Learn how different societies have shaped English literature, and how English literature has shaped society. Become a self-reliant researcher as well as developing the skills required for the modern world of work. Explore classic literary texts alongside genres including sc-fi and children’s literature Improve your writing skills, both critical and creative Engage with the global publishing industry Learn from the author who wrote the book on Studying English Literature Our BA (Hons) English Literature will help you understand the importance of English literature; how it is affected by the culture, language, technology and economics of the period, but also how it influences readers and society itself. By studying English literature, you will also be exploring a range of other subjects, including history, politics, philosophy, religion, psychology and the history of art. You will be encouraged to work and think independently, helping you become self-reliant and critically adaptive, with the ability to consider perspectives that are different to your own or to popular opinion. Some exercises will involve you in group work, presenting ideas and information or finding solutions to problems with others, promoting your interpersonal skills and your ability to negotiate. As well as developing skills such as literacy and communication, which are important for any future career, you will become well-versed in the specific methods of literary research, such as bibliographies, databases and information technology. Our optional modules will also give you the chance to practise and develop your own creative writing, as well as explore the processes of the modern publishing industry. Other options you can take include Writing World War One, Black British Fiction, Theorising Children’s Literature and Renaissance Magic. In Year 3, you can develop your own interests and independent research skills by undertaking a short or long Major Project on a subject of your choice, working with a member of staff with expertise in your chosen area. Your studies will be supported throughout the course by our team of English literature and writing experts. These include Course Leader Dr Tory Young, (author of Studying English Literature, a text used on many other University courses as well as our own), Dr Una McCormack (Star Trek The Fall: The Crimson Shadow and Doctor Who: Royal Blood), Professor Eugene Giddens (Lewis Carroll’sAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass: A Publishing History) and Professor Sarah Annes Brown (A Familiar Compound Ghost: Allusion and the Uncanny).