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UCAS Course Code

QT37

Attendance

Full Time

Award

Degree of Bachelor of Arts

Course Organiser

Dr. Thomas Karshan


The writers of Britain and America are of course deeply connected: often they employ the same language, address the same readers, share the same cultural reference points. But at the same time, the two traditions differ sharply in their typical values and tones of voice. This programme allows you to experience these continuities and distinctions. Students on this programme have access to the courses that make up the degrees in English Literature and American and English Literature. The combination also means that you encounter the teaching of two different departments: the interdisciplinary work of American Studies, and the more literary focus of the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing.

Your degree course will be planned in conjunction with your adviser, but we give an outline here.  The basic unit of teaching, the module, lasts for one semester and carries twenty credits in Years 1 and 2, thirty credits in Year 3.  The academic year contains two semesters; in each semester you will normally take three units, making a total of six units a year (two and four respectively in the final Year).  Over the three years of your course you will normally accumulate 360 credits: that is, eighteen modules.  Free choice modules are available – either to extend your degree subjects, or to venture outside them.  As we believe in encouraging interdisciplinarity, you will be required to take three units (sixty credits) outside English and American Literature.  Within our own Faculty of Arts and Humanities, this could involve taking units in American Studies, Creative Writing, Drama, History or Film, for example.  Alternatively, you may opt for units offered by the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Social Sciences subject to entry requirements.

Course Structure:

Year 1

The first year requires you to take introductory courses in both traditions, though a slight emphasis is placed on the less familiar American literature and on its social and historical background. Courses such as Imagining America, and Literature in History provide you with the context within which future studies will unfold.  You will have a list of optional modules to choose from, encouraging you to broaden your awareness of related subjects such as film, drama, philosophy, linguistics or history.

Year 2 and Year 3

The precise mixture of English and American modules in the second and third years is up to you, and you will discuss your choices with your faculty adviser to make sure that you end up with a balanced programme. You are required to take a number of modules outside the immediate English and American Literature programme. There is a wide range of modules to choose from in the Faculty of Humanities, including free-choice courses in drama, film and creative writing as well as offerings in other literatures and in history.

You can also (and subject to entry requirements) use your free choices to take modules offered by other faculties.

Modules of study are taught in a number of different forms – often lectures and smaller seminar groups – designed to encourage student participation. In every module your work is assessed; forms of assessment also vary, including essays, project work, presentation, examination or a combination of any of these methods. You may also write a dissertation during your final year.

This programme does not include a year in the USA.

Teaching and Assessment:

Key skills, issues and ideas are introduced in lectures given by all members of faculty, including literary critics, literary historians, and writers.  More specialist study is undertaken in small group seminars. These are chosen from a range offered within the School and across the University. You will also spend time studying and researching in the library or carrying out practical work or projects. In most subject areas, you are assessed at the end of each year on the basis of coursework and, in some cases, project and examination results. In your final year, you will write a dissertation on a topic of your choice and with the advice of tutors. There is no final examination. Your final degree result is determined by the marks you receive in years two and three.

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UniStats Information

Why Choose UsChoosing to study within the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at UEA means joining some of the most satisfied students in the UK.

In the 2014 National Student Survey, we received an overall satisfaction score of 95% in both English Studies and Drama, and 93% for Imaginative Writing. We were are also in the top 10 for English and Creative Writing in the 2015 Guardian University Guide. 

Here are some of the reasons why:

  • Our world-famous Creative Writing department attracts successful and aspiring writers from around the world
  • The School is home to the British Centre for Literary Translation
  • You can take part in our active and engaged student body
  • Discover endless opportunities to attend and get involved in our rich schedule of events, readings and performances

A broad range of courses

The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing brings together writers, scholars, performers, teachers and students in an exploration of the powers and possibilities of literature. Our aim is to make creative writing and critical reading confront one another in ways that sharpen and enliven both.

We have a world-famous reputation for Creative Writing, and are also home to highly rated scholars with a focus on literature, translation and drama. With a strong focus on interdisciplinary learning, we work closely with other departments at UEA.

Known for student experience

In 2014 UEA was ranked in the top 3 in the UK for Student Experience by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey  – as well as ranking joint third for overall satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey.

Student life at UEA is enhanced through an active Student Union, a myriad clubs and societies to join and a lively and engaged student body.

Literary festivals and events

Writers from across the globe travel to UEA to take part in our long-running literary festival organised by the Arthur Miller Centre and the Centre for Creative and Performing Arts.

The teaching staff and students also put on a number of events throughout the year, including readings, performances and plays.

The University’s significant contribution to creative writing was recognised with the recent prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

Teaching and research excellence

In the National Student Survey 2014, we achieved excellent teaching scores - 94% for Drama, 96% for English Studies and 91% for Imaginative Writing. 

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality, the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing has come 10th among UK English departments. 82% of our research has been rated either 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent).

American Studies has come 5th in the UK with 74% of its research rated 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) in The Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality. Within the Area Studies Unit of Assessment we were the highest rated for American Studies.

As one of our students, you will benefit from our interdisciplinary approach, and have the scope to tailor your own degree as your interests develop throughout your time at UEA.

Our academic staff are writers, as well as teachers, and are at the forefront of research in their field. Many contribute articles to leading newspapers, appear on television and radio arts programmes, publish original research and write novels, short stories, poems and plays.

If you choose to study with us, you can expect to be inspired by leading figures in the literary world such as Kathryn Hughes, writer of the biographies of Mrs Beeton and George Eliot, Giles Foden, whose novel The Last King of Scotland was made into an Oscar winning Hollywood movie, and novelist Rachel Hore, a regular in the bestseller list.

Year

Compulsory Study (80 credits)

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits

IMAGINING AMERICA: LITERATURE I

Imagining America: Literature I is a level one module designed to introduce the major writers and themes of literature in the United States. For this module there will be a weekly lecture and a two-hour seminar. Lecture Slot: Monday, 1200-12.50. Further information on the timing of the seminar can be found in the published timetable.

AMAL4033A

20

IMAGINING AMERICA: LITERATURE II

Imagining America: Literature II is a level one module designed to expand upon an introduction to the major writers and themes of literature from the United States. For this module there will be a weekly lecture and seminar. Further information on the timing of the seminar can be found in the published timetable.

AMAL4031B

20

LITERATURE IN HISTORY 1

This is the main introductory module to the study of literature. It aims to help new students to read historically, by offering a range of models of the relationship between literature and history, explored through the study of selected historical and literary moments. The module is taught by a weekly lecture, with an accompanying seminar.

LDCL4008A

20

LITERATURE IN HISTORY II

Literature in History II shifts our attention to writing from the 19th century to the present. Although we are still interested in historical context, our focus turns to the history of an idea about literature. Literary realism, or the idea that the novel can, and should, reflect real life, will be our central concern: after establishing what literary realism is and why it was such an important idea in the 19th century, we will examine how writers might agree with, or react against literary realism at different times, and finish by exploring the possibility of literary realism now. The module will allow you a full semester to grapple with a key aesthetic debate about the novel, engage with it through literary and critical texts, and help you to think about the implications of the question of what a novel can - or ought - to do. The module will be taught by weekly lecture and seminar, both of which are compulsory.

LDCL4019B

20

Option A Study (20 credits)

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

READING CULTURES I: AMERICAN ICONS

This module provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary research methods and writing skills that are essential for students undertaking a degree programme in the School of American Studies. Students will be encouraged to look at reading American culture across disciplines and media, and to develop their own strategies for learning, from note taking and planning, through locating and engaging with critical opinions, to producing and evaluating academic writing. This module is intended as an introduction to interdisciplinary scholarship and its transferable skills.

AMAS4036A

20

READING TEXTS: TUTORIAL CLASS

This module provides the opportunity to work closely on selected texts within the contexts of a small group. It aims to develop and explore modes of textual analysis. By the end of the module the students will have highly developed reading skills, a sense of the implications of interpreting texts and the individual research skills essential for a university degree. Not available to Visiting Students.

LDCL4009A

20

Option B Study (20 credits)

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

READING CULTURES II: IDEAS AND IDEOLOGIES

The module develops and expands the research methods, writing skills, and oral skills acquired in Reading Cultures I: American Icons. By continuing the exploration of contemporary American culture and introducing cultural and critical theory as a means to engage with current ideas and ideologies circulating around American cultural icons, the module will encourage exploration of America's changing position in the world. The module is intended to further facilitate skills in reading, writing, analysis, synthesis, independent thinking, and confidence as self-supporting learners in order to provide a strong foundation for work at levels 2 and 3.

AMAS4037B

20

READING TEXTS II

This module seeks to build on and develop the work of the Autumn semester, in particular that of Reading Texts and Reading Translations. The focus will fall again on small-group discussion and on the reading of a small number of texts - one creative, and one critical - chosen by the tutor from a set list. With this close attention to reading at its core, the module will also look at a number of the terms and ideas central to the study of literature and to the practice of interpretation. Not available to Visiting Students.

LDCL4011B

20

WRITING TEXTS

This module explores the culture and anthropology of writing, and addresses issues such as the differences between writing and speaking, between literary and non-literary texts, and the writer's relationship with readers. In weekly lectures and seminar groups, we will look at the writing process itself - drafting, revising, editing, translating - and will explore how and why texts come into being, and how they work to position the reader or to generate readerly interaction. The module is taught by a lecture, with an accompanying seminar.

LDCL4020B

20

Option A Study (40 credits)

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

20TH CENTURY AMERICAN POETRY

This module provides a broadly chronological view of American poetry from the start of the twentieth century to the present day. It wonders about what the consequences might be if we consider seriously Emerson's claim (made in 1844), that America might be seen as a poem. Through detailed examination each week of groups of three related poets, the module aims both to question what constitutes an American poetics, and to examine how this conception has changed over the course of the twentieth century. As well as tracing a trajectory in American poetry from modernist to postmodernist modes, one of its primary concerns is also to start exploring how ideas of what an American poetry might be are inflected differently in 'mainstream' and in more avant-garde (or 'experimental') poetries. Indeed, by explicitly thinking about these differences the module will pay particular attention to the ways in which ideas of nationhood, of political dissent and protest, of poetic 'groupings' and canon-formation, are instrumental in determining what we choose to see as America's representative poetry. By the end of the module students should have a wide knowledge of a range of different twentieth-century American poetries, as well as a strong sense of how the political, cultural and literary 'tastes' of America across the century have delivered it the sorts of poetry it deserves.

AMAL5011B

20

AMERICAN ROMANTICISM

The romantic stress on individual experience, self-reliance, and the present made it widely influential, in radical ideas on feminism, education, anti-slavery and utopian community projects. This module will examine the literary revolution of the American "renaissance", exploring the literary and intellectual significance of the writings of Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman, the reactions of writers like Hawthorne and Melville, and its legacy in later poets, thinkers and novelists.

AMAL5016A

20

AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

This module surveys the prose of some of the twentieth century's most important American women writers, writers who (or whose 'other' works) tend to disappear from reading lists that include books by women only out of duty. Along the way we will seek to interrogate the terms with which we begin: American, women and prose. Assuming that biology does not define literature, we will instead seek to understand the social pressures on these women writers, and their responses to them, in an effort to maintain the specificity, diversity and range of these women's literary pursuits.

