English year 2 modules

Compulsory module

Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean

This module will offer a powerful and pleasurable encounter with our most valued writer: Shakespeare. The module is 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. It seeks to equip students to think about and enjoy Shakespeare’s plays and poems for themselves. The module 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) 

Histories of Literature (students choose 4 or 2 if taking a Creative Practice)  

  • Songs and Sonnets: English Poetry from Wyatt to Donne

  • The Canterbury Tales 

  • Popular Fiction before the Novel

  • Epic Ambitions

  • Stories of the Novel

  • Writing the Restoration

  • Fin de Siecle

  • Romantics and Romanticisms

  • Victorian Literature

  • Aspects of Modernism 

  • New World Orders? Literature after 1945

  • Twenty-First-Century Literature

Themes in Literature (students choose 1)

  • Colonial/Postcolonial 

  • Digital Futures

  • Enterprising English 

  • Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies 

  • Rags and Riches: Wealth and Poverty in American Literature and Culture 

  • Shakespeare's Sisters

  • The Gothic

  • The Use of Genre: Nefarious Plots, Cheap Thrills and the Search for Meaning

  • Tragedy

  • Utopia/Dystopia

  • Rude Writing: Satire and its Targets

Creative Practice (if taking, students choose 2) 

  • Creative Writing 

  • Drama

  • Film

  • Language