All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.
The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.
Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.
Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).
You will study recent film adaptations and appropriations of key Shakespeare plays produced and set in India, China, Japan and North America. You'll look at issues of intercultural adaptation, and consider what new insights can be brought to the performance and reimagination of Shakespeare's works by actors, directors and other creative practitioners in a variety of contemporary global contexts.
The Age of Chivalry and Romance
You'll learn about, and evaluate, the courtly medieval culture of chivalry and courtly love, then see how it was received in the 'real' world of later medieval England. Our guides for this are Sir Thomas Malory's Arthurian epic Morte Darthur and Geoffrey Chaucer's less respectful The Canterbury Tales.
Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature, c. 1530 - 1633
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.
Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson
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 learning about the political and philosophical background from which the poetry emerged.
Brief Encounters with the Victorians
This module examines shorter narratives of the Victorian period, written by some of the most influential authors of the 19th century. It also addresses key issues of the period relating to industrialisation, class, gender and imperialism.
Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters
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 representations, including such as art and film.
The Child in British and American Literature and Culture
Develop insights into the ways in which the contradictory image of the child has been represented in literary texts in Britain and America from the 19th century through to the present day.
Exploratory Practice 1
This module focuses on the skills for developing a production, including textual and thematic context, practical methodology, creative concept, planning and time management.
Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama
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.
Sentiment and Scandal: Literature of the Long 18th Century
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.
British and American Modernism
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.
Written on the Body: Rethinking Gender and Sexuality
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, and The Handmaid’s Tale), new masculinities (High Fidelity and Locke), lesbian and gay writing (Fun Home and Thom Gunn’s poetry), religion and the effect on the body (Minaret), as well as trans and intersex identities (Middlesex and The Passion of New Eve).