AMAL5013A

20

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN FICTION

The purpose of this module is to expose students to a range of prose works by important contemporary American writers. In particular, we will be concerned with some of the key concepts associated with contemporary American fiction, including the definition of the contemporary: postmodernism; metafiction; historiography; postcolonialism; and memory.

AMAL5015B

20

SOUTHERN LITERATURE

"Tell us about the South. What's it like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there. Why do they live at all."- William Faulkner. The development of Southern writing in the twentieth century is one of the most compelling stories in the history of American literature. In this module we will examine the ways in which a wide variety of writers-including some of the most important voices of the twentieth century- tried to tell about the South. We will explore what, if anything, gives Southern literature a distinct voice, and consider the nature of its regional identity in the wake of the so-called Americanization of Dixie. We will, of course, consider the issue of race and racism in the South, and its concomitant effect on Southern writing, black and white. And whilst debating the changes that Southern literature has undergone, we will also explore the significant changes which have affected the South itself, and its role in the life of the nation.

AMAL5037B

20

THE AMERICAN NOVEL IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY (1900 - 1950)

This unit will introduce a selection of early twentieth century American novels and the surrounding literary, historical and critical debates, exploring the literary, historical and cultural formation of these novels, and thinking through both their contemporary contexts and the ways in which our own reading is conditioned by literary, historical and cultural concerns. Through close reading we will also look at the stylistic diversity of the period to unravel how these novels work on their readers and how they re-imagine the form of the novel. We will consider modernity and modernism as entangled and will be looking to investigate areas such as the representation of modernity and the depression, urban and pastoral narratives, the place of the expatriate and immigrant in American life, fantasies of the American Dream, and ideas and negotiations of gender and race in the period.

AMAL5018A

20

THE BEATS AND THE LIMITS OF WRITING

This module covers the writers known as 'The Beats' in terms of their antecedents, the literary and cultural traditions in which they worked, and the social and critical debates that raged during their heyday. Students will be asked to read widely, to compare and contrast different writers' styles, and to make informed judgements about the writers' relationships to the times in which they wrote. The module aims to foster an understanding of the Beat literary phenomenon in literary, political and social contexts. It will also examine the debts Beat writers owed to 'American Renaissance' writers including Emerson and Whitman, to wider ideas of the 'avant-garde' in the Twentieth Century generally, and to European Romantic traditions. It will investigate how a Beat poetics developed as a response to Cold War 'consensus culture', and sought to establish a countercultural (though distinctly American) 'tradition'.

AMAL5076A

20

THE HOLOCAUST IN AMERICAN LITERATURE

This module aims to explore representations of the Holocaust in American literature. Students will explore how the Holocaust is represented by American Jewish and non-Jewish authors. Students will consider whether, and how, the Holocaust is 'Americanised' by American writers; they will consider some of the ethical and philosophical debates concerning representation of the Holocaust in art; they will examine how American Jewish writers engage with the Holocaust to negotiate questions of Jewish identity; and they will consider the problematic uses and definitions of the term 'holocaust' in American culture.

AMAL5016B

20

Option B Study (40 credits)

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

CRITICAL THEORY AND PRACTICE

Through a combination of lectures and seminars, this module will explore the theory and practice of literary criticism from the origins of the study of English literature as an academic discipline to the present. In order to do this, we examine not only the work of literary critics and theorists, but also engage with developments in linguistics, economics, psychoanalysis and philosophy, tracing the ways in which these overlap with, and inform, literary study.

LDCL5031A

20

EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY WRITING

This module reads fiction, poetry, nonfictional prose, and drama of the eighteenth century, as a means with which to identify the dominant concerns of the epoch (class; gender; the politics of party; increasing secularisation), and to explore some of its debates (aristocracy versus middle class; prose versus poetry; classical or ancient versus modern or contemporary; religious versus secular). We read popular novelists, such as Eliza Haywood, Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Richardson, Laurence Sterne, and Henry Fielding; popular dramatists (Fielding especially); verse both well-known and more obscure (Pope, Gay, Smart); and excerpts from other contemporary sources (didactic, philosophical, political, religious). By the end of the module you will have acquired a knowledge of and sensitivity to the literary genres of the eighteenth century (novel, poetry, prose, drama); a knowledge of the political and cultural landscape; and a knowledge of the conditions of writing (print culture, the beginnings of literary criticism, the professionalization of literature).

LDCL5041A

20

EUROPEAN LITERATURE

This module examines examples of twentieth-century European writing (all read in translation). Rather than (merely) place writers in their national contexts, we will deal with topics, issues and formal experiments that complicate, sometimes transcend, national boundaries. In fact we will interrogate what 'European' might mean in relation to literature - where are the borders? Are continental Europeans fundamentally 'other'? And if so, how does this otherness manifest itself aesthetically, thematically, tonally and formally? We'll look at how writers from different countries frequently challenge the conventions of genre and the conventions of reading and interpreting. Among a range of important innovations (or continuities), we may explore varieties of 'European' modernism, New Objectivity, the absurd, the nouveau roman, noir, or magical realism. We will also ask how European writers have responded to the challenges, upheavals and catastrophes of the twentieth century and how they deal with the ethnic, religious and cultural diversity within Europe. The module includes a weekly lecture. Assessment is by means of an individually chosen project (3500 words) which is supported by individual and group tutorials, a dedicated guidance session and a formative proposal.

LDCL5033B

20

MEDIEVAL WRITING

This module aims to provide an introduction to the study of medieval literature. We shall explore together a range of medieval texts (the lyric, allegorical narrative, romance, fabliau, dream vision, 'mystical writing', 'life writing', moral fable, political verse), working slowly both to familiarise ourselves with the difficulties and differences of Middle English and to introduce the distinctive richnesses and complexities of medieval literature. The module falls into three basic parts. The first, which turns to works by Chaucer, Julian of Norwich, and Margery Kempe, is organised generically and topically: close reading of Chaucer's 'Clerk's Tale', 'Merchant's Tale', and 'The Book of the Duchess' and of excerpts from Julian's 'Revelations of Divine Love' and from 'The Book of Marery Kempe' will allow us to introduce medieval allegory, the play of the sacred and the secular in medieval culture, medieval dream vision, and the terms of affective piety and medieval visionary writing. The second and third parts then turn, in more sustained fashion, first to the 'Morall Fabillis' of Roberty Henryson, perhaps the finest poet of the fifteenth century, and to medieval Romance, concentrating on the remarkable poem, 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'.

LDCL5063A

20

MODERNISM

The purpose of this module is to study the literature of the early decades of the twentieth century - roughly 1900-1930 - in particular the work of those authors who attempted to break with received norms of literary style and content. The module is organised as a series of thematic and formal explorations that include attention to at least some of the following: the dissolution of character and gravitation towards psychological states such as fantasy and desire, with the emergence of the unconscious; narrative and temporal disruption, obtrusion of language and other sources of modernist difficulty, the afterlife of religion, as in interest in the unseen and supernatural; the significance of the city, the mass media, and other modern cultural forms; gender and the politics of modernism. The sequence of guiding lectures focuses discussion on a set of specific texts and themes, with their contexts, and these are taken up for consideration in the accompanying seminars. 'Modernism' is thus constructed gradually over the semester as a mosaic of closely related issues, each one reflecting on the others. As well as providing an overview of defining textual features, in prose and poetry, the module is concerned also with the critical reading of modernism in the light of contemporaneous criticism and theory as well as current analyses.

LDCL5045A

20

ROMANTICISM 1780-1840

Romantic Literature is often thought of as poetry, primarily work by Blake, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats and Bryon. But the signs and forms of Romantic sensibility can also be found in a much broader constituency of writing practice: the novel, letter writing, the essay, political and aesthetic theory, and writing of all kinds taken as social critique. This module is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars.

LDCL5034B

20

SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY WRITING: RENAISSANCE AND REVOLUTION

This module introduces you to the poetry, drama and prose of one of Britain's most exciting and turbulent periods of cultural, political and intellectual transformation: the seventeenth century. The module works through lectures, which establish larger questions we might ask of the week's material, and seminars, in which we close read passages of texts together intensively. We begin in the early-seventeenth century by exploring the ways English writing was transformed by its encounters with classical texts and by religious experience, before turning to explore women writers' complicated relationship to early-modern literary culture. In the module's second half, we ask how literary forms were transformed by the extraordinary upheavals of the English civil war and the execution of the monarch. Throughout, we learn how knowledge of the circumstances of texts' publication and readership can help us to interpret literature. Authors we study include famous figures such as Ben Jonson, Andrew Marvell, and John Milton (including a look at his masterpiece, Paradise Lost), as well as many lesser-known writers, including women like Lucy Hutchinson and Amelia Lanyer, and Norwich's greatest writer, Thomas Browne. You will have the chance to read translations of several of the classical authors (including Horace and Martial) who influenced them. The module includes a visit to the Norfolk Heritage Centre (in the centre of Norwich) to see their remarkable collection of seventeenth-century books.

LDCL5042A

20

SHAKESPEARE

The aim of this lecture-seminar module is to help you become a better reader of Shakespearean drama. He was writing between about 1590 and about 1610; obviously his plays speak to us over a great cultural distance, and we can find fresh ways of reading them by exploring the theatrical, generic and historical frameworks in which they were written and staged. The lectures, then, will introduce a range of contexts, and the seminars will seek to turn them to account in the reading of the dramatic texts themselves.

LDCL5070B

20

VICTORIAN WRITING

This module aims to equip you with a knowledge of writing from across the nineteenth century, in a variety of modes (fiction, poetry, science, journalism, cultural criticism, nonsense). We will examine authors including George Eliot, Tennyson, Dickens, Darwin, Arnold, Charlotte Bronte, and the Brownings, among others. You will thus develop an awareness of how different kinds of writing in the period draw on, influence, and contest with each other. Likewise, you will acquire a sense for the cultural, political and socio-economic contexts of nineteenth-century writing, and some of the material contexts in which that writing took place (serial publication, popular readership, periodical writing, public controversy).

LDCL5067B

20

Option C Study (40 credits)

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

ANY LDC MODULE AT LEVEL 5 (PRE-REQUISITES PERMITTING). ANY AMS MODULE AT LEVEL 5 (PRE-REQUISITES PERMITTING).

Name Code Credits

20TH CENTURY AMERICAN POETRY

This module provides a broadly chronological view of American poetry from the start of the twentieth century to the present day. It wonders about what the consequences might be if we consider seriously Emerson's claim (made in 1844), that America might be seen as a poem. Through detailed examination each week of groups of three related poets, the module aims both to question what constitutes an American poetics, and to examine how this conception has changed over the course of the twentieth century. As well as tracing a trajectory in American poetry from modernist to postmodernist modes, one of its primary concerns is also to start exploring how ideas of what an American poetry might be are inflected differently in 'mainstream' and in more avant-garde (or 'experimental') poetries. Indeed, by explicitly thinking about these differences the module will pay particular attention to the ways in which ideas of nationhood, of political dissent and protest, of poetic 'groupings' and canon-formation, are instrumental in determining what we choose to see as America's representative poetry. By the end of the module students should have a wide knowledge of a range of different twentieth-century American poetries, as well as a strong sense of how the political, cultural and literary 'tastes' of America across the century have delivered it the sorts of poetry it deserves.

