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1st Year Modules


Tutors Overview Code
Modes of Writing
Mode: Face to Face (Term 1); Online (Term 2)
2:30 to 4 OR 4:30 to 6
G53 Millburn House
Seminars begin in Week One (7/10/2020). Groups TBC.
Convenor: David Morley
David Morley
Nell Stevens
Lucy Brydon

This module is available to first year QW38 English Literature and Creative Writing students ONLY. This is a core module for first-year undergraduates reading for the degree QW38 English Literature and Creative Writing. The module is 100% fully assessed. The module complements The Written World and prepares you for the more specialist writing modules in years two and three such as Composition and Creative Writing, The Practice of Poetry, The Practice of Fiction and The Personal Writing Project. The module also complements other academic optional modules in which writing, imitation, rhetoric or translation may be practised or studied.

New code for 2020-21: CW101

Old code: EN124

The Written World
Mode: Face to Face
10 to 11:30 or 12 to 1:30
G55 Millburn House
Seminars begin in Week Two (16/10/2020). Groups TBC.
NB: Week One Lecture, Mon 5 Oct, 3 to 4 p.m., online on Teams.
Convenor: Chantal Wright
Instructors: Dr Giulia Champion (Term 1)
Arianna Autieri (Term 2)

This module will introduce students on the BA in English Literature and Creative Writing to ideas and theories from literary studies, linguistics, critical theory, translation studies and cultural studies that will underpin more specialised scholarly and creative study in the second and third years. You will study some of the writing and concepts that shape our understanding of the purpose, complexities and challenges of reading, writing, translating and interpreting literature in the present day. Each week pairs a conceptual text or texts with a literary text or texts to enable students to consider the relationship between abstract ideas/concepts/theories and concrete literary and cultural products and contexts.

New code for 2020-21: CW102

Old code: EN127

Core Modules that you will take in the Dept. of English & Comparative Literary Studies
Title Overview
Epic into Novel

On this module you will delve into some of the great works of literary history. Tracking the transition from the epics of the ancient world to the novels of modernity, you will study a selection of the most influential and formative works in world literature. Reading across history and cultures, between languages and genres, you will develop your skills in analysing narrative, character, and style, and lay the foundations for your future studies in literature.

Texts you might encounter include two of the cornerstone works of the classical world, Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid, the ancient Indian epic The Mahabharata, Milton’s poem of the battle between good and evil, Paradise Lost, Henry Fielding’s bawdy comedy Tom Jones, or Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o’s novel of decolonising Kenya, Petals of Blood.

Medieval to Renaissance English Literature

This course gives you the opportunity to discover some of the most significant earlier works of English literature in their social and historical contexts, including Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

Taking you from the mythical court of King Arthur to the real world of ambition, intrigue, and danger in the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the course introduces you to texts in a range of genres (romance, epic, fabliau, etc) and poetic forms. The works studied express some of the period’s highest ideals—‘trawthe’ or integrity, holiness—as well as exploring some of humanity’s darkest impulses: greed, deception, revenge, and aggressive sexual desire.

You will develop your skills in close reading of earlier forms of English as well as tackling some of the critical themes broached by these texts, including the value and power of literature itself.

Please note: We update our modules every year based on availability and demand, and we update our course content too. The content on these pages give you a really strong indication of what your course will offer, but given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. Read our terms and conditions to find out more.