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BA English Literature (3 Years)

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  • Objectives
    encourage engagement with a significant range of literary/non-literary genres, inc. film/music, texts in the English language from the British Isles/US/other English-speaking communities, from Anglo-Saxon times to present day; provide opportunity to study/specialise in literature, theory, film, popular song, and new media; enable study of text in historical/cultural contexts and develop appreciation of significance of such contexts on the representation of allegedly `universal' concepts; to appreciate how our own historical/cultural location affects our understanding of literature; familiarise students with, and enable them to apply, traditional and modern theories of literary/cultural criticism; develop powers of critical/analytical thinking; appreciation of crafting of written utterances and interrelationships between texts; ability to apply such techniques to sophisticated primary/secondary texts; encourage students to respond imaginatively, intellectually, emotionally and independently to the written word and enable them to carry this quality of response into future reading experience; encourage enthusiasm for English and appreciation of its importance in the world today/in the future; foster sophisticated literacy skills (inc., where chosen, creative writing), whilst encouraging correct and appropriate presentation/referencing; develop fluency and clarity in discussion and in oral and written presentation; encourage continuous, developing process of reflection, enabling both responsibility for personal learning and ability to make informed choices for future development; develop skills for employment/further study, both discipline-related and transferable to other contexts; sustain community of constantly-reviewed knowledge and critical appreciation of literature and other cultural forms, eg. through postgraduate study/professional careers.
  • Entry requirements
    Selected entry requirements English language: Minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent; eg. NCUK EAP minimum Grade of A with range of 70-79 TOEFL: PBT score of 600; CBT score of 250; TWE score of 5.5; IBT score of 100. A level: Grades AAA-AAB. This should include either grade A in English Literature or English Language and Literature. General Studies is welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer. AS-levels are not accepted in place of an A-level. Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes. GCSE: Minimum of grade A in English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature. Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University. International baccalaureate: 37-35 points overall, including 7 points in English Literature at Higher level, plus 6 or 7 in two further Higher Level subjects. Additional entry requirements Additional entry requirements exist for this course. You may view these by selecting from the list below.
  • Academic Title
    BA English Literature
  • Course description
    This degree gives students access to the full range of English Studies. Alongside the traditional range of English Literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day, students are able to study American, Irish and post-colonial literatures as well as cultural theory, creative writing and film. In the first year, students sample a wide variety of literature and cultural theory and develop a solid basis of knowledge and skill which they then build on in years 2 and 3. All courses are compulsory in year 1, while in years 2 and 3, students select their courses from a range of options. There is a compulsory dissertation in the final year.

    Course content for year 1
    Please note that the following list is intended to be a guide only - course content or availability may change slightly as we aim to improve and update our courses yearly.

    Compulsory (all 20 credits)
    ENGL10021 Reading Literature

    ENGL10032 Contexts of Writing

    ENGL10042 Textual communities: Text, Hypertext and Readers

    ENGL10051 Mapping the Medieval

    ENGL10171 Academic Development

    free choice at level 1

    Course content for year 2
    Please note that the following list is intended to be a guide only - course content or availability may change slightly as we aim to improve and update our courses yearly.

    Optional - 120 credits from any of the following
    ENGL20001 Introduction to Creative Writing

    ENGL***** Introduction to Old English Texts

    ENGL***** Getting Medieval: Chaucerian Visions

    ENGL***** Medieval Women

    ENGL***** Power and Gender in Early Modern Literature, 1580-1620

    ENGL20372 Shakespeare: Genre, Text and Performance

    ENGL***** Forms of Poetry, 1700-1900

    ENGL***** The Rise of the Novel, 1700-1820

    ENGL20482 Gender, Sexuality and Culture: Freud and After

    ENGL20491 Writing, Identity and Nation

    ENGL***** The Victorian Novel

    ENGL***** Life and Death in Anglo-Saxon England

     Reading Middle English Manuscripts

    AMER30712 African-American Literature, 1900-1980

    AMER20072 American Film: Theory and Practice

    AMER***** American Political culture

    AMER20262 America in the 40s and 50s

    AMER20371 America Between the Wars

    AMER20481 American Literature and Social Criticism

    Course content for year 3
    Please note that the following list is intended to be a guide only - course content or availability may change slightly as we aim to improve and update our courses yearly.

    Compulsory - 20 Credits


    Optional - 100 credits from any of the following:
    ENGL***** Reading the English Renaissance Bible

    ENGL30052 Early Modern Identities: Bodies Selves and Life Writing 1590-1690

    ENGL30071 Gothic, Gender and Identity in Scottish and Irish Writing

    ENGL***** Old English Literature: Beowulf

    ENGL30122 Creative Writing (Open only to those who took ENGL20001)

    ENGL***** The Age of Johnson

    ENGL20341 Women's Writing, 1600-1818

    ENGL***** English Names and Naming

    ENGL***** Three Modern Dramatists: Beckett, Orton, Pinter

    ENGL***** Aesthetes and Decadents

    ENGL***** The Romantic Imagination

    ENGL30641 D H Lawrence

    ENGL***** 19th Century Literary and Cultural Theory

    ENGL30682 Jane Austen

    ENGL30771 Reading Popular Narratives

    ENGL***** Sexual Dissidence and Literature, post-1900

    ENGL***** Beckett and Modernity

    ENGL30972 Contemporary Post-Colonial Fiction and Film

    ENGL***** Imperial Encounters: 1850 to the Present

    ENGL***** Irish Stories

    Reading Middle English Manuscripts

    AMER***** Hip Hop and Hollywood

    AMER30082 American Self-Representation

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