In your final year, you’ll work creatively and
practically, devising or commissioning a publishing proposal and
carrying it through to publication, creating and editing content,
and identifying all stages of a small-scale project across a variety of
publishing platforms. You’ll study publishing as a business operating in an
international marketplace and, in partnership with the University
Press, learn to engage effectively with the different stages of the
publishing process from the initial idea for a new book to the final print or
digital product. The result will be an excellent showcase of
your publishing skills for a future employer.
ENGL601 Project in Critical Writing
The student will complete, under tutorial supervision, a project in critical writing in the form of a literary - critical dissertation based on an idea, theme, author/s, theoretical consideration etc: or a dissertation which arises from literary - critical interests connected to issues arising from the student's work in other English modules. Maximum length 12,000 words.
ENGL602 Project in Creative Writing
The student will complete, under tutorial supervision, a project in creative writing such as a collection of poetry, short stories, a longer piece of prose fiction, autobiography, travel writing or other suitable modes which may draw upon issues encountered in other English modules and which includes relevant literary-critical material. Maximum length 12,000 words.
ENGL608 American Crime Writing
This module considers the development of twentieth-century American crime fiction from hard-boiled detectives, to myths of the mafia, and postmodern reinventions of the genre. This module will explore the cultural contexts of American crime writing, prevailing conventions of the genre, as well as challenges to those conventions.
ENGL610 Reading Jane Austen - then and now
This module explores the cultural politics of Jane Austen's novels and of reading her work, both at the time it was written and now. Attending to social and historical contexts, the course selects some of Austen's major works, together with a selection of early and minor material and work by her contemporaries, to consider how we can read Austen as a novelist, as a political writer, and as a writer of `romance'.
ENGL617 Advanced Poetry Workshop
In this final year module we will examine a range of contemporary poetry and poetic theory as a way for students to advance their own composition of poems. Class time will be divided between seminar discussions of published poetry/theory, writing exercises, and workshops of student poetry.
ENGL618 Features Journalism Workshop
This module offers students an in-depth experience of professional writing. We will explore technique in features and literary journalism; music reviews, opinion columns and longer immersion features as well as other contemporary works of non-fiction feature writing, both short- and long-form, from sub-genres including profiles and interviews, autobiography and columns, travel writing, and reportage. We will learn to research and produce our own works of professional nonfiction and critically evaluate them.
ENGL621 Black Atlantic Literature and Culture: Race, Resistance, and Revolution
This module explores a range of black writing and cultural formations in transatlantic contexts. Adopting the critical paradigm of the 'Black Atlantic', the module investigates literary and cultural exchanges between Africa, Europe, North America and the Caribbean. It explores questions of identity formation, resistance, national memory, and knowledge hierarchies by examining different literary forms and cultural productions, ranging from nineteenth-century abolitionist texts through to contemporary fiction and memoir. In addition to introducing texts from various locations and time periods of the Black Atlantic, the module will also engage with theoretical perspectives concerning race, memory and nationhood, as well as recent critical work centred on decoloniality in relation to literary studies.
ENGL622 Brave New Worlds: Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Politics
Science Fiction seems to be a field or mode that is particularly difficult to define, in part because it crosses over with many other forms. But it is also one of the most popular types of literature easily ranging from the highbrow to the low. This module will explore SF writing since 1960, with a particular focus on the hybridity of the field and the ways in which it intersects with fantasy writing, to explore a range of political issues in the contemporary world. SF is ‘a wide-ranging, multivalent and endlessly cross-fertilizing cultural idiom.’ (Roberts, 2006, 2) But is it really concerned with the future, or in fact, driven by nostalgia to engage with the ways in which the past has constructed the present? The module will be thematically structured and will concentrate on Anglophone writing.