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  • Objectives
    Ever wondered what or how people read in the past and how what is going on in the world around us impacts upon how we read and write? An English degree at Plymouth, in which you study the literatures of different periods and cultures, produce creative writing, and draw on insights from a range of other disciplines, will help you answer these questions and more.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements 240 points. A level/AS level/Vocational A level, including English at grade B. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.
  • Academic Title
    BA English
  • Course description
    BA English


    English Year 1

        * An introduction to different ways of studying literature through historical and cultural analysis; creative writing; form and genre
        * Core modules in 17th- and 18th-century literature and culture; creative writing; poetry and critical theory
        * A core module covering study, research and writing skills for critical and creative practice
        * The modules in year one act as a foundation for subsequent stages of the degree
        *  You will be introduced to three critical approaches to the study of English literature:

    1. Practice of reading and writing
    These twin modules focus on the relationship between reading and writing, and on the production of creative writing in workshop settings.

    2.  Introduction to critical theory
    This module introduces you to the various forms of literary criticism including psychoanalytic, Marxist, feminist and post-colonial critical perspectives.

    3.  Period studies
    For example, the 18th century. Here, literary texts are read within their historical and cultural context, offering opportunities for inter-disciplinary work.

        * You will also take a module, Transition to Higher Education, which equips you with key research and essay writing skills

    English Year 2

        * Core modules in Romantic and Victorian literature
        * Choice of modules allowing for specialisation including interdisciplinary literature, history and culture modules
        * Study creative writing (including for theatre & film); autobiography and biograph; travel writing; Shakespeare; American literature; Edwardian writing; and modern drama
        * In the second year you are offered a choice of modules which build upon the approaches studied in your first year and allow you to specialise in your areas of interest
        * You have opportunities to develop your creative writing if you so wish
        * You are assessed  through coursework
        * Modules which offer opportunities for creative as well as critical writing include creative writing; autobiography and travel writing; biography and crime documentary; narrative theory and practice; The American South; and Edwardian writing
        * Other modules include romantic poetry; modern drama; Shakespeare and the Classical example; late Victorian fiction and society; and literature and post-colonialism

    English Year 3

        * A core module on Modernism (1890-1930)
        * A wide choice of optional modules including 20th-century and contemporary literature; creative writing; Arthurian literature; critical and cultural theory; the short story and war writing
        * A critical or creative dissertation with individual supervision on a topic of your own choice
        * Modules in the third year include criticism and culture: sex, shopping and discipline; Modernism; contemporary poetry; gender and writing; postmodernism; war writing since 1914; Arthurian literature; contemporary Irish drama; and criticism and culture II: literature and psychoanalysis
        * The dissertation will be on a critical or creative project on a topic of your choice

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