BA (Hons) English Literature Explore British and world literature from the Renaissance to the modern day Course in Islamabad || Registration Open
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Explore Literature from Britain and Beyond from the Medieval to the Present Day
Explore your passion for literature, discover new literary worlds and engage in critical debate as you analyse texts from a variety of contexts, time periods, and authors.
You will have the opportunity to study texts from the Medieval and Early Modern eras, through the Renaissance and Victorian periods, and into the present day.
Along the way, you will study some of the most well-known names in literature such as Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde and the Brontës.
You will learn from experienced tutors and experts who use the latest research to underlie their teaching to ensure that you have access to the latest debates within the study of literature.
On this course you will:
- Study some of the most well-known names in literature such as Margaret Atwood, Charles Dickens, and Kazuo Ishiguro.
- Engage with texts from the Medieval period through the Present Day, by authors from both Britain and across the world.
- Gain an insight into a variety of genres and styles, including contemporary women’s writing and contemporary fantasy.
- Learn from our expert team of published writers and leading academics.
- Engage with contemporary issues such as climate change, race and sexuality.
- Build your degree around your interests.
Critically engage with English literature from a range of periods and contexts
In your first year, you will explore Victorian literature from the Brontës through to Oscar Wilde, as well as examine the exciting space of Modernist experimentation in the twentieth century, French Literature in translation, post-World War Two literature, and the fiction of the present day.
You will also encounter new ways of thinking about the world, human identity, and wider critical and philosophical questions raised within the texts that you study.
In year two, you will delve into past cultures, experiencing the rich literature of the Renaissance and encountering Romantics, rebels and reactionaries. You’ll also have the opportunity to read contesting texts by 20th century female authors, as well as a range of World Literature.
You will choose to deepen your knowledge of fantasy, fairy tales or the gothic as well as discussing detective writing, science fiction, ecology and romance: you’ll be fascinated by the other worlds you discover.
In your third year, you will select from numerous specialisms and design your own research project on a topic of your choice. Tutors draw on their latest research to allow you to study the contemporary fairy tale, the literature of the First World War, the connections between Psychology and Cultural production, the literature of Venice, Romantic Women’s Writing, the Graphic Novel, and more.
Select a year
Investigating Interpretation: Ideas in literature from Marx to Barthes
The course traces the origin of ideas in literature through three key thinkers: Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and the linguist Ferdinand de Saussure. These thinkers will introduce you to the notion that our language is crucial to the way the world is constituted.
Teaching and Assessment
Feel the support of expert staff and researchers
Our team of experienced tutors and experts use the latest research to underlie their teaching. This ensures that you have access the latest debates within the study of English Literature.
Much of our teaching takes place in small groups. Our commitment to smaller class sizes allows you to feel more confident to discuss your ideas in a supportive environment.
It also allows your tutors get to know you and how best to aid your development.
Our BA (Hons) English Literature course uses a range of assessments methods, including:
- Textual analysis
- Collaborative project work
- Manuscript work.
Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, allowing you to clearly see your academic progress throughout your degree.
Gain vital experience within the workplace
We encourage our students to get culturally involved and gain experience. You could pursue experience as a student blogger, with student societies, with local heritage projects or with our own vibrant research culture.
In your second year, you will have the option to take a work placement module. This allows you to work as, for example, a journalist or within a publishing environment, then to reflect critically upon the experience.
Hear from visiting writers with regular guest events
The University boasts a blossoming writing culture and community, with regular book launches and conferences.
Some renowned authors to have visited the University in recent years include:
- Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy
- Matthew Sweeney
- Helen Dunmore
- Jo Shapcott
- Sarah Hall
- Bernardine Evaristo
- Vicki Feaver
- Sarah Hall
- Kate Mosse
- Alison MacLeod
- John McCullough.
Open up your future career options
Our English Literature graduates are highly-valued by employers for their strong problem solving and communication skills and often continue into a wide range of careers.
Career paths include:
- Communications and PR
- Local and national government
- MA Creative Writing
- MA English Literature
- MA Cultural History
- Postgraduate Research (MPhil/PhD)