Year two modules

One option from each of the following 'Histories of Literature' (each 20 credits):

Histories of Literature A

  • Chaucer and his Legacies;
  • Reading Medieval Romance;
  • Songs and Sonnets.

Histories of Literature B

  • Epic Ambitions;
  • Stories of the Novel;
  • Writing the Restoration.

Histories of Literature C

  • Romantics to Victorians;
  • Victorian Literature and Culture;
  • The Fin-de-Siecle.

Histories of Literature D

  • Making it New;
  • Twentieth-Century American Literature and Culture;
  • Post-War British Literature and Culture.

Elizabethan Shakespeare

Analyse the plays and poems of Shakespeare that were written and performed during the reign of Elizabeth I, including The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet and Twelfth Night.

(10 credits)

Jacobean Shakespeare

Explore the plays that Shakespeare wrote later in his career, during the reign of James I, including King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra and The Winter’s Tale.

(10 credits)

Option from Themes in Literature A & B, or MOMD

Themes in Literature include Gothic Fiction; Tragedy; European Cinema; From Plato to Postmodernism; Shakespeare’s Sisters; Transatlantic Literary Relations; North American Cinema; Theatre of the Absurd; Writing Fiction, Russian Theatre, The Language Poets Use, and Creative Writing.

(10+10 credits)



Modules and courses are constantly updated and under review. As with most academic programmes, please remember that it is possible that a module may not be offered in any particular year, for instance because a member of staff is on study leave or too few students opt for it. The University of Birmingham reserves the right to vary or withdraw any course or module.