AMAL5011B

20

ADAPTATION: SHAKESPEARE ON STAGE AND SCREEN

This module explores the rich dramatic and cinematic traditions of Shakespearean adaptation. It considers a range of adaptations, from the seventeenth-century versions of Macbeth, King Lear and Henry V to more recent film versions of Shakespeare's plays, examining the light that adaptive transformations may cast on both the original plays and on the different social and cultural circumstances of the new productions. The module focuses in particular upon cinematic adaptations of Richard III, Henry V, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and King Lear, though will also discuss many other examples from stage and screen. In seminars linked to weekly screening this module offers an introduction to the theory and practice of adaptation as well as an outline view of how to read Shakespeare on film.

LDCD5021A

20

AMERICAN MUSIC

The first book published in the New World was a hymn book. Music, sacred and profane, has been at the centre of American lives ever since. Accordingly, this module will explore the history of American music - but it will also examine the way that its development tells a larger story. Focusing largely on the vernacular musical traditions we will encounter a wide range of musical styles and musicians, each of which has something vital to tell us about the shaping of America. After all, as Plato knew, "When the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city shake."

AMAS5023A

20

AMERICAN ROMANTICISM

The romantic stress on individual experience, self-reliance, and the present made it widely influential, in radical ideas on feminism, education, anti-slavery and utopian community projects. This module will examine the literary revolution of the American "renaissance", exploring the literary and intellectual significance of the writings of Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman, the reactions of writers like Hawthorne and Melville, and its legacy in later poets, thinkers and novelists.

AMAL5016A

20

AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

This module surveys the prose of some of the twentieth century's most important American women writers, writers who (or whose 'other' works) tend to disappear from reading lists that include books by women only out of duty. Along the way we will seek to interrogate the terms with which we begin: American, women and prose. Assuming that biology does not define literature, we will instead seek to understand the social pressures on these women writers, and their responses to them, in an effort to maintain the specificity, diversity and range of these women's literary pursuits.

AMAL5013A

20

AUDIO DRAMA: THE THEATRE OF THE MIND

Because sound is invisible, audio drama is sometimes thought of as more imaginative than visual drama. Audio theatre takes place in the mind rather than on stage. Through practice and theory this module explores audio drama and the invisible world of sound. We will do voice work, create sound effects, analyse music, and collaborate on an audio drama to be podcast over the Internet. Our practice will be sharpened by questioning how the aesthetics of sound compares to sight, how changes in sound technology influence culture, and how sound represents race, gender, and nationality. We will listen to a wide range of radio genres, including comedy, drama, music, and news, from "classic" shows like 'The Goon Show' and 'War of the Worlds' to the more recent 'Planet B' and 'Another Case of Milton Jones'. To create our final audio drama project, students will gain experience using audio recording and editing software.

LDCD5026A

20

AUSTEN AND THE BRONTES: READING THE ROMANCE

This module will consider three texts by Austen and the Brontes. A wide variety of literary and historical contexts will be discussed: feminisms, colonialism, impact of war, the social status of the woman writer, representations of governesses, madness and mad women, rakes, foreigners and strangers, minds and bodies, heroes and heroines. We investigate the ways that the lives of the authors of these novels have been told and read as romances. Opportunities will be available to work on film versions. Work on any text by these authors is welcomed in class and in coursework.

LDCL5035B

20

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN FICTION

The purpose of this module is to expose students to a range of prose works by important contemporary American writers. In particular, we will be concerned with some of the key concepts associated with contemporary American fiction, including the definition of the contemporary: postmodernism; metafiction; historiography; postcolonialism; and memory.

AMAL5015B

20

CREATIVE WRITING: INTRODUCTION (AUT)

An introductory module open only to second year students. It is not available to students on the Creative Writing Minor and is offered as an alternative to other Level 2 Creative Writing modules. The teaching uses structured exercises based on objects, handouts, discussion and visualisation to stimulate the production of prose fiction and poetry. In the first half of the seminar students will write about 'what they know', drawing on notebooks, memories and family stories. In the second half the focus will shift to the work of established authors, using sample texts as a stimulus to students' own writing.

LDCC5005A

20

CREATIVE WRITING: INTRODUCTION (SPR)

An introductory module open only to second year students. It is not available to students on the Creative Writing Minor and is offered as an alternative to other Level 2 Creative Writing modules. The aim of the module is to get students writing prose fiction and/or poetry, using structured exercises based on objects, handouts, discussion and visualisation to stimulate the production of work. At the outset students will be encouraged to write about 'what they know', drawing on notebooks, memories and family stories. Throughout attention will be given to the work of established authors, using exemplary texts both as a basis for discussion and as a stimulus to students' own writing. Along the way students will begin to develop an understanding of the craft of writing - the technical nuts and bolts. They will also acquire some of the disciplines necessary to being a writer - observation, writing in drafts, reading as a writer, submitting to deadlines, etc.

LDCC5004B

20

CRITICAL THEORY AND PRACTICE

Through a combination of lectures and seminars, this module will explore the theory and practice of literary criticism from the origins of the study of English literature as an academic discipline to the present. In order to do this, we examine not only the work of literary critics and theorists, but also engage with developments in linguistics, economics, psychoanalysis and philosophy, tracing the ways in which these overlap with, and inform, literary study.

LDCL5031A

20

DOING IT YOURSELF: PUNK AND AMERICA

Although the exact provenance of 'punk' remains a contested issue, since its emergence in the mid-1970s this transnational musical and cultural phenomenon has become very much a part of the American grain. Indeed, punk's capacity to adopt, appropriate, assimilate, and re-invent a vast and eclectic range of cultural styles, forms, and ideas, as well as its 'do-it-yourself,' places it in a longstanding American intellectual tradition of self-reliance and innovation. In this interdisciplinary module, we will attempt to define punk, and consider what it means to be punk, by examining its influence in music, film, poetry, and fiction. The unit will also explore the socio-political implications of punk in terms of gender, sexuality, and community, and question the possibility of punk in an increasingly globalised and commoditised world.

AMAS5042B

20

EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY WRITING

This module reads fiction, poetry, nonfictional prose, and drama of the eighteenth century, as a means with which to identify the dominant concerns of the epoch (class; gender; the politics of party; increasing secularisation), and to explore some of its debates (aristocracy versus middle class; prose versus poetry; classical or ancient versus modern or contemporary; religious versus secular). We read popular novelists, such as Eliza Haywood, Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Richardson, Laurence Sterne, and Henry Fielding; popular dramatists (Fielding especially); verse both well-known and more obscure (Pope, Gay, Smart); and excerpts from other contemporary sources (didactic, philosophical, political, religious). By the end of the module you will have acquired a knowledge of and sensitivity to the literary genres of the eighteenth century (novel, poetry, prose, drama); a knowledge of the political and cultural landscape; and a knowledge of the conditions of writing (print culture, the beginnings of literary criticism, the professionalization of literature).

LDCL5041A

20

EUROPEAN LITERATURE

This module examines examples of twentieth-century European writing (all read in translation). Rather than (merely) place writers in their national contexts, we will deal with topics, issues and formal experiments that complicate, sometimes transcend, national boundaries. In fact we will interrogate what 'European' might mean in relation to literature - where are the borders? Are continental Europeans fundamentally 'other'? And if so, how does this otherness manifest itself aesthetically, thematically, tonally and formally? We'll look at how writers from different countries frequently challenge the conventions of genre and the conventions of reading and interpreting. Among a range of important innovations (or continuities), we may explore varieties of 'European' modernism, New Objectivity, the absurd, the nouveau roman, noir, or magical realism. We will also ask how European writers have responded to the challenges, upheavals and catastrophes of the twentieth century and how they deal with the ethnic, religious and cultural diversity within Europe. The module includes a weekly lecture. Assessment is by means of an individually chosen project (3500 words) which is supported by individual and group tutorials, a dedicated guidance session and a formative proposal.

LDCL5033B

20

FILMS THAT MADE US AMERICAN: THE 1980S THROUGH THE MOVIES

The module will examine America in the1980s. It will look at youth culture, post-Vietnam revisionism and the 'remasculinization of America', yuppie culture, and the impact of both AIDS and drug addiction. Core factors of study in this module are the effects of both New Right morality upon the American socio-cultural landscape, and Ronald Reagan as postmodern president administrating to a 'celluloid America' of his own fantastic imagining. Overall, the module will offer the chance to analyse the tensions and contradictions of the decade as they were played out in both the content and structure of contemporary American film.

AMAS5019A

20

FROM PUSHKIN TO CHEKHOV: NINETEENTH-CENTURY RUSSIAN FICTION

This module offers students the opportunity to study some of the great works of nineteenth-century Russian fiction by authors such as Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Russian writers were convinced that their country's literature had been too dependent on European models and they set out consciously to create a distinctly 'Russian' tradition. What did this involve and why subsequently were the works of the authors like Dostoevsky and Chekhov received so rapturously when they became available in English translations at the beginning of the twentieth century? We will also examine this writing in its social, historical and political context, which raises questions regarding the significance of gender, censorship and empire.

LDCL5048A

20

LOOKING AT PICTURES: PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUAL CULTURE IN THE USA

Photographic portraits, family albums, anthropological illustrations, lynching postcards, advertisements, food packaging and fashion photos are just some of the pictures that will be "read" and analysed in this module. Students will explore how visual texts can contribute to an understanding of nationhood, class, race, sexuality and identity in the USA. Opening sessions will focus on ways of "reading" visual texts. [No previous experience of working with images is necessary]. Most of the semester will be devoted to analysing how photographic images both reflect and contribute to constructions of American culture.

AMAS5024B

20

MEDIEVAL WRITING

This module aims to provide an introduction to the study of medieval literature. We shall explore together a range of medieval texts (the lyric, allegorical narrative, romance, fabliau, dream vision, 'mystical writing', 'life writing', moral fable, political verse), working slowly both to familiarise ourselves with the difficulties and differences of Middle English and to introduce the distinctive richnesses and complexities of medieval literature. The module falls into three basic parts. The first, which turns to works by Chaucer, Julian of Norwich, and Margery Kempe, is organised generically and topically: close reading of Chaucer's 'Clerk's Tale', 'Merchant's Tale', and 'The Book of the Duchess' and of excerpts from Julian's 'Revelations of Divine Love' and from 'The Book of Marery Kempe' will allow us to introduce medieval allegory, the play of the sacred and the secular in medieval culture, medieval dream vision, and the terms of affective piety and medieval visionary writing. The second and third parts then turn, in more sustained fashion, first to the 'Morall Fabillis' of Roberty Henryson, perhaps the finest poet of the fifteenth century, and to medieval Romance, concentrating on the remarkable poem, 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'.

