It is impossible to understand British literature in the modern period, or American literature in any period, without knowing something of the other nation’s culture. On this degree you’ll be able to focus on Anglo-American literary dialogue, while also exploring the many aspects of English and American literature which lie beyond it. This course is ideal for those who want to combine intellectual rigour with creative innovation. You will be excited by the idea of cultural, social and creative exchange, have a sharp analytical eye, an appreciation for the craft of the literary critic, and an interest in contemporary events, as well as their historical back stories. As with all our courses, we welcome mature students as well as those with non-traditional qualifications and experience. Our graduates go on to work in the arts, media, publishing and politics, charities and NGOs, teaching and the commercial sector, as well as going on to further study. Through lectures and small group seminars, you will learn the fundamental skills, issues and ideas of American and English Literature, as well as developing more specialist expertise. You’ll also hone your skills as a critical thinker and communicator. Through independent study, practical work and projects, you will gain confidence in your abilities as a researcher and thinker. You’ll also become adept at managing your time and workload effectively. Writing a dissertation in your third year will allow you to have one-to-one supervision from an expert as you take your academic enquiry to the next level. During your second year you can spend a semester abroad. This will enrich your awareness of cultural exchange as well as show potential employers that you’re self-reliant, adaptable and able to make new international connections. On this course you will encounter the teaching of two different departments: the interdisciplinary work of American Studies, and the more literary focus of the renowned School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. You will begin by taking introductory modules in both traditions. These will provide you with the context within which your future studies will unfold, prompting you to explore how American and British literatures inhabit two very different cultures. In years 2 and 3 you will have the chance to select your own options, building a unique programme to suit your interests, tastes and ambitions. You will be taught by international experts on periods from the Middle Ages to the present, as well as by prize-winning poets, novelists, biographers and literary translators.