BA English Literature and Creative Writing
Many leading critics and interpreters of literature have themselves had substantial experience of imaginative writing. This degree puts the practices of writing in different genres on an equal footing with critical and cultural-historical approaches to literature. While the primary aim is to help produce better readers as much as writers, it will be particularly valuable for those intending to pursue careers as authors, as well as careers in the media, advertising and teaching.
General university admissions requirements All applicants must possess a minimum level of competence in English Language and in Mathematics or a Science. A pass at Grade C or above in GCSE English Language and in Mathematics or a Science, or an equivalent qualification, fulfils this requirement. For some courses, requirements are above this University minimum, so you should check the relevant course-specific entry requirements in our hard copy prospectus which you can order online or browse on our online directory. We usually ask for candidates to show a broad base of study at GCSE level (or equivalent) with passes in at least five subjects from a range of disciplines.
BA English Literature and Creative Writing
-Modes of Writing: an Introduction.
–Literature in the Modern World, or students may take a literary course in a foreign language, where qualified, or take Italian for Beginners or Spanish for Beginners.
-Modes of Reading.
-Medieval to Renaissance Literature.
-Composition and Creative Writing.
-Romantic and Victorian Poetry.
-The Practice of Fiction or The Practice of Poetry or a personal writing project agreed with a Writing Programme tutor and approved by the Department.
-Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of his Time.
-The Practice of Fiction or The Practice of Poetry or one from a range of partly examined options, including European Theatre, Literary and Cultural Theory, US Writing and Culture 1780-1920 and 17th-Century Literature and Culture.
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In your first year you will gain the foundation you need to become a better reader and writer. In Modes of Writing we explore writing in different forms, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and writing for performance and new media. Through studying Medieval to Renaissance English Literature you will appreciate the context of contemporary beliefs and social developments. Epic into Novel shows you the building blocks of literary tradition in Europe and beyond. This module will give you an understanding of some of the great texts of classical and modern times. The Written World will introduce you to the outlines of literary theory where we focus on texts that are important as an emerging writer.
Most core modules in your first year are taught by means of one lecture and one seminar per week in terms one and two.
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As a second year you will progress to core module Composition and Creative Writing in which you explore and deepen your practice of fiction and nonfiction. You will take a module from before 1900, as well as any module from the English department or another University department.
In your second and third years, optional modules are normally taught by means of one seminar per week. Practising writers deliver teaching through workshops and seminars. Also, writers and publishers visit and work with you in our Writers’ Room, the first purpose-built space for writers in a UK university.
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In your final year you will progress to the Personal Writing Project, your opportunity to work one-to-one with a tutor of your choice on an extensive piece of writing in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, screenwriting or a genre of your choice. In addition you will select a global literature module as well as any module from English Literature, Creative Writing or another University department.
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