In your second year, we’ll introduce you to key concepts in publishing history. You’ll examine the ways that knowledge has been captured, stored, retrieved, disseminated, policed and suppressed, and consider how the development of different writing and printing technologies has changed the understanding of the self in relation to the world. You’ll discuss the creation, production, publication, distribution and reception of texts in their cultural, economic and technological contexts. You will also use your second year publishing
modules to prepare for your final project in your third year synthesizing
the creative, cognitive and presentation skills you have acquired
to reflect your personal aims and ambitions in relation to
directions for further study and possible career paths
BAPU533 Looking Ahead
In preparation for Stage 3, further study and employment, this module synthesizes creative, cognitive and presentation skills learned previously. Students prepare a written proposal, including a schedule of study, which draws upon previous learning and reflects personal aims and ambitions in relation to directions for further study and possible career paths. The exploration of personal aspirations and critical reflection culminates in a presentation.
In this module literary Romanticism, in its rich and problematic diversity, is introduced and explored through a consideration of imaginative conceptions of the individual in writing between 1790 and 1830. The study ranges through a selection of texts in verse ¿ lyric and narrative ¿ and prose - essayistic, theoretical and fictional.
ENGL506 Victorian Literature and Culture
This module aims to introduce students to the Victorian period through an examination of literature read in conjunction with a range of other contemporary cultural documents including scientific, sociological, psychological, political economic and aesthetic texts.
ENGL518 The Impact of Publishing: Understanding the Technologies of Knowledge
The module will provide an introduction to some of the key concepts in publishing history. It will look at the ways that knowledge has been captured, stored, retrieved, disseminated, policed and suppressed. It will consider how the development of different writing and printing technologies changed the understanding of the self and the self in relation to the world. It will discuss the creation, production, publication, distribution and reception of texts within their cultural, economic and technological contexts.
ENGL502 Gothic Fictions: Villains, Virgins, Vampires
This module looks at eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novels to trace the variety and scope of literary contributions to the Gothic. It begins by discussing the origins of the Gothic novel, then moves to the heyday of the genre in the revolutionary 1790s, on to authors writing in the early and mid-nineteenth century, through to the decadence of the 1890s.
ENGL503 Dramatic Writing
This course explores a wide range of dramatic writing and dramatic writing theory, integrating critical reading with creative writing projects. Class time will be spent discussing published authors/texts/productions, writing/reading theories, compositional processes, practical exercises, and student work.
ENGL505 Rakes, Rascals and Rudeness in the Eighteenth Century
Introduces historical & contemporary satirical theories; analyses satirical forms; enables critical engagement with the foundational associated modes: comedy, parody, irony and hyperbole.
ENGL509 Women and Romanticism
This module tests notions of `Romanticism¿ by asking how it looks different when viewed from a gendered perspective. The course incorporates well-known material and popular texts not normally encountered at undergraduate level. Developing knowledge of Romantic-era writing, the module attends to gendered norms, transgressions, and authorship.
ENGL510 Shakespeare and the Early Modern Stage
This module provides an introduction to many aspects of Shakespeare's plays with emphasis on the practice and practicalities of playwriting for the early modern stage and on Shakespeare's plays in performance. Students will also be introduced to a range of critical approaches to the plays, from Shakespeare's contemporaries to the present day.
ENGL511 Apocalypse and the Modern Novel
This module explores how fiction from the late nineteenth century to the present day has represented end of world scenarios. It will engage with issues of genre and form, and with appropriate historical and cultural contexts including the environment, spirituality, technology, and globalisation. Criticism and secondary sources pertaining to these issues, as well as to individual authors, will be considered alongside the primary texts.
ENGL513 World Literatures: Post-war to Present
This module examines literatures written in English from around the world. Focusing on the period from post-war to present, it will explore what literature can tell us about cultural imaginaries of world, globe and planet in an era in which global interactions have increasingly come to shape our lives.
ENGL516 American Novel
ENGL519 Working with Literature
While remaining focused on English and English and Creative Writing projects, this module will provide students with the opportunity to apply their literary and creative skills in a 'work-facing' environment.
ENGL520 Creative Nonfiction
This module introduces students to the key concepts and issues in contemporary works of creative nonfiction including autobiography, travel writing, essays and reportage. We will produce our own works of poetry, short story and nonfiction, and critically evaluate and contextualise them.
ENGL521 Re-Thinking Historical Fiction
This module aims to explore the interface between literature and history. Using key ideas in narrative theory and historiography, it will examine the ways in which narratives of history are crafted through literature and how literary texts can impact on our understanding and interpretation of history.