Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

English and American Literature and Culture

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: QT37

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Literature Lab

    <p>In this practical module, you'll acquire essential skills for the study of literature, as well as academic skills. In a relaxed workshop environment, you'll practise close reading (poetry, fiction, drama), while also developing your skills in essay writing, presenting, academic research and referencing.</p>

  • Transformative Texts in American Literature

  • Travels in Text and Time

    <p>Time-travelling across three centuries of English literature, this modules introduces you to key English writers and works, from Chaucer&rsquo;s The Wife of Bath&rsquo;s Prologue and Tale, and the late medieval play, Everyman, to Shakespeare&rsquo;s A Midsummer Night&rsquo;s Dream, and Milton&rsquo;s Paradise Lost. Breaking down barriers between medieval and Renaissance literature, it groups texts according to theme and explores how these themes develop in plays and poems written centuries apart.</p>

  • America in Theory

Optional modules

  • Classics of British Children’s Literature

  • Reading Fiction

    <p>This module explores the techniques, conventions and developments of the novel from the 18th century to the contemporary. You'll engage with relevant social, historical and political contexts and focus particularly on authors ranging from Austen to Ondaatje.</p>

  • American History – Birth of a Nation

  • Approaches to Poetry

    <p>This module introduces you to different forms of poetry from the Renaissance to the present day, via a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars.</p>

  • Drama and Performance

    <p>You'll be introduced to a range of plays, ancient and modern, each of which is a theatrical and cultural landmark, often a provocative one. The selected plays helped shape not only theatrical practice but also our understanding of what it is to be human, both now and in the past.</p>

  • Literature in a Digital Age

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Optional modules

  • The Age of Chivalry and Romance

  • American Rebels: Reading 20th Century US Counterculture

  • Brief Encounters with the Victorians

    <p>This module examines shorter narratives of the Victorian period written by some of the most influential authors of the 19th century, and addresses key issues of the period relating to industrialisation, class, gender and imperialism.</p>

  • British and American Modernism

    <p>'Make it new' (Ezra Pound): explore a diverse, fascinating and radical period in English and American Literature, considering authors on both sides of the Atlantic who were committed to revolutionary change. Featured writers include T S Eliot, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, D H Lawrence, F Scott Fitzgerald, Katherine Mansfield and Hilda Doolittle.</p>

  • The Child in British and American Literature

  • Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature, c. 1530 - 1633​

    <p>You'll study the development of the most passionate and erotic representations of love and desire in English poetry and drama over a century, from the 1530s to the 1630s, learning how English writers, such as Shakespeare, Marlowe, Sidney, Spenser and Donne, responded to and developed formal and thematic conventions from earlier European poetic traditions.</p>

  • Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson

    <p>You will study Romanticism, a movement which gave birth to some of the greatest poetry in the English language. You'll be introduced to the different genres of Romantic poetry, while at the same time learning about the political and philosophical background from which the poetry emerged.</p>

  • Cold War Culture

  • Modern Art in America

  • Themes in American Photography

  • American Gothic

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: Creative Enterprises

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

    <p>This module returns Shakespeare to the vibrant theatrical milieu of late 16th- and early 17th-century London, where we encounter him as one among a number of inventive and influential playwrights of the time. It introduces groundbreaking plays of exceptional emotional reach and imaginative daring, written in a range of popular genres, during a golden age of English theatre.</p>

  • Sentiment and Scandal: Literature of the Long 18th Century

    <p>Explore sentiment and satire, sensibility and scandal in a module which focuses upon the diversity, innovations and influence of 18th-century poetry, drama and fiction.</p>

  • Reinventing Literature, 1950 to Now

  • Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters

    <p>You'll examine cultural encounters between travellers and the cultures they visit through a study of the literature of travel, including fictional accounts and visual representation, including art and film.</p>

  • Written on the Body: Rethinking Gender and Sexuality

    <p>This module takes a fresh look at contemporary human relations with a focus on sexuality, gender and the body. You'll study novels, poetry and films dealing with abuse and enslavement (Beloved, The Handmaid&rsquo;s Tale), new masculinities (High Fidelity, Locke), lesbian and gay writing (Fun Home, Thom Gunn&rsquo;s poetry), religion and the effect on the body (Minaret), as well as trans and intersex identities (Middlesex, The Passion of New Eve).</p>

  • Documenting America: Themes in American Nonfiction Film

  • Musical-Made America

  • Reagan’s Polarised America: a Cultural Study of the USA in the 1980s

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Dissertation/Project Preparation

