Literature at UEA is vivid, contentious and alive: mixing passion, politics and play. Our BA in English Literature gives you a first-class grounding in literature from the Middle Ages to the present, while encouraging you to approach texts in imaginative and original ways. You’ll study in England’s first UNESCO City of Literature and be taught by international experts, as well as by prize-winning poets, novelists, biographers and literary translators. You will be fascinated by the ways literature can move us to laughter, tears or political action. You may be a private bookworm, or you may be a passionate advocate for literature in the world: either way, you are convinced that literature matters. You may have a job in the media or the creative industries in your sights, or be set on a career in business, journalism or marketing. We welcome students with non-traditional qualifications and experience, including mature students – anyone who values the critic’s craft as much as the creative writer’s. On the English Literature BA you will gain a thorough grounding in writing throughout history, from the medieval period to the present, covering the Arthurian tradition, Shakespeare and Milton, to Austen, the Brontës and Joyce, right up to the novelists, poets and playwrights of today, such as Zadie Smith, Mohsin Hamid and Claudia Rankine. At the same time, you’ll study a range of innovative approaches and specialist topics, and explore new angles on well-loved classics. You will learn to formulate and defend your own position articulately in weekly seminars. Meanwhile you’ll hone your reading and learn to write with precision, authority and flair through independent study, essays, project work and presentations. And you’ll develop a variety of other transferable skills, including the ability to analyse and interpret complex information, and to manage your time. On graduation you’ll be in demand from employers in the arts, media, publishing and politics, charities and NGOs, teaching and the commercial sector. You’ll also be well placed to study for a higher degree. UEA’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing is famous for the quality and adventurous nature of its teaching. You’ll be part of an inspiring, interdisciplinary atmosphere, learning from specialists in English literature, many of whom write, perform and translate literature and drama themselves. You’ll learn through small group seminars, larger scale lectures, conferences, writing workshops, individual projects and dissertations. From the second year onwards, you have a real freedom to tailor your course by choosing optional modules to suit your own developing interests, expertise and aspirations. In the second year you might wish to widen your experience by studying abroad for a semester. Experiencing life in another culture and society will challenge you to be resourceful, open-minded and understanding. The Writers’ Centre provides internships, while our annual Working with Words event connects you with alumni working in arts-based careers.