Why Should You Take This Course?
If you love reading, watching plays and listening to poetry then English Literature is the ideal Course for you. We will be reading novels, plays and poetry written at different periods of history. We will analyse what makes them interesting, what ideas they convey and how they are written. We hope you will find this stimulating and enjoyable and that it will develop your ability to read literature thoughtfully and write effectively about it.
We offer a number of enrichment opportunities. This year we have planned theatre trips to see Jane Eyre at the National Theatre and Hamlet at the Barbican. For the 2016/17 academic year we are planning a trip to Florence, Italy to enrich our reading of A Room with a View.
In the first year you will study the following texts:
- A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Selected Poetry by Ted Hughes
- A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.
In the second year you will study the following texts:
- 1 Shakespeare text - Hamlet, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest or Othello
- Poetry Pre-1900 - Christina Rossetti, John Keats or John Donne.
- Poetry Post 1900 - Comparing Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath
- Drama Pre-1900 - Webster's The Duchess of Malfi
- Drama Post 1900 - Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire
- We will also explore unseen extracts from 1880-1910 and 1918-1939
- Coursework - Comparative essay on Jane Eyre and Atonement.
How will I be assessed?
In the first year:
- Two exams at the end of the year
- You will gain an AS in Language and Literature following successful completion of the first year.
In the second year:
- Three exams and a Coursework essay (3,000 words)
- You will gain a complete A Level following the successful completion of the second year.
Are there any special expenses?
The department will provide texts for Coursework but students will need to buy set texts studied for the exams if they need to write notes in them.
Optional theatre trips and study days may be arranged and cost between £10 and £30.
What could I do next?
English Literature is a highly regarded advanced qualification which is universally accepted for Higher Education and is looked at favourably by employers.