English Literature and History 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

English and History at Keele achieved 94% student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey. Our research in History is among the best in the UK, rated highly for research impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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Course Overview

English Literature and History

School link:
School of Humanities

Great novels, poems, plays or short stories do not come out of nowhere. They are shaped by and reflect the historical and social circumstances of the times in which they were written and in many cases they make vital contributions to our understanding of those times. Keele has a strong tradition of studying literary texts within their historical contexts and this programme provides the perfect combination if you want to deepen your understanding of the times in which works of literature were produced.

History at Keele has internationally recognised expertise in world history from 400AD to the present day and English has strengths in medieval literature, early modern literature, eighteenth and nineteenth century British and American literature, modernism, and post-war and contemporary literature. 

What will this mean for my future?

Our graduates have gone on to work in teaching, journalism, media, the civil service, the heritage and museum sector, local government and management. Around a quarter of our graduates go on to take higher degrees and the degree opens the doors to many other higher education opportunities with many choosing to stay at Keele.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Reading Literature
  • Becoming a Critic
  • Historical Research and Writing
  • Medieval Europe
  • Modern History
  • Princes and Peoples: European History, 1490-1700

Second year

  • Romanticisms, 1780-1830
  • Age of Shakespeare and Donne
  • Victorian Performances
  • Post-War British Fiction
  • State and Empire in Britain, 1530-1720
  • Saints and Society in Medieval Europe
  • Imperialism and Empire
  • English Radicals and Writers
  • Power in the Modern World

Third year

  • Dissertation in English Literature
  • Edward II
  • Gender and Sexuality in Victorian Britain
  • Building Modernity: A History of the Skyscraper
  • Creative Writing Portfolio
  • History Dissertation

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

History - A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about History modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

English Literature Year 1 (Level 4)

In Year 1 (Level 4), Combined Honours students take one compulsory module in each semester, plus one optional module, giving a minimum total of 45 credits in English modules. Students can choose to take further modules, which can but need not include English Literature optional modules.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Reading Literature

15

Telling Tales

15

Composition

15

Starting Out: An Introduction to American Literature

15

   

New York, New York

15

   

Poetry through Practice

15

   

Playing Parts

15

   

Fiction through Practice

15

   

Transatlantic Gothic

15

 

History Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Defining Moments in History, c.1000-2000

30

Modern History

15

 

 

History, Media and Memory

15

   

Medieval Europe

15

   

Princes and Peoples: European History

c. 1490-1700

15

   

Anglo-Saxon England

15

   

American Past (AMS-coded)

15

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

English Literature Year 2 (Level 5)

In Year 2 (Level 5), Combined Honours students take a minimum of 45 credits in English Literature approved optional modules. Students can choose further modules, which can but need not include English Literature optional modules.

Optional modules

Credits

Romanticisms, 1780-1830

15

Writing Genre and Mode

15

Victorian Performances

15

Twentieth-Century British Fiction and Poetry

15

Revolution and Restoration

15

Medieval Literature

15

The Renaissance: Shakespeare and Beyond

15

Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose

15

 

History Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Sources and Debates

15

State & Empire in Britain, c.1530- c.1720

15

   

Castle and Cloister in Medieval Europe, c. 900-1250

15

   

Right-Wing Movements in Interwar-Europe 1918-1938

15

   

Imperialism & Empire

15

   

Power in the Modern World

15

   

Natural Cultures: Humans and their Environments since 1700

15

   

The History of the Camp: From the GULAG to The Jungle

15

   

New World in Chains1

15

   

History of the US in C201

15

1 These modules have a module code starting ‘AMS-‘

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

English Literature Year 3 (Level 6)

In Year 3 (Level 6), students take either the English Literature Dissertation module, Creative Writing portfolio (or the dissertation module in their other subject), studied in both semesters and worth 30 credits. Students can choose further modules, which can but need not include English Literature optional modules.

Optional  modules

Credits

Optional  modules

Credits

Dissertation in English Literature (ISP)

30

Film Noir

15

Creative Writing Portfolio (ISP)

30

Freedom and Death

15

Literature and Society

15

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

15

Postcolonial and World Literature in English

15

Shakespearean Stages

15

Contemporary British Fiction

15

Writing at the Borders

15

Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation

15

 Modernist Manifestos and Magazines

15

Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth- Century Writing

15

High Culture: Drink, Drugs, and the American Dream

15

The Alcohol Question

15

Words and Pictures: The Contemporary American Graphic Novel

15

Writingscapes

15

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

15

Gender and Power in Restoration Literature

15

   

Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory

15

   

The Canadian Metropolis

15

   

Modernist Manifestos and Magazines

15

   

 

History Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

None

 

Dissertation

30

   

The English Civil War, c.1640-46

15

   

Health, illness and Medicine 1628-1808

15

   

Urban Lives in Modern Europe 1890-1914

15

   

Religion, Rebellion and the Raj

15

   

Gender and Sexuality in Georgian Britain

15

   

The Making of Middle Britain: A Northumbrian Nativity

15

   

Doctors and medicine 1808-1886

15

   

The Making of Contemporary Africa, I

15

   

Negotiating Nationalisms

15

   

Crisis, Conflict and Commerce 1

15

   

Spirituality and Social Change in the Eleventh Century, I

15

   

Urban Lives in Modern Europe, 1914-1939

15

   

Crisis, Rupture and Opportunity: German ‘Modernity’, 1900-1933 I

15

   

Eyes on the Prize: The Struggle for Civil Rights in America (AMS-coded)

15

   

Violence and Power in Civil War America

(AMS-coded)

15

   

The whole United States is southern! The Modern South and America (AMS-coded)

15

   

Violence and Power in Antebellum America

(AMS-coded)

15

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in English Literature in your final year you will study the following 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

Lyric Poetry 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

   

Contemporary British Fiction

15

Writingscapes

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.

 

If you choose to specialise in History in your final year you may study the following modules:

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation

30

The English Civil War, c.1640-46

15

   

Health, illness and Medicine 1628-1808

15

   

Urban Lives in Modern Europe 1890-1914

15

   

Religion, Rebellion and the Raj

15

   

Gender and Sexuality in Georgian Britain

15

   

The Making of Middle Britain: A Northumbrian Nativity

15

   

Doctors and medicine 1808-1886

15

   

The Making of Contemporary Africa, I

15

   

Negotiating Nationalisms

15

   

Crisis, Conflict and Commerce 1

15

   

Spirituality and Social Change in the Eleventh Century, I

15

   

Urban Lives in Modern Europe, 1914-1939

15

   

Crisis, Rupture and Opportunity: German ‘Modernity’, 1900-1933 I

15

   

Eyes on the Prize: The Struggle for Civil Rights in America (AMS)

15

   

Violence and Power in Civil War America

(AMS)

15

   

The whole United States is southern! The Modern South and America (AMS)

15

   

Violence and Power in Antebellum America

(AMS)

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 History such as English Literature or Politics.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as Criminology or Film Studies.
  • 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