University of East Anglia

16 th
Young University Rankings 2013
=188 th
World University Rankings 2018
Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ, United Kingdom

Literature and History

Study literary texts and the social and political worlds they were created in. This degree is offered by UEA’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, in collaboration with our renowned School of History. You will learn from a diverse range of experts in each school on a programme that is both flexible and distinctive. This course is ideal for people who are motivated and stimulated by the idea of interdisciplinarity, and excited by the wealth of historical and literary culture present in Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. You’ll be keen to explore the rich archives of historical and literary material available to you here, from the famous ‘Boleyn Bible’ to the scrawled opening pages of a recent Ian Rankin thriller. We welcome students with non-traditional qualifications and experience, including mature students. After the course 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. On this degree you will hone your skills as a historian and a literary critic. You will dive into the great works of literature and examine them through the lens of their historical circumstances. You’ll also discover how literature shapes our view of historical events and sources. You will develop sophisticated critical skills and use them to understand the context not just of books, but of a range of creative work. You will graduate with a refined knowledge of history and literature and how they can shape each other, and define our culture and our lives. Historians and literary critics sometimes read the same documents, but they have different approaches and employ different methods of analysis. This course will give you the opportunity to explore both approaches. The combination will lead you towards an understanding not simply of literature and history, but of culture and cultural studies too. In learning the skills of close textual analysis and engaging with narrative form, you will become a historian with a marked sensitivity to sources and a lively and engaging writing style. As you encounter arguments about historical causality and assess conflicting accounts of historical events, you will become a literary critic, with a complex grasp of the social, political and cultural contexts in which literature is produced. You will learn from leading historians, literary critics and prize-winning writers who make up the faculty at UEA. On ‘bridge’ modules, taught by academics from both disciplines, you will gain a firm grounding in the core knowledge and methodologies essential to each subject, as well as discovering the interrelations between them. Alongside this you can choose from a diverse and exciting range of optional modules from both disciplines. You may wish to concentrate some of your work around the literature and history of a particular period or alternatively, you could focus on the history of a literary genre, or select modules that deal with topics such as feminist theory or visual culture. For your literature units, you might focus on a particular genre (such as satire), a theme (literature and desire, for example), a historical period (contemporary fiction, or the 17th century, for example), or an author. In your third year you can write a dissertation, or take a ‘special subject’ in the School of History, where you work closely with an academic and a group of students to develop a dissertation-length piece of work in a specialised area of study. You will also specialise as a literature student, choosing from a wealth of module options. In your second year you might decide to spend a semester studying abroad. During your degree you will have the opportunity to gain work experience in copywriting and arts administration. The Writers’ Centre Norwich provides internship opportunities to help students understand the workings of a small arts organisation.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,Norwich
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £15,300