The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
Your first year is made up of core modules which will give you a thorough grounding in different types of literature and different ways of approaching literary analysis in core literature modules: ‘Poetry’; ‘Prose’; ‘Plays and Performance’; and ‘Language for Literature’.
Your Creative Writing modules will give you a foundation in writing across different genres on the double-weighted ‘Creative Writing Foundation’ module, as well as an introduction to the professional aspects of contemporary writing in ‘Contemporary Creative Writing’.
Detailed descriptions of English and Creative Writing first year modules
In the second year you will choose ‘Histories of Literature’ modules to deepen your knowledge and understanding of different literary periods, choosing one from the Medieval or Early Modern periods (A or B) and one from the Romantic/Victorian or the Modern/Contemporary periods (C or D).
Histories of Literature will include modules such as:
A: Chaucer and his Legacies; Popular Fiction before the Novel; Songs and Sonnets
B: Epic Ambitions; Stories of the Novel; Writing the Restoration
C: Romantics and Romanticisms; Victorian Literature; The Fin-de-Siècle
D: Making it New; Literature after 1945; Twenty-First Century Literature
You will also either take our specialist Shakespeare modules ‘Elizabethan Shakespeare’ and ‘Jacobean Shakespeare’ or choose one ‘Themes in Literature’ option module from a selection such as:
- The Gothic
- From Plato to Postmodernism
- Shakespeare’s Sisters
- Writing Fiction
- Russian Theatre
- North American Cinema
- The Language Poets Use
- Transatlantic Literary Relations
- Rude Writing: Satire and its Targets
On the Creative Writing side you will further develop your writing skills in modules on ‘Poetry and Prose Writing’ and ‘Drama and Media Writing’ and will gain an insight into the editorial process on our ‘Editing’ module.
Detailed descriptions of English and Creative Writing second year modules
In your final year, you will choose three modules from an impressive range of Literature Special Subjects, working closely with specialists in each field on modules such as:
- Chaucer: Pre-Modern Writing and Post-Modern Reading
- Contemporary American Fiction
- Fantasy and Fandom
- Gossip, Scandal and Celebrity
- Imagining the Digital
- John Donne and the Metaphysical Poets
- Last Year’s Novels
- Literary Modernism
- Literature and Politics in the 1930s
- Literature and the Law
- Lyrical Ballads
- Medieval Manuscripts
- The Modernist Novel
- New York, New York
- Paradise Lost: Texts and Contexts
- Plays, Pageants and the Spectacular
- Postcolonial Poetry and Poetics
- Postmodern Historical Fictions
- Reading and Writing Scotland
- Remembering World War One
- Shakespeare’s Afterlives
- Shakespeare and Music
- Spenserian Landscapes
- The Work of T. S. Eliot
- Victorian Literature and Science
- Victorian Literature and Travel
- PoMo Historical Fictions
- Bringing Out the Bodies: Technology, Transhumans and Skin
By your final year as a Creative Writing student you’ll have found your ‘voice’ and ‘genre’, and so you will be ready to complete a substantial individual Creative Writing Project, chosen and structured according to your own writing interests. You will also choose a Creative Writing Special Subject focusing on a more specialist genre such as ‘Genre Fiction’; ‘Creative Non-Fiction’; or ‘Writing a Short Film’.
Detailed descriptions of English and Creative Writing final year modules
You will have the option to take a year abroad between your second and final year at one of a wide range of carefully selected partner institutions from around the world.