English Literature with Shakespeare Studies second year modules

Compulsory modules

Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean

These modules will offer a powerful and pleasurable encounter with our most valued writer: Shakespeare. The modules are founded on close reading and experience of the Elizabethan and Jacobean plays as scripts and performances, and on the chance to explore and analyse them as such. They seek to equip students to think about and enjoy Shakespeare’s plays and poems for themselves. The modules will offer students the opportunity to read texts from the Elizabethan and Jacobean period of Shakespeare’s writing career, and will explore questions of genre, dramaturgy, poetic form, historical context, and political and philosophical engagement specific to that period.

Optional modules (may include)

English Literature Options (students choose at least 2)

  • Gothic
  • Imagined Worlds: Genre Fiction and Popular Culture
  • Literature 1950-Present
  • Restoration and Revolution
  • Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature
  • Popular Fiction Before the Novel
  • Reading the Renaissance
  • Earliest English
  • Literature and the Environment
  • Colonial/Postcolonial
  • The Social Life of Literature
  • Our Digital World
  • Rags and Riches
  • Aspects of Modernism
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Victorian Literature

Drama Options

  • Popular Performance
  • Performance and Nation
  • British Theatre
  • Engaging Audiences