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Authorship and Identity in Renaissance Literature

    <p>You will study how English writers from the Renaissance period (1579 to 1645), both male and female, canonical and more obscure, deliberately fashion themselves as &lsquo;authors&rsquo;, in relation to previous writers and works from both Classical and Early Modern European literary traditions. The module will introduce you to important techniques such as imitation and translation, and will provide an overview of significant European writers and sources, before focusing on the following English authors: Edmund Spenser, Samuel Daniel, Lady Mary Sidney Herbert, Aemilia Lanyer, Lady Mary Wroth, Elizabeth Carey, Ben Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher, and John Milton.</p>

  • Contemporary Fiction

  • The Courtly

  • Crime Fiction

  • Gothic

  • Literary Heritage: The 19th Century Today

  • Playing God: Late Medieval Drama, from Page to Stage

    <p>This module explores the vibrant drama of late medieval England, focusing on the street plays performed in cities like York and Chester, on morality plays performed indoors before paying audiences, and on political plays performed in the households of royalty and nobility. Alongside study in seminars of the text of each play, you'll have the opportunity to reimagine these plays in performance, using theatre workshops, field trips and play archives, to bring late medieval drama to life.</p>

  • Post 9/11 Literature of the US

  • Speaking Pictures: Literature and the Visual Arts

  • Unruly Subjects and Renaissance Texts

    <p>Our subject is unruliness: how it was defined, represented, attacked and, on occasion, defiantly celebrated in later 16th- and early 17th-century English literature. The focus is on writing which was regarded with suspicion by the authorities, treats controversial issues of the day (such as rebellion, sexual misconduct, cross-dressing and witchcraft) and incorporates socially marginal figures whose irreducible and unruly humanity challenges us to reflect on their marginalisation and on those who are similarly marginalised in our times.</p>

  • The Globalisation of American Culture: International Perspectives on America as a Cultural Superpower

  • History of Hollywood Horror

  • ​“Mi Raza Primero!” Mexican American History and Culture​

  • MOMA: Creating the Culture of Art in America

  • American Slavery in Literature and Film

  • Childhood Trauma and Its Aftermath in Contemporary Fiction

  • Crossing the Line: Frontiers, Coasts and Borders in the Literature of America

  • Shakespearean Transformations

    <p>You will explore how Shakespeare borrowed and adapted plays - now anonymous - which had entered the dramatic tradition. You will consider Shakespeare's plays, from all genres, in the light of theories of adaptation, imitation, conversion and originality.</p>

  • Secrets and Lies: Victoria Decadence and Degeneration

  • Special Author

  • Writing the Revolution: Sex, Religion and Politics in the Literature of 17th-century England

  • American History by Hollywood

  • Conspiracy Culture: the Paranoid Style in US Politics, Society and Culture

  • Disney Studies

  • Doin’ Time: American Prison Culture of the 20th and 21st Centuries

  • Radical Culture in the Red Decade

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More about this course

From Hull to Hollywood, deepen your understanding of the culture and history of the British Isles and the United States, past and present. Our staff are experts in their field, and their research underpins the diverse range of modules available. You’ll study topics in a range of disciplines including literary studies, cultural studies, film and television studies, visual studies and history.

Inspiration is everywhere, on and off campus. Philip Larkin, Winifred Holtby and Andrew Marvell are among the notable figures who have left their literary mark on the city. Writing and writers are also central to the legacy of Hull’s status as UK City of Culture in 2017, and our programmes will provide you with exciting opportunities to be part of the literary and creative scene at the University – and beyond.

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Study English in the city described as the most poetic in England, where Philip Larkin wrote most of his best work.

Become part of the thriving literary and creative scene at the University and beyond.

Ranked the best in the country for student satisfaction in the 2018 Complete University Guide.

Hull pioneered American Studies in the UK and boasts one of the finest collections of resources.

Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 120 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

120 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

We maintain close links with graduate employers and we find that our graduates are extremely adaptable to the many career opportunities open to them. Some take the traditional employment routes of arts students – journalism, teacher training and the public services, for example – but many begin careers in commerce and industry. Recent graduates have found employment with the following public and private sector organisations: East Riding of Yorkshire Council, J.Sainsbury, Marks and Spencer and the Ministry of Justice.

Others choose to continue their studies as postgraduates, so you may be interested in what we offer at MA, MPhil and PhD levels.