LDCL5063A

20

MODERNISM

The purpose of this module is to study the literature of the early decades of the twentieth century - roughly 1900-1930 - in particular the work of those authors who attempted to break with received norms of literary style and content. The module is organised as a series of thematic and formal explorations that include attention to at least some of the following: the dissolution of character and gravitation towards psychological states such as fantasy and desire, with the emergence of the unconscious; narrative and temporal disruption, obtrusion of language and other sources of modernist difficulty, the afterlife of religion, as in interest in the unseen and supernatural; the significance of the city, the mass media, and other modern cultural forms; gender and the politics of modernism. The sequence of guiding lectures focuses discussion on a set of specific texts and themes, with their contexts, and these are taken up for consideration in the accompanying seminars. 'Modernism' is thus constructed gradually over the semester as a mosaic of closely related issues, each one reflecting on the others. As well as providing an overview of defining textual features, in prose and poetry, the module is concerned also with the critical reading of modernism in the light of contemporaneous criticism and theory as well as current analyses.

LDCL5045A

20

POLITICAL THEATRE

This module examines the use of theatre and performance - by the State, by oppositional groups, by political activists and by theatre and performance practitioners - to solidify or challenge structures of power. The course looks at specific examples of how theatre and public spectacles have been used in the twentieth century to control or contest the political stage. Examining American, South America, African, Russian, and Eastern European performance in the twentieth century, this class will document and explore through specific performances, videos, dramatic texts and theoretical essays, how performance in theory and practice can be used to explore issues to race, ethnicity, gender, political upheaval and social change within a society.

LDCD5025B

20

PUBLISHING (AUT)

The module will be conceptual as well as practical including discussions and exercises around the design, editing and publishing of a text and what constitutes an editorial policy. In the seminars students will be taught how to set up, run and market their own publications (a magazine/book/fanzine) as well as to justify their editorial, marketing and business strategies. This course will be assessed by a portfolio and a piece of coursework. Three sessions of training on Indesign publishing software will be provided as part of the course. This module will suit students who wish to engage with publishing on a creative and intellectual level as well as learning useful employability skills.

LDCL5064A

20

PUBLISHING (SPR)

The module will be conceptual as well as practical including discussions and exercises around the design, editing and publishing of a text and what constitutes an editorial policy. In the seminars students will be taught how to set up, run and market their own publications (a magazine/book/fanzine) as well as to justify their editorial, marketing and business strategies. This course will be assessed by a portfolio and a piece of coursework. Three sessions of training on Indesign publishing software will be provided as part of the course. This module will suit students who wish to engage with publishing on a creative and intellectual level as well as learning useful employability skills.

LDCL5065B

20

READING AND WRITING TRANSLATIONS

This course will focus on reading translated texts from around the world, and analysing them in the context of translation theory. Examples of texts explored may include work by Hans Christian Andersen, Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, David Grossman, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Stieg Larsson, Pablo Neruda and Georges Perec, and translation theorists studied may include Jerome, John Dryden, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Eugene Nida, Gideon Toury, Hans Vermeer, Luise von Flotow and Lawrence Venuti. Students will also regularly carry out their own literary translations, and these will be workshopped in class. Coursework assignments will include analyses of translated texts, translations and self-commentaries on translations. A thorough reading knowledge of another language besides English is advisable, but not essential.

LDCL5061A

20

ROMANTICISM 1780-1840

Romantic Literature is often thought of as poetry, primarily work by Blake, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats and Bryon. But the signs and forms of Romantic sensibility can also be found in a much broader constituency of writing practice: the novel, letter writing, the essay, political and aesthetic theory, and writing of all kinds taken as social critique. This module is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars.

LDCL5034B

20

SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY WRITING: RENAISSANCE AND REVOLUTION

This module introduces you to the poetry, drama and prose of one of Britain's most exciting and turbulent periods of cultural, political and intellectual transformation: the seventeenth century. The module works through lectures, which establish larger questions we might ask of the week's material, and seminars, in which we close read passages of texts together intensively. We begin in the early-seventeenth century by exploring the ways English writing was transformed by its encounters with classical texts and by religious experience, before turning to explore women writers' complicated relationship to early-modern literary culture. In the module's second half, we ask how literary forms were transformed by the extraordinary upheavals of the English civil war and the execution of the monarch. Throughout, we learn how knowledge of the circumstances of texts' publication and readership can help us to interpret literature. Authors we study include famous figures such as Ben Jonson, Andrew Marvell, and John Milton (including a look at his masterpiece, Paradise Lost), as well as many lesser-known writers, including women like Lucy Hutchinson and Amelia Lanyer, and Norwich's greatest writer, Thomas Browne. You will have the chance to read translations of several of the classical authors (including Horace and Martial) who influenced them. The module includes a visit to the Norfolk Heritage Centre (in the centre of Norwich) to see their remarkable collection of seventeenth-century books.

LDCL5042A

20

SHAKESPEARE

The aim of this lecture-seminar module is to help you become a better reader of Shakespearean drama. He was writing between about 1590 and about 1610; obviously his plays speak to us over a great cultural distance, and we can find fresh ways of reading them by exploring the theatrical, generic and historical frameworks in which they were written and staged. The lectures, then, will introduce a range of contexts, and the seminars will seek to turn them to account in the reading of the dramatic texts themselves.

LDCL5070B

20

SOUTHERN LITERATURE

"Tell us about the South. What's it like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there. Why do they live at all."- William Faulkner. The development of Southern writing in the twentieth century is one of the most compelling stories in the history of American literature. In this module we will examine the ways in which a wide variety of writers-including some of the most important voices of the twentieth century- tried to tell about the South. We will explore what, if anything, gives Southern literature a distinct voice, and consider the nature of its regional identity in the wake of the so-called Americanization of Dixie. We will, of course, consider the issue of race and racism in the South, and its concomitant effect on Southern writing, black and white. And whilst debating the changes that Southern literature has undergone, we will also explore the significant changes which have affected the South itself, and its role in the life of the nation.

AMAL5037B

20

THE BEATS AND THE LIMITS OF WRITING

This module covers the writers known as 'The Beats' in terms of their antecedents, the literary and cultural traditions in which they worked, and the social and critical debates that raged during their heyday. Students will be asked to read widely, to compare and contrast different writers' styles, and to make informed judgements about the writers' relationships to the times in which they wrote. The module aims to foster an understanding of the Beat literary phenomenon in literary, political and social contexts. It will also examine the debts Beat writers owed to 'American Renaissance' writers including Emerson and Whitman, to wider ideas of the 'avant-garde' in the Twentieth Century generally, and to European Romantic traditions. It will investigate how a Beat poetics developed as a response to Cold War 'consensus culture', and sought to establish a countercultural (though distinctly American) 'tradition'.

AMAL5076A

20

THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE

Centred in New York City, the Harlem Renaissance was a period of intense cultural production and political activity amongst African Americans in the early twentieth century. This movement is often credited with ushering in the era of the 'New Negro' - a generation of defiant and empowered black Americans who claimed the right to "speak for themselves" in the face of race discrimination. Through an intensive interdisciplinary examination of African American fiction, poetry, political writing, music, painting and theatre, this module will assess the significance of the Harlem Renaissance both in the United States and overseas. Students will be asked to explore these issues by examining, among other works, the novels of Claude McKay, Nella Larsen and Zora Neale Hurston, poetry by Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen as well as the blues lyrics of Billie Holiday and Ma Rainey.

AMAS5039B

20

THE HOLOCAUST IN AMERICAN LITERATURE

This module aims to explore representations of the Holocaust in American literature. Students will explore how the Holocaust is represented by American Jewish and non-Jewish authors. Students will consider whether, and how, the Holocaust is 'Americanised' by American writers; they will consider some of the ethical and philosophical debates concerning representation of the Holocaust in art; they will examine how American Jewish writers engage with the Holocaust to negotiate questions of Jewish identity; and they will consider the problematic uses and definitions of the term 'holocaust' in American culture.

AMAL5016B

20

THE WRITING OF JOURNALISM (AUT)

The Writing of Journalism is concerned with journalism as a practice, and a genre. By examining different types of writing involved in a range of journalism, including short news stories, running stories, online journalism, reviews, and feature writing (including interviewing), we will identify and develop the skills needed to produce these. In addition to writing journalism themselves, students will examine journalistic writing and critical work about issues in the writing of journalism to probe and challenge their own ideas and assumptions about the practice and production of journalism. Rather than see the practice of journalism and the critical study of journalism as distinct activities, this course aims to engage students as critical readers and writers whose work is informed by both contexts. In so doing, students will gain a greater understanding of the demands and conventions of journalistic writing, develop and sharpen their own work, and gain the discursive flexibility to navigate the writing of journalism today. The module demands a high level of participation, as it is based on discussion, peer-workshops, and practical experience of reading and writing news and feature articles. Regular writing and participation in workshops count towards assessment. Due to the nature of this module, students who work in English as a second or foreign language should meet LDC's EFL score of 6.5. All prospective students are advised that the module involves weekly work to develop effective - and professional - journalism practices.

LDCC5013A

20

THE WRITING OF JOURNALISM (SPR)

The Writing of Journalism is concerned with journalism as a practice, and a genre. By examining different types of writing involved in a range of journalism, including short news stories, running stories, online journalism, reviews, and feature writing (including interviewing), we will identify and develop the skills needed to produce these. In addition to writing journalism themselves, students will examine journalistic writing and critical work about issues in the writing of journalism to probe and challenge their own ideas and assumptions about the practice and production of journalism. Rather than see the practice of journalism and the critical study of journalism as distinct activities, this course aims to engage students as critical readers and writers whose work is informed by both contexts. In so doing, students will gain a greater understanding of the demands and conventions of journalistic writing, develop and sharpen their own work, and gain the discursive flexibility to navigate the writing of journalism today. The module demands a high level of participation, as it is based on discussion, peer-workshops, and practical experience of reading and writing news and feature articles. Regular writing and participation in workshops count towards assessment. Due to the nature of this module, students who work in English as a second or foreign language should meet LDC's EFL score of 6.5. All prospective students are advised that the module involves weekly work to develop effective - and professional - journalism practices.

LDCC5014B

20

THEATRES OF REVOLT: NINETEENTH-CENTURY EUROPEAN DRAMA

Beginning with Ibsen and Strindberg, this module examines the development of modern forms of drama during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, addressing modern concerns - self and society, gender, sexuality, social and class conflicts, creation and destruction, the unconscious - and deploying experimental types of theatre by a range of writers including Chekhov, Maeterlinck, Wilde, Hauptmann, Buchner and Wedekind, as well as the two seminal Scandinavians. We will be looking at versions of Naturalism, Symbolism and Expressionism as modernist modes in drama and suggesting ways in which these shape and anticipate later developments. The main mode is seminar discussion with opportunities to experience the play texts as performances. You may choose to include a performance element as part of your assessment.

LDCL5030A

20

VICTORIAN WRITING

This module aims to equip you with a knowledge of writing from across the nineteenth century, in a variety of modes (fiction, poetry, science, journalism, cultural criticism, nonsense). We will examine authors including George Eliot, Tennyson, Dickens, Darwin, Arnold, Charlotte Bronte, and the Brownings, among others. You will thus develop an awareness of how different kinds of writing in the period draw on, influence, and contest with each other. Likewise, you will acquire a sense for the cultural, political and socio-economic contexts of nineteenth-century writing, and some of the material contexts in which that writing took place (serial publication, popular readership, periodical writing, public controversy).

