Why study English Literature?
English Literature is the ideal subject for those who have a passion for reading and a lively, articulable interest in contemporary and historical ideas and debates. Literature students will explore themes and concepts that have fascinated writers from Shakespeare to the present day.
Students study a diverse range of texts, including:
- Pre- and post-1900 poetry
- Pre- and post-1900 prose
- Post-1900 drama
- Literary criticism
The course covers three components: two external examinations, and one internally-assessed coursework unit. Critical discussions and evaluations of each text raise compelling questions about human behaviour, social values, attitudes and imagination; these are as important now as they have always been.
Why our students like this course
'I have always enjoyed how personal it is'
'I chose English because you have the freedom to form your own ideas and interpret literature in your own individual way. English is relevant in other subject areas too: Languages, Humanities and any other subject requiring well-structured written work. English is something I thoroughly enjoy and it will continue to be valuable across my studies and in my future.'
Grade 6 in English Language and English Literature
Where does this subject lead me?
This subject offers not only the best preparation for an English Literature degree, but as a facilitating subject for a range of degree courses it also provides the transferrable intellectual training, the thoughtful mind and the skilled expression needed for pathways such as Law, History, Psychology, Languages and Politics.
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