English Literature final year modules

Compulsory module

Dissertation in English Literature

On completion of your independent research you will be able to:

  • Undertake a thorough synthesis and review of the material available on the area of study
  • Demonstrate a thorough familiarity with the conventions of scholarly presentation and referencing
  • Conduct independent research through self-formulated questions and tasks
  • Organise relevant information to establish an appropriate and persuasive written argument
  • Apply their understanding of critical, analytic and creative approaches to produce knowledge
  • Use independent and self-reflective critical judgement
  • Develop working relationships with others, especially through constructive dialogue (for example, by listening, asking and responding to questions in group work-in-progress sessions and one-to-one advisory meetings)

Optional modules (may include) 

English Literature Options (students choose at least 2)

  • From Plato to the Postmodern: Theories of Literature and Art
  • Hidden Romanticism
  • Interactivity: The Theory and Practice of Getting Stuck In
  • Last Year's Novels
  • Remembering World War One
  • The Art of Translation
  • Sustainable Development: Climate, Culture, Society and Policy
  • Literature at Sea: 1851 to present
  • Multiple Voices: New York City Poetics, 1960-1985
  • Orwell's Books: Writing Politics, Resisting Tyranny
  • Politics and Terror in the Age of Revolutions
  • Shakespeare's Afterlives
  • Writing/Painting
  • Sustainable Development: Climate, Culture, Society and Policy
  • Bringing Out the Bodies: Technology, Transhumans and Skin
  • Fantasy and Fandom: writing back to the medieval in modern fantasy
  • Islamophobia and the Novel
  • Jane Austen's Fiction
  • Literary Ecologies: Environmental Crisis in American Writing
  • The Pre-Raphaelite Circle
  • Chaucer: Key Works
  • Daphne du Maurier: Horror, Romance & Obsession
  • Making Global Literatures in Britain
  • Shakespeare's Tragedies
  • Single Author: Virginia Woolf
  • The Figure of the Witch: Witch Writings c. 1400-1700

Creative Practice (if taking, students choose 1 pathway) 

Creative Writing Pathway Options (students choose 2)  

  • Creative Non Fiction
  • Sympathetic Texts
  • The Hatred of Poetry
  • Adaptation: Theory and Practice
  • Poetry Film

English Language Pathway Options (students choose 2)  

  • English Language Teaching
  • Phraseology
  • Animal Communication and Language Evolution
  • Authorship Analysis

Film Pathway Options (students choose 2)

  • Children's Film and Television
  • Film and Television Authorship
  • Screenwriting: Film
  • Adaptation: Theory and Practice
  • Poetry Film