LDCL5067B

20

WORDS AND IMAGES

The module aims to explore the relationship between words and images in contemporary literature. As well as developing a critical vocabulary with which to discuss how these two media can be combined, the module will survey shifts in the generic conventions of such literature over the last few decades so that students will develop an awareness of the various narrative techniques that such texts employ and be able to discuss these aspects in an informed and critical manner. The theoretical approach will consider narrative, ekphrasis, and critical work in the area by Scott McCloud, Perry Nodelman and Ivan Brunetti, amongst others. The module will analyse established texts by writers and artists such as Art Spiegelman, Alan Moore and Joe Sacco as well as more recent texts. Students will be assessed through critical and/or creative engagement. The module will build upon the level one Writing Texts module and will complement Words and Music and Children's Literature at level three.

LDCL5068B

20

Option A Study (30 credits)

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN GOTHIC

American fiction began in the period of the European Gothic novel, which thus marked the American tradition from the first. In this seminar module we will establish the meaning of gothic conventions and consider their persisting effects in American fiction.

AMAL6024B

30

AMERICAN VIOLENCE

"Violence," the firebrand black militant H. Rap Brown infamously said, "is as American as cherry pie." Many Americans who lived through the turbulent 1960s understood what Brown meant even if they disagreed with his politics. Writing in 1969, the liberal historian Arthur M. Schlesinger conceded that, with the Vietnam War raging overseas and ghetto riots exploding at home on a yearly basis, in the wake of the assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy, and looking at the violent preoccupations of TV and movies, Americans must surely be judged "the most frightening people on the planet." Certainly, viewed from the relatively orderly perspective of Europe, the United States appears to have an exceptional relationship with violence - perhaps represented above all by a homicide rate far higher than other comparable industrialised nations. This module explores key themes in the history of violence in the United States. It takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on a range of sources, including film, photography and music, in order to understand how violence has shaped American society and culture.

AMAS6049A

30

CALIFORNIA DREAMING: NOVELS OF THE GOLDEN STATE

This module looks at the ways in which California has represented itself, or been represented, in fiction. Beginning with the 'first' published Californian novel of 1854, The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta, the Celebrated California Bandit, we will trace the development of the Californian novel into the early twenty-first century. One particular interest is the ways in which Californian novels engage with, dissect, and critique notions of California as a 'dream' or ideal/idyll; and we will explore how novelists address crucial, and often contentious, historical moments in Californian history. Topics include settlement and 'removal'; migration and immigration; corporate interests and 'big business'; Los Angleles as the City of Dreams; and 'global' California. Writers will include some or all of the following: Mary Austin, T C Boyle, Joan Didion, Chester Himes, Frank Norris, Kem Nunn; John Rollin Ridge, Upton Sinclair, John Steinbeck, Helena Maria Viramontes, Nathaniel West, and Karen Tei Yamashita.

AMAL6044A

30

NATIVE AMERICAN WRITING AND FILM

This module considers Native American writing and film as sites of cultural and political resistance, analysing the ways in which a diverse range of Native authors, screenwriters and directors within the United States respond to contemporary tribal socio-economic and political conditions. Taking popular ideas of 'the Indian', this module considers the ways in which stereotypes and audience expectations are subverted and challenged. Topics include race and racism, indigeneity, identity, culture, gender, genre, land and notions of 'home', community, dialogue, postcolonial theory in its application to those who remain colonised, and political issues such as human rights and environmental racism.

AMAS6027B

30

NEW AMERICAN CENTURY: CULTURE AND CRISIS

A two semester special subject American Studies module that reads contemporary American culture through the lens of crisis. On the eve of the twenty-first century it appeared that the United States of America was indeed entering into a new American Century with its role as global leader as strongly defined as it was a century earlier. However, the last decade has been witness to a nation in turmoil and crisis, from the conflict between a universalising (Americanising) globalisation and an introspective nationalism; the war on terror and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq; environmental crisis and disaster; the conflict surrounding immigration and national identity, to the present financial crisis. The renewed and vigorous return to rhetoric of national 'unity' that characterised the campaign and election of Barack Obama as President of the United States in 2008 highlighted the historical divisions and crises of American society and underscored that contemporary America is in crisis geopolitically, economically, democratically, environmentally, and culturally. Indeed, Obama's presidency has witnessed further polarisation of American politics and culture with the birth of the Tea Party Movement and the very recent Occupy Wall Street (now global) movement. Through a variety of cultural texts, from literature, film and documentary, political speeches and letters, to historical texts and pop culture, this course examines the ways in which these crises have been culturally and politically constructed and given particular sets of meaning and the ways in which these 'meanings' have been utilised and mobilised to further create 'Fortress America' and its particular brand of nationalism at the expense of all 'others', whether outside or inside the United States. The way culture has engaged with, coproduced, and resisted these sets of meanings will be the main focus of this module.

AMAS6031Y

60

TALES OF THE JAZZ AGE

This module examines American prose of the 1920s in the context of the Jazz Age. American literature of the 20s is often conflated with modernism, or the expatriate experience, or the Harlem Renaissance; this module will consider 1920s writing in the context of the market and the rise of professional authorship, anxieties about imitation and the middlebrow and conformism, and the pressures of commercial success on fiction. It will draw on reception studies and the influence of publication formats (mass-market magazines, serial publication, the burgeoning market for film adaptations). Texts will be drawn from a mix of "high" and "low." After considering the pressures of commercialism on the publication of The Waste Land, texts could include the short stories of Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise, The Sun Also Rises, The Great Gatsby, Babbitt, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Winesburg, Ohio, Glimpses of the Moon, and Manhattan Transfer. Students will also be expected to research journalism of the day, such as The New Yorker and the New York Times, which have accessible online archives.

AMAL6020A

30

THE AMERICAN BODY

This module reads the changing values, presentations and representations of the body that move through and construct American culture. This module will involve pairing theoretical perspectives with current and historical ideas of the body to allow us to interrogate intellectual and popular meanings assigned to and played out through the body, reading particular moments in American writing, art, photography and popular forms for the things they might tell us about corporality and self presentation, but also about the wider structures of the social and cultural environment. We will engage with canonical debates about race, gender, sexuality and ideas of 'representation', but also with categories that cut across and through these modes of reading - with the normal and the ideal, ideas of illness and wellness, ability and disability, of the organic and the machine, of the body under servitude, or under punishment, and with the whole idea of embodiment in itself. This module - like all other modules at this level - requires a substantial, regular, reading commitment.

AMAS6040A

30

THE AMERICAN NOVEL IN THE LATE 20TH CENTURY 1950 - 2000

This module will build on (without requiring or duplicating) The American Novel in the Early Twentieth century to continue study on the American novel through a selection of post-war texts. We will take in the surrounding literary, historical and critical debates, exploring the historical and cultural placement of these novels, and thinking through both their contemporary contexts and the ways in which our own reading is conditioned by historical and cultural concerns. Through close reading we will also look at the stylistic diversity of the period to unravel how these novels work on their readers and how they re-imagine the form of the novel. We will consider post modernity and post war conditions and will be looking to investigate areas such as representation of place and class, experimental and realist narratives, the myth of the 'Great American Novel', the place of the expatriate and immigrant in American life, fantasies of the American Dream, and ideas and negotiations of gender and race in the period.

AMAL6047A

30

THE LITERARY 1960s

When thinking of the sixties, literature, in general, is not what immediately springs to mind - pushed, as it is, to the background of music and the counterculture. Yet the decade brought about many profound changes in the paradigms of literature. Amongst such changes was the proliferation of metafiction as a narrative response to both the 'exhaustion' of literature in the light of the period's dramatic events, and to the new literary and philosophical developments in critical theory (poststructuralism). There was also the emergence of two 'new' genres: new journalism, and the non-fiction novel. This module is an examination of literary responses to the many changes and challenges brought about in this decade. It will discuss whether literature simply recoiled into solipsistic abstraction or whether it was a motivating force in the general struggle to conceptualize a 'new' or countercultural American consciousness.

AMAL6038B

30

Option B Study (30 credits)

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

18TH CENTURY VOYAGE LITERATURE

The eighteenth-century reading public eagerly devoured narratives of voyages around the world. In this course we will survey the diverse range of voyage literature this century produced. We will read accounts of actual and fictional voyages, as well as narratives that fall somewhere between the real and the imaginary. Key questions for us will be how voyagers' identities and ideas are reshaped through the experience of the sea and its islands, how our texts both articulate and question the ideologies underpinning Britain's maritime empire, and how voyage literature connects to other literary genres, including the novel, romance, history, utopia and anecdote. Texts include Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, James Cook's Endeavour Journal, Daniel Defoe's The Storm, Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, Janet Schaw's Journal of a Lady of Quality and Tobias Smollett's Roderick Random. THIS MODULE FULFILS THE PRE-1789 REQUIREMENT.

LDCL6108B

30

ADOPTING/ ADAPTING/ UPDATING

From Virgil's imperialist taming of Homer, to Jean Rhys's postcolonial 'prequel' to Jane Eyre, to Helen Fielding's homage to Jane Austen by way of the hapless Bridget Jones, writers have always engaged their literary predecessors in ways that claim new imaginative and critical space. This creative-critical module explores the many modes in which these borrowings, textual interventions or creative (mis)readings may be performed and developed, and considers what, in turn, they reveal about moments and movements in literary history. Whether re-writing's compositional strategies are theorised as anxiety, irreverence or playful postmodern intertextuality, we will consider how they may also be a rogue and subversive form of reading; one that functions both as critique of the 'parent' text and a means of generating fresh creative directions.

LDCL6140B

30

CHARLES DICKENS: BEYOND REALITY

Charles Dickens has been described, and cherished, as one of the great chroniclers of the panorama of mid-Victorian society. At the same time, much modern criticism has rightly emphasised what a strange and innovative writer he is, less a documentary social realist than an early practitioner of what might now be called 'magical realism',. This module will examine works from across Dickens's writing career, in a variety of different modes - fiction, journalism, drama, and public speaking - reading them not only in the context of Dickens's times, but also in the context of how other writers in those times dealt with comparable questions. As a result, students will be able to develop their larger interests in the relationships between social reality and its literary representations, in a module which combines in-depth study of Dickins with a broader engagement with theories of realism.

LDCL6136A

30

CHAUCER

The focus of this module is distinctively singular: it is devoted to sustained engagement with the rich and complex writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. We shall explore Chaucer's works in relation to their social and cultural contexts (literary, political, philosophical). The module is structured in, I hope, two securely complementary parts. After an introduction via two of Chaucer's early dream poems, The Book of the Duchess and The Parlement of the Foules, we shall spend four weeks concentrating on Troilus and Criseyde, in my opinion Chaucer's very greatest work. We shall explore the poem's characteristically Chaucerian generic complexity and it's engagement with medieval literary an philosophical traditions. We shall also use the poem to establish a set of interpretative questions and structures with which to turn, after Reading Week, to the even more ambitiously heterogeneous Canterbury Tales.

LDCL6053A

30

CULTURES OF SUBURBIA

The history of twentieth-century literature is often told from the perspective of the metropolitan avant-garde. Modernist writers and intellectuals by turns celebrated or abominated the modern metropolis, but they tended to agree that the urban and the modern were inextricably linked. They were also often united by a hatred of suburbia, which they associated with the rise of a pooterish middle class and in turn with an irredeemably philistine, socially conservative middlebrow culture. Wyndham Lewis famously blasted 'the purgatory of Putney'. Yet in certain respects the twentieth century was the suburban century, as the cities continued their horizontal expansion and the separation of 'life' and 'work' that is the suburban response to industrialism became widespread. The growth of suburbia from the late nineteenth century to the present day has provoked a fascinating variety of cultural responses, including, but not limited to, hostile denunciations. Writers, artists and filmmakers found much opportunity for comedy in suburban habits, values and aspirations. They considered the emergence of the suburban housewife and the implications for this for women and for feminism. They debated the architecture and planning of the suburbs, notably through engagements with the Garden City and Garden Suburb movements. They speculated about the political implications of the growth of a literate, home-owning suburban middle class. They depicted the effects of mass immigration on suburbia and the development of suburban multiculture. They pointed to the uncanny and even the surreal aspects of suburban life. This module explores the literature and cultural geography of suburbia in Britain and the United States, and in so doing it suggests an alternative history of modernity, told not from the centre but from the periphery. Writers covered might include: George and Weedon Grossmith, Arthur Machen, William Morris, C.F.G Masterman, Ebenezer Howard, H. G. Wells, Dorothy Richardson, George Orwell, Stevie Smith, Elizabeth Bowen, Doris Lessing, Richard Yates, Hanif Kureshi, J. G Ballard and Julian Barnes. We will also consider examples of suburban film and television.

LDCL6095A

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DRAMA AND LITERATURE: THE QUESTION OF GENRE

This seminar will explore the boundaries between drama and other genres (kinds, art-forms, media) in an attempt to investigate a number of interrelated theoretical questions. We shall explore these issues via various types of activity - practical criticism, critiques of literary theory, performance analysis, personal theatrical adaptations. The set texts are works of literature which do not quite fit generically - particularly plays that seem to be in some sense 'epic', or novels in some sense 'theatrical', ranging from Shakespeare in the 17th century through to Gay and Fielding in the 18th and Dostoyevsky and Chekhov in the 19th.

LDCL6017B

30

FEMINIST WRITING

We are witnessing an upsurge in feminist activism which some claim is forming the fourth wave of feminism. It is timely then to reconsider how feminist writing (literary texts, literary theory and literary criticism) has helped to shape, influence and articulate debates about gender, sexuality and society in the past and how contemporary feminist writing is continung to be part of that conversation now. This course offers an opportunity to read and analyse some of the most influential feminist literary texts and literary theory. Writers studied on the course may include Kate Chopin, Zora Neale Hurston, Margaret Atwood, Henrik Ibsen, Angela Carter, Alice Walker, Jeanette Winterson, Edith Wharton, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf, Ali Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as well as writings from an anthology of feminist writings from Arab women, Students will study the ways in which feminist criticism and theory (including Kristeva, Cixous, bell hooks, Irigaray and Showalter) has reshaped the canon, challenged the ways literature is taught as well as making us consider what literature can, might and ought to be. Feminism has also exacted different forms of writing and challenged dominant modes of representation. We will take a particularly close look at the relationship between feminism and the gothic, the short story and experimental writing. Assessment will be by course work and project and students will be required to be assessed in both critical and creative modes. Male and female students are equally welcome.

LDCL6132B

30

FROM KAFKA TO SEBALD: ASPECTS OF 20TH CENTURY 'GERMAN' WRITING

This module presents an opportuntiy to study in depth a number of key works of 20th century German literature and to explore ways in which they respond to, and reflect, the upheavals of 20th century history. While the focus will be largely on works of prose fiction, this does not preclude the study of other genres. Starting with the modernist crisis of language ("Chandos-crisis") we will look at works by authors such as Kafka, Rilke, Benjamin, Thomas Mann, Joseph Roth, Elias Canetti, Paul Celan, Ingeborg Bachmann, Christa Wolf and W. G. Sebald. All works studied are available in translation so a knowledge of German, while always welcome, is not a requirement.

LDCL6128B

30

LATIN AMERICAN NARRATIVES

While the term 'narrative' in Spanish is often used to denote fiction it is not restrictive to the genre. The aim of this module is to explore the core of storytelling that underpins Latin American literature and which surfaces in various forms of writing from the 'microrelato' to the short story, the prose poem as well as the 'rewriting' exercise/critical appraisal, such as Alejandra Pizarnik's the Bloody Countess. A further aspect of this module is to attempt to disentangle the web of literary influences woven into some of these Latin American narratives as well as to trace the itinerary of these influential threads as they travelled from the South of the American continent to other literatures. As the editors of Issue 113 of Granta have stated "who would hve imagined fifteen years ago that writings of the outcast Chilean Roberto Bolano who washed ashore in Barcelona via Mexico, would exercise so wide an influence on writers in Spain, Latin America and across the world:" And yet, Bolano's literary output is unthinkable without Borges, just as the Colombian Juan gabriel Vasquez' Secret History of Costaguana is inconceivable without Conrad's Nostromo. Readings will include works by Borges, Cortazar, Bolano, Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Clarice Lispector, Alejandra Pizarnik, amongst others. The module would elaborate upon the level one Writing Texts module and would complement World Literature: Reading Globally.

LDCL6093A

30

LITERATURE AND DECONSTRUCTION

In an interview with Derek Attridge, Jacques Derrida describes literature as 'this strange institution which allows one to say everything'. This module explores the writings of Derrida and related thinkers alongside a range of literary texts, including works by Keats, Shakespeare and Joyce. Through a combination of lectures and seminars, we will think about the strangenesses of literature, look at the ways in which it is an 'institution' and consider the kinds of freedom - of speech, writing and thinking - it permits. Our aim throughout will be to establish the possibilities for literary criticism opened up by deconstruction. The module is open to everyone, but may be of particular interest to those who studied critical theory in the second year.

LDCL6048A

30

LITERATURE AND HUMAN RIGHTS

From protests against torture and censorship to justice and reconciliation trials, from the Holocaust to Apartheid, from testimony to the postcolonial novel, a distinctive literary sensibility informs our contemporary sense of rights. This module traces the emergence of human rights as a cultural and literary idea from their revolutionary conception in the eighteen century, through the United Nations of Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to the present, taking in key literary responses to injustice, suffering and atrocity. We will ask how literature has contributed to understanding human rights and examine how writing has been thought of as a form of 'righting'. This module suits students who enjoy the challenges of literary theory and politics, and who are interested in thinking seriously about the relationship between literature and its 'real world' applications and significance. You will also be encouraged to develop your own writing practice in relation to contemporary rights debates.

LDCL6031B

30

LITERATURE AND OPERA

Sixteenth-century Italian literati created opera as the rebirth of Greek Tragedy. From its basic form as word-plus-music to its repeated reforms that have put now text, now music, now drama first,opera and literature have constantly complemented and competed with each other. This module explores the relationship between opera and various kinds of literature, including drama, prose, and poetry. We will ask "How can an orchestra narrate?" "How is an opera libretto like a movie script?" "Why do certain literary texts invite musical adaptation more than others?" and "What is the 'best' literary analogy for opera: drama, poetry, or the novel?" Students will also compare various operas with their literary sources in order to better understand how different media represent race, gender, and nationality. Composers will include Brittten, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Rossini, and Weill. Authors will include Shakespeare, Wilde, Brecht, James, Scott, Joyce and Aeschylus.

LDCL6101B

30

LITERATURE DISSERTATION: POST-1789 (AUT)

This module is an advanced-level module, for final year students only. It provides students with the opportunity to write an 8000-word dissertation on literature of the period from 1789 to the present day (excluding American literature). The dissertation topic must be agreed by a supervisor, and both topic and supervisor approved by the module organiser by the end of the previous semester.

LDCL6018A

30

LITERATURE DISSERTATION: POST-1789 (SPR)

This module is an advanced-level module, for final year students only. It provides students with the opportunity to write an 8000-word dissertation on literature of the period from 1789 to the present day (excluding American literature). The dissertation topic must be agreed by a supervisor, and both topic and supervisor approved by the module organiser by the end of the previous semester.

LDCL6019B

30

LITERATURE DISSERTATION: PRE-1789 (AUT)

This module is an advanced-level unit, for final year students only. It provides students with the opportunity to write an 8000-word dissertation on literature of the period up to 1830 (excluding American literature). The dissertation topic must be agreed by a supervisor, and both topic and supervisor approved by the module organiser by the end of the previous semester.

LDCL6061A

30

LITERATURE DISSERTATION: PRE-1789 (SPR)

This module is an advanced-level module, for final year students only. It provides students with the opportunity to write an 8000-word dissertation on literature of the period up to 1830 (excluding American literature). The dissertation topic must be agreed by a supervisor, and both topic and supervisor approved by the module organiser by the end of the previous semester.

LDCL6062B

30

LYRIC

The module will incorporate a historical survey of Western lyric, looking at its inception in the poetry of Pindar and Sappho, and the Aristotelian division of poetic arts in lyric, dramatic and epic. It will cover lyrics from Provencal troubadour poets through the Italian and English renaissance to Romantic lyric. Finally, it will cover the fate of lyric in the present day, from 'conceptual writing' and 'post-humanism' which offer a thoroughgoing rejection of lyric, to the embrace of lyric in contemporary young poets. The module will start by considering the question: 'What is lyric'? The purpose is not to establish a transhistorical concept of lyric as genre or mode, but rather to see how different thinkers at different times have approached it. This is a particularly timely question for literary criticism and poetics. We will isolate certain tropes, ethics, and focal points that are taken to be characteristic of lyric, whilst at the same time probing the historicity of lyric as a concept, especially regarding the ideology of the lyric 'I' that is associated with romanticism. This module fulfils the pre-1789 requirement.

LDCL6087A

30

MADNESS AND MEDICINE: WOMEN'S WRITING IN THE REGENCY

This module will study late 18th-century and early 19th-century writings in the context of scientific and medical innovation. We consider whether it may be appropriate to view the work of novelists such as Maria Edgeworth, Jane Austen and Mary Shelley as a response to, and even a protest against these newly (or, more correctly, nearly) professionalised, male-dominated worlds. These women writers often concern themselves with the 'consumers' as well as the providers of the services offered by these professions; this module considers why that might be and how this kind of contextualisation might impact upon our readings of their work.

LDCL6042A

30

MEDIEVAL ARTHURIAN TRADITIONS

From Welsh folklore to Monty Python, the tales of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table have excited and intrigued generations. Why? To answer this question we explore the development of the legend from its twelfth-century Celtic roots through to a number of twentieth-century film adaptations. How the legend has been translated across form, genres, cultures and ages will be studied, including examples from Middle English Arthurian Texts, translations of the Welsh Mabinogion, of Monmouth's Latin chronicle and French romance texts. This module will enable students familiar with Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to enhance their awareness of the wider Arthurian traditions within which this text belongs, but is also suitable for students who are encountering medieval literature for the first time.

LDCL6066B

30

MEDIEVAL MONSTROSITIES

Giants, dragons and half-human hybrids are just some of the fantastical creatures that populate Middle English literature. Too readily dismissed by modern readers as mere whimsy, or else the product of credulous minds, instead this module takes monsters seriously as revealing facets of a sophisticated myth-making society. We will consider monsters in a range of genres including romance, saints' legends, travel writing and visual imagery, as well as their reception by medieval and modern readers and critics. We will interrogate the various discourses of monstrosity and consider what makes a monster, including: the horroh and allure of the monstrous body; monstrous appetites; sexuality and sexual deviance; geography and racial alterity. We will also explore the literary and cultural construction of 'human monsters' (women, pagans, Jews) rendered 'other' due to their perceived divergence from societal and religious norms. Throughout the module you will be able to apply your developing understanding of teh discourse of monstrosity in a range of practical contexts including field trips and engagement opportunities. Previous experience of Middle English literature will be an advantage but is not required. This module fulfils the pre-1789 requirement.

LDCL6081B

30

NERVOUS NARRATIVES

'We all say it's nerves, and none of us knows what it means', says a character in Wilkie Collins' 1860 novel, The Woman in White. Our aim is to think about how a discourse of the 'nerves' - the 'nervous temperament' and nervous illness - can be both so pervasive culturally and so slippery in its meaning. This interdisciplinary module takes you from the late 17th century, when the concept of 'neurologie' first emerged, to the 21st century, linking literary, medical and philosophical writing to explore the representation of the 'nerves'. The historical range of the module is not meant to imply a transhistorical understanding of nervous illness or temperament, but rather will enable us to analyse the historically specific nature of the nervous body and what it is made to mean, culturally, within different contexts. In this way, we will be working with issues as diverse as religious 'enthusiasm', hysteria and hypochondria, sensibility, sensation, fear of modernity, manliness and effeminacy, shell-shock, PTSD and the concepts of the healthy or fragile body of the nation. Spanning time and genre, the literary texts studied will take us from the earliest, Jonathan Swift's satire, A Tale of a Tub (1704) up to the contemporary: Siri Hustvedt's novel, What I Loved (2003) and her analytical memoir, The Shaking Woman, Or, A History of My Nerves (2010).

LDCL6046A

30

NEW WORLDS: SCIENCE FICTION AND BEYOND

It has been suggested that science fiction was the authentic literature of the twentieth century, yet it has also been seen as a genre cut off from the literary mainstream, its provenance, tropes and generic limits contested. Are there distinctions betwen science fiction, speculative fiction and even sci-fi? This module aims to explore science fiction as a mode by investigating varous definitions of science fiction and asking: what possibilities does it offer to writers? How does it mediate the relationship between literature and science (and technology): And how have writers gone beyond the conventional limits of the genre (and we will also consider other media)? The module will look at thematic clusters of texts, often pushing the boundaries of the conventional sci-fi canon and encouraging students to think across different literary periods about the antecedents of science fiction. We will consider such themes as interplanetary travel, time travel, ecological catastrope, speculative fiction, experiments with scale, and steam punk and writers studied might include H.G. Wells, John Wyndham, Ursula K. Le Guin, J.G. Ballard, Margaret Atwood and China Mieville.

LDCL6116B

30

NONFICTIONAL LIVES IN FICTION AND DRAMA

More and more frequently contemporary novelists and dramatists use recent events and living people (or those within living memory) in works that are ostensibly fiction. This module will examine the issues in writing about people who are alive or remembered in fictional accounts and ask whether there should be ethical constraints in doing so. It will trace the blend of fact and fiction in prose and drama from Daniel Defoe to Thomas Keneally, taking in the novels of Gordon Burn and the plays of David Hare, and will explore whether documentary theatre can ever be anything other than fictional. It will also offer students the chance to write their own work of fictionalised prose or drama based on contemporary or recent events and people, and submit a critical essay examining the issues raised in this work. The balance of the assessment will be 50% creative, 50% critical.

LDCC6099A

30

POETRY IN DARK TIMES?

This module will engage with the poetry of three major poets (Holderlin, Rilke, Celan) who, writing in (and against) the Romantic, Modernist and post-Holocaust eras respectively, test language (in this case German) to the very limits of its expressive possibilities, and thus present an equivalent challenge to some of the most gifted post-translators of our day. The focus will be on Rilke's Duino Elegies, one of the great works of 20th century Modernism, whose composition spans the period of the First World War. This seminar module offers an opportunity, by means of close reading, to explore these major works in detail, to consider the position of the poet and the lyric voice in times of crisis and transition, and to locate them within the wider Western poetic tradition. All texts studied are readily available in a range of English translations.

LDCL6023A

30

QUEER LITERATURE AND THEORY

This module offers students the chance to learn about LGBTQ literature and its development in English-speaking countries, as well as approaches to queer theory. This means analysing sexuality and gender and the representation of such identities in literature and also connections between literature and the broader culture. Authors studied may include James Baldwin, Alison Bechdel, Gore Vidal, and Sarah Waters, as well as children's books and young adult novels by Alex Sanchez, Nancy Garden, Ellen Wittlinger, and Marcus Ewert. Authors of theoretical texts looked at may include Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Judith Butler, Leo Bersani, and Teresa de Lauretis. Understanding how LGBTQ characters are featured in literature also helps us to see how queer people are understood in a given society in general. This course also aims to look at a variety of genres in order to see how these different text types work and how they approach similar material in different ways. This module also includes presentations and a writing workshop.

LDCL6033B

30

ROMANTIC ORIENTALISM, 1780-1830

The fascination with the "East" and the "Exotic" (the "Oriental Renaissance") was an important element of the British Romantic period. This module will explore the material history of British involvement in the 'East' in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; how that 'East' was constructed and represented for a western metropolitan audience; and explore the cultural productions of that involvement in poetry, fictional, prose and visual art. Texts discussed will include writing by well-known Romantic writers, such as S. T. Coleridge, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and Thomas de Quincey, as well as those by William Beckford, Sir William Jones, Sydney Owenson (Lady Morgan). It will explore the influence of Arabian Nights on Gothic and Romantic period writing. Areas discussed will include India, Persia, the Levant, and China. The module will discuss such writings in the light of contemporary postcolonial theories of Orientalism including criticism by Edward Said, Gayatori Spivak, Abdul JanMohammed and others. This module will concentrate in particular on the representation of the Indian people, places and cultures of the Indian sub continent.

LDCL6091A

30

SATIRE

'Satire is problematic, open ended, essayistic, ambiguous in relation to history, uncertain in its political effects, resistant to final closure, more inclined to ask questions than provide answers, ambivalent about the pleasures it offers' (Dustin Griffin).The aim of this module is to investigate the problematic territory of satire. Using examples from modern and contemporary fiction and journalism alongside early modern and classical satire, we will formulate a critical and conceptual map, which will in turn allow us to discuss some of the problems of satire (those of genre, of gender, of politics, of morality, of history), and to explore some of the paradoxes of its strategies and functions (freedom versus limits; subversion versus conformity; transformation versus stasis).Writers under discussion will include Juvenal, Horace, Swift and Pope; John Dryden, Eliza Haywood, Delarivier Manley, Evelyn Waugh, and Jonathan Coe.This module offers the opportunity for one or more of the assessments to e a creative writing piece. This module counts towards the pre-1789 requirement.

LDCL6085B

30

SHAKESPEARE: SHADOW AND SUBSTANCE

Platonist epistemology permeated Elizabethan culture: the aim of this module is to explore the relationship of Shakespeare's topic of the world as a stage to Neoplatonic conceptions of perception, politics, poetry and love.

LDCL6056B

30

STOP, LOOK, LISTEN

This is a module about attention and description, and about how the two together might constitute a way of life. Our reference point will be the journal of the English poet R.F. Langley, an extraordinary volume of set-piece encounters with the natural world, with artworks and with everyday objects and spaces. We'll read Langley's descriptions alongside the words or images or objects to which he attends. We'll trace the aesthetic and philosophical influences that form what we'll consider as a poetics of description, including Ruskin, Adrian Stokes and Merleau-Ponty. And we'll look at other examples of writing which seek closely to transcribe and account for acts of attention, whether involving nature (Dorothy Wordsworth, Hopkins, Richard Jefferies, Edward Thomas) or art (Walter Pater and T.J.Clark, amongst others). The module will include also a consideration of the theory and practice of ekphrasis, the rhetorical figure closest to the writing in question here, and of the relation of description and narrative in the novel. Stop, Look and Listen is intended for both literature and creative writing students, especially those with an interest in visual art, aesthetics and nature writing. It should offer considerable scope for creative-critical experiment.

LDCL6112A

30

T.S. ELIOT AND TWENTIETH CENTURY POETRY

The poetry of T.S. Eliot has a unique place in modern verse as a body of writing that combines mass popular appeal with intense intellectual challenge. The first half of this module will take students chronologically through the various stages of Eliot's Collected Poems, from the nineteenth-century influences that combined to prudcue 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' (1915) to the wartime contexts of his final major poem, Four Quartets (1944). It will also offer an introduction to Eliot's literary criticism as well as criticism written about him. The first coursework essay will take the form of an editorial commentary on a chosen poem or passage, giving students an opportunity to follow up allusions and interpretations through wider reading. The second half of the module will look more broadly at Eliot's influence as a poet, critic, and editor. Beginning with his own views of the need to reinvent poetry's cultural significance for the twentieth century, we will consider the importance of Eliot's example to later poets in Britain (W.H. Auden, W.S. Graham, Sylvia Plath, Geoffrey Hill, J.H. Prynne) as well as around the world, such as John Ashbery (American), Kamau Brathwaite (West Indies), Seamus Heaney (Ireland), Tomas Transtromer (Sweden) and Gwen Harwood (Australia). The final project will be 3,000-word essay on any Eliot-related topic of the student's choosing, and may take the form of a creative-critical poetry portfolio and self-commentary in response to the reading for the course.

LDCL6122B

30

THE ART OF EMOTION: LITERATURE, WRITING AND FEELING

According to Roland Barthes, emotion is 'a disturbance, a bordering on collapse: something perverse, under respectable appearances; emotion is even, perhaps, the slyest of losses'. This module takes this 'perversity, under respectable appearance' as the starting point for asking how an an attention to our emotions - our feeling, affects, and intimacies, as well as our aversions - can make us rethink what it means to be critical and creative readers and writers. Drawing on a range of theoretical and critical work from literary studies, cultural theory, art, philosophy, sociology, neuroscience, psychology, creativity and creative writing studies, cognitive science, history and anthropology, we will ask what it means to read, and write, 'with feeling'. What is the relationship between language and feeling? Between the body and emotion? How does literature touch and move us? Are our 'aesthetic' emotions real? How does technology - the digital, virtual, prosthetic and online - affect our ideas about emotion? Are emotions universal and timeless, or historically and culturally specific? Private and personal, or collective and public? How do emotions construct gender, class, race, nationality, and other kinds of identity? Why do some feelings attract more critical interest than others? How does an attention to emotion affect our work as readers and writers? We will begin by building a theoretical and critical literacy for thinking feeling, before focusing our inquiry around specific themes that might include: Animal Passions; Pscyhe, Pathology and Resistances to Psychoanalysis; Feeling Texts: Touch, Texture and Fictional Fabrications; Moving Fictions: Cinema, Virtuality, and E-motion; Zombies: Can Dead Subjects Feel?; Affective Economies; Queering Feeling; and Feeling Human: Robots, Artificial Intelligence and Clones. We will engage with a range of literary texts and other aesthetic forms (such as art, film, etc.) chosen to correspond with our critical concerns. You will have the opportunity to engage both as critical and creative readers and writers, and there will be critical and creative assessment options. This module is open to all students. It will complement level 3 options such as 'Literature and Deconstruction', 'Nervous Narratives', 'Traumaturgies', ' Literature and Human Rights' and 'Queer Theory'.

LDCL6118B

30

THE ART OF MURDER

Crime, like death, has always been with us, yet it was only in the nineteenth century that de Quincey proposed considering murder as one of the fine arts and Poe established many of the central tenets of crime fiction with his 'tales of ratiocination'. Currently, crime fiction is the most bought, and read, literary genre and one diverse enough to include 'whodunits'; Baker Street's most notable resident; the genteel amateur detectives of the 'Golden Age'; hard-boiled thrillers; noir; psychological fiction and even the post-modern iterations of anti-detective fiction. Narratives about crime and criminals, detection and sleuths (not forgetting the violence and victims) can be both conservatively formulaic and radically diverse. It can articulate dangerous and disturbing transgressions against society (the crime) while also revealing the ideological forces of law (what constitutes a crime) order (the various detective figures) and the systems of justice and ill-justice (courts and punishment, state and government) with which a society protects and proscribes itself. Crime fiction is also concerned with interpreting clues, discovering secrets and solving enigmas, much in the way that critical theory investigates and analyses literary texts. This module aims to explore key texts and writers in the development of crime fiction as well as examining critical and theoretical responses to such texts. It will allow students to respond both creatively and critically to the concerns of, and thinking about, this diverse genre.

LDCL6130A

30

THE CONTESTED PAST: LITERATURE AND THE POLITICS OF MEMORY

How do we negotiate the darker aspects of our past, particularly when individuals' experiences clash with official history? This module explores the public and private practices of remembering and forgetting in the aftermath of civil war, totalitarianism, colonialism or otherwise repressive rule. In particular, we will examine the writer's role as collaborator , witness, archivist or dissident: how does the writer facIlitate access to, and debate about, contentious, painful or obfuscated history? Our approach to the politics of commemoration is interdisciplinary and draws on ideas from philosophy, historiography, memory and cultural studies as well as heritage and museum studies. The primary material encompasses a range of fictional, non-fictional and visual material from a wide range of genres; most of it postwar and relatively recent. Since this is a global issue you will enounter writers from formerly colonised nations in Africa, from Central and Eastern Europe, South America, and the Near and Asia.

LDCL6097A

30

THE GOTHIC

This module seeks to cover some 'canonical' texts of the Gothic Novel (1764-1820) in Walpole, Radcliffe, Mary Shelley, and to consider some later developments of the gothic mode in later 19th and 20th centuries: Poe, Le Fanu, Stevenson, MR James, Elizabeth Bowen, David Storey and Angela Carter. The course also seeks to introduce students to some of the theoretical and historical arguments around the contested nature of the term 'gothic', the Uncanny, the subversiveness or otherwise of this kind of writing, and its relation to the novel genre.

LDCL6024A

30

THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS: NONSENSE AND MODERN WRITING

It's widely recognised that modernist literature is characterised by a revolution of the word. Less widely recognised, and little explored, is the relationship between modernist linguistic experimentalism and literary nonsense, as practised by Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, and others. This course will begin with these well-known nonsense writers and explore their roots in seventeenth and eighteenth-century nonsense, and parallels to Emily Dickinson, before going on to examine some of the adventures in language of major modernist and postmodernist writers. Modernist and postmodernist authors studied are likely to include the Joyce of Finnegans Wake, early Auden, Virginia Woolf, Wallace Stevens, and John Ashbery. This is not a course on children's literature, but on some very challenging modern literature, mostly poetry. It should appeal to those who take a childish pleasure in wordplay and fantasy. You will need to enjoy uncertainty and have good close-reading skills. To do this module you must have studied Modernism, Critical Theory, or one of the 2nd year Creative Writing modules, unless you obtain a waiver from the lecturer.

LDCL6015A

30

TRAUMATURGIES: READING AND WRITING TRAUMA ACROSS CONTEXTS

Trauma haunts the writing of the twentieth century. Slavery, war, patriarchy, terrorism, genocide, colonialism, modernity, technology and post-modernity: these legacies demand to be written and read, and engender a writing singular to their traumas. Yet the writing of these wounds, and the critical work that reads it, raises fundamental questions about whether trauma can ever be represented or understood. Spreading beyond their contexts, these questions effect their own traumas, cracking open our assumptions about what it is possible to read, to write, and indeed to think. Working roughly from the turn of the twentieth century to the present, this module reads a selection of theoretical, literary and critical texts that aim to write and read trauma across cultural, historical, personal and public contexts.

LDCL6050A

30

ULYSSES

This module will provide students with the opportunity to read one of the most famous, yet notoriously unread, novels of the twentieth century. The module has a number of aims. First, it will give students the time and opportunity to try to read and understand James Joyce's Ulysses. Secondly, the module will introduce students to some of the formal innovations typical of modernist writing through the close analysis of techniques such as interior monologue and mythic analogy. Thirdly, it will allow students to read a wide range of responses to Ulysses, both among Joyce's contemporaries, and in the history of twentieth century criticism. Fourthly, the module will situate the text historically, with a particular focus on the way that the text's obscenity affected its reception and circulation in the 1920s and 1930s.

LDCL6076B

30

UNLIKE THEM ALL, AND BETTER? ENGLISHING THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE

This module is predicated on Petrarch's explanation of imitatio, which is that a poet ought to draw upon a number of sources without making any of them explicitly apparent and 'blend them into a oneness that is unlike them all, and better'. As such the module analyses English translations and imitations of influential late medieval and early modern texts, such as Dante's 'Commedia', Boccaccio's 'Filostrato', Petrarch's 'Canzoniere' and Ariosto's 'Orlando furioso'. The course will also examine late medieval and early modern theories of 'translatio' and 'imitatio' formulated by Italian and English authors. In each case the text will be read in 'modern' translation, with excerpts from the original Italian provided, and then compared with a late medieval or early modern translation or imitation. In the case of longer texts specific sections will be identified for study. Petrarach's dictum will be measured via the coursework, which is comprised of two creative-critical crossover exercises. Students are by no means expected to know any Italian or Latin in advance, the triangulation method of analysis (original text, early translation, modern translation) will enable those students who are willing to pick up the very basics if they so choose. Further exercises will be made available via Blackboard in this area. Each three-hour session will involve a workshop element, in which students practise imitation and translation, and each week a student will open the session with a translation from/imitation of the text under examination as a means of initiating the discussion.

LDCL6124B

30

VIRGIL'S CLASSIC EPIC

This module focuses on Virgil's great classical epic, the Aeneid, and it medieval reception. The module falls into two parts: for the first five weeks we concentrate on the Aeneid itself, exploring its structures, contexts and discursive complexities. We shall attend particular closely to the manner in which Virgil constructs his poem by reworking passages from the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. We shall, by and large, focus on a single book in each week, as a way not only of introducing the Aeneid itself but also of looking forward towards the cruces that later readers and rewriters of the poem were drawn to resolve. In the second part of the module, we turn to the reception of the Aeneid in the Middle Ages, for the Aeneid is not only one, an especially rich work in its own right, but also one of the central cultural artefacts in the Western tradition. This is a measure not only of its quality as a poem, but also of its importance as a Roman poem and of Rome's place at the heart of classical and Christian culture. We shall explore the manner in which later readers and rewriters work to reimagine the Aeneid within new cultural horizons, rendering its pagan authority available for new Christian uses and working to resolve its tensions and problematics in a revealing variety of ways.

LDCL6054B

30

WRITING LIFE: BIOGRAPHY AND CREATIVE NON-FICTION

How do writers attempt to capture 'life' in all its various forms? What, if any, are the different requirements in writing the life of a famous (or not so famous) person and that of a city or landscape? What about the 'life' of travel or food and how do you approach writing about the natural world? These are just some of the questions that this module sets out to address. We will be reading a wide variety of texts, from the 'traditional' biography to some of the more experimental examples of creative non-fiction. From Samuel Johnson to essays in The New Yorker, all human (and non-human) life will be there! Students may choose between writing their own piece of Biography or creative Non-Fiction as their final project or submitting a critical essay.

LDCL6026B

30

WRITING RELIGION IN EARLY-MODERN ENGLAND

Writing about God is always difficult: how can the time-bound form of language express the timeless? How can poetic language be adequate to devotion? In the early-modern period, these problems were more acute than at any other point in English literary history. The Reformation had made minute textual distinctions matters of life-and-death controversy. New discoveries about the multiplicity of versions of the biblical text challenged old orthodoxies. Challenge, too, came from the discovery and translation of classical, atheistic views of the origin and history of the universe. These new religious challenges spurred the development of new kinds of literary language and form. They energised many of the greatest writers of the age, including John Donne and John Milton, whose works we will be studying. But lesser-known writers, many of whom were women (including Mary Sidney, Lucy Hutchinson, and Margaret Cavendish), also shaped new forms of devotion and challenges to it. Our work on this module will proceed through intensive close reading of works in a great variety of genres, from lyric poetry to sermons. Although this module should be of interest to those who have studied the second-year 'Seventeenth-Century Writing' module, no prior knowledge of religion or of early-modern writing is assumed. THIS MODULE FULFILS THE PRE-1789 REQUIREMENT.

LDCL6134A

30

Option C Study (60 credits)

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

18TH CENTURY VOYAGE LITERATURE

The eighteenth-century reading public eagerly devoured narratives of voyages around the world. In this course we will survey the diverse range of voyage literature this century produced. We will read accounts of actual and fictional voyages, as well as narratives that fall somewhere between the real and the imaginary. Key questions for us will be how voyagers' identities and ideas are reshaped through the experience of the sea and its islands, how our texts both articulate and question the ideologies underpinning Britain's maritime empire, and how voyage literature connects to other literary genres, including the novel, romance, history, utopia and anecdote. Texts include Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, James Cook's Endeavour Journal, Daniel Defoe's The Storm, Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, Janet Schaw's Journal of a Lady of Quality and Tobias Smollett's Roderick Random. THIS MODULE FULFILS THE PRE-1789 REQUIREMENT.

LDCL6108B

30

ADOPTING/ ADAPTING/ UPDATING

From Virgil's imperialist taming of Homer, to Jean Rhys's postcolonial 'prequel' to Jane Eyre, to Helen Fielding's homage to Jane Austen by way of the hapless Bridget Jones, writers have always engaged their literary predecessors in ways that claim new imaginative and critical space. This creative-critical module explores the many modes in which these borrowings, textual interventions or creative (mis)readings may be performed and developed, and considers what, in turn, they reveal about moments and movements in literary history. Whether re-writing's