Studies  

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

The course at Keele gives students a chance to study cinema and literature alongside each other, considering important connections and differences between these art forms.

Combined Honours

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UCAS code: QP33

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Course Overview

English Literature and Film Studies

School link:
School of Humanities

Literature and film continue to draw on and support each other, whether this is the adaptation of classics for the screen or the shared methods and approaches we use to analyse genre, identity, and style in films, television shows, plays, and novels. You will gain a deep understanding of the history of cinema and of literature, and we place emphasis on how creative texts in both forms relate to their social and cultural situations, whether this means understanding how writers have responded to contemporary concerns or how films have depicted race, class, and gender.

Selecting from a range of modules covering literature and film from across different time periods and national cultures, you will develop advanced skills in analysis. You will have opportunities to draw on Keele’s wide strengths to study (for example) film music or documentaries; and you can specialise as you progress through the degree. 

What will this mean for my future?

Studying English literature, film, and television at Keele will set you up for many careers, some closely related to these subjects and some that draw on the unique skills that you will develop and apply to new areas. For example, you may enter the creative industries, writing your own material, whether this is fiction or poetry, screenplays or journalism. The degree gives you an appreciation for the conditions in which literary and screen texts are produced, giving you an open-minded, inquisitive approach to problems, as well as the practical, conceptual, and analytical skills required to provide solutions that take account of many factors. You will also be able to communicate complex ideas effectively to different kinds of audience, producing persuasive arguments informed by careful research. These skills prepare you for careers in local and national government, marketing, and management. You could take further study to qualify as a teacher, lecturer, or work in the legal profession. 

Indicative modules

First year

  • Reading Literature
  • Introduction to Television Studies
  • Becoming a Critic
  • Reading Film
  • Popular British Cinema:From the 90s to the Present Day
  • Film Texts and Contexts I: Film History and Theory

Second year

  • Adaptation
  • Teenage Dreams: Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Theory
  • Documentary: Theory and Practice
  • Victorian Performances
  • Science Fiction Cinema: Utopias and Dystopias
  • Writing Genre and Mode

Third year

  • Dissertation in English and/or in Film
  • Words and Pictures: the Contemporary American Graphic Novel
  • Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory
  • Gender and Power in Restoration Literature
  • Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation
  • Parody in British Film and Television