English Literature and Music 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

English Literature and Music bring together two of the most important forms of artistic expression. By studying English Literature and Music at Keele, you will develop as a critical thinker and a creative practitioner, and discover ways in which scholarly and creative approaches to these disciplines inform and enrich each other.

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 Music

School link:
School of Humanities

In English Literature you will explore the significance of texts within their originating cultures, periods and genres as well as their continuing influence. You might consider the historical, socio-political, economic, gender and geographical contexts of fiction, poetry, drama and even film, from the medieval period to the present day. You will have the opportunity, if you wish, to develop your skills as a creative writer, and you can take modules in Film Studies.

The Music strand of your degree will investigate music in a wide range of contexts. As well as focussing on the creation and performance of music, you’ll examine its meaning and uses in a diversity of styles, periods and traditions, through topics including history, aesthetics, music and narrative, and music’s social impact. You can also take a work placement module studying music in the community. Music at Keele is a hub of world-class musicologists, composers and performers, and the musical life on campus is rich and varied.

What will this mean for my future?

An English Literature and Music degree will enable you to develop a wide range of skills that can be used in many different careers. Some careers may require further study or training, but you might work as a teacher, journalist, editor, librarian, advertising copywriter, or arts administrator. You could work in orchestras, bands, a recording company, publishing, game design, film, radio and television. Our graduates also go into careers in marketing, research, broadcasting, and publishing. Many of our graduates choose to pursue further academic study.

Indicative modules

First year 

  • Reading Literature
  • Telling Tales
  • Playing Parts
  • Poetry Through Practice
  • Twentieth-Century Musics
  • Sound Recording
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Popular Music

Second year 

  • Romanticisms
  • Post-War British Fiction and Poetry
  • The Renaissance
  • Unheard Melodies? Music in the Narrative Film
  • Indian Music; Chamber Music; Music in the Community (work placement module).

Third year 

  • Sex, Scandal and Society
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Contextual Studies: Approaches to Music Analysis
  • Music, Conflict and Social Change

You can take a dissertation in English Literature and/or Music. Music also offers assessment by composition or recital. 

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

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 - 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

 

Music Year 1 (Level 4)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music. You MUST take both compulsory modules and at least one optional module, thereby accumulating a minimum of 45 credits in Music in year 1. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

You may also take up to 30 credits (to make a total of 120 credits for the year) selected either from additional Music or Music Technology modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Twentieth-Century Musics

15

Instrumental Lessons

15

Music Theory

15

n.b. a maximum of 3 of the following 4 modules will be delivered

 
   

Ensemble Performance

15

   

Introduction to Composition

15

   

World Musics

15

   

Popular Music

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

 

Music Year 2 (Level 5)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music. You MUST take two Optional modules from group A (30 credits), and at least a further one module from anywhere within groups A or B (15 credits), thereby accumulating a minimum of 45 credits in Music in year 2.  You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

You may also take up to 30 credits (to make a total of 120 credits for the year) selected either from additional Music or Music Technology modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

n.b. a maximum of 7 of the following 9 modules will be delivered from groups A and B

Optional modules group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Indian Music

15

Intermediate Composition

15

Unheard Melodies? Music in the Narrative Film

15

Music in the Community OR Peripatetic Teaching

15

Music in German Culture

15

Chamber Music

15

Theory and Analysis

15

Solo Performance

15

   

Orchestration

15

 

 

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

   

 

Music Year 3 (Level 6)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music with an Independent Study Portfolio (ISP) in at least one of the principal subjects of your combined degree. You MUST take as a minimum either one of the Music ISPs from Optional module group A, along with one 15-credit Optional module from group B, OR three 15-credit Optional modules from group B. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

You may also take up to 30 credits (to make a total of 120 credits for the year) selected either from additional Music or Music Technology modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

n.b. If you choose to take 60 or 75 credits in Music in year 3 then you may also take two ISPs in Music (60 credits).

Optional modules group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Dissertation (ISP)

30

Approaches to Music Analysis

15

Composition 2 (ISP)

30

Contextual Studies

15

Recital (ISP)

30

EITHER Music Ethnography OR Music, Conflict and Social Change

15

   

Composition 1

15

* You cannot take Composition 1 AND Composition 2 (ISP).

 

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 Music in your final year you will study the following modules:

You MUST take a minimum of 90 credits in Music. In year 3 you MUST take a Music ISP (Independent Study Portfolio) from group A (30 credits) AND either two 15-credit Optional modules from group B OR another ISP from group A (30 credits). You must also take a further 30 credits from anywhere within groups A, B or C.

N.B. Option group C comprises modules that form part of the Music Technology programme, and may require specific pre-requisites relating to Music Technology modules available as options in years 1 and 2.

You must complete a total of 120 credits in year 3, with the remaining 60 credits being selected either from additional Music/Music Technology modules listed in groups A, B and C, or from the range of free-standing Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Optional modules group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Dissertation (ISP)

30

Approaches to Music Analysis

15

Composition (ISP)

30

Contextual Studies

15

Recital (ISP)

30

EITHER Music Ethnography OR Music, Conflict and Social Change

15

   

Composition 1

15

       
   

Optional modules group C

 
   

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP)

30

   

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1

15

   

Colloquia in Electroacoustic Music

15

   

Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation

15

   

Music Programming

15

   

Music Programming ISP

30

* You cannot take Composition 1 AND Composition 2 (ISP).

** You cannot take Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1 AND Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP).

***You cannot take Music Programming AND Music Programming ISP

 

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 Music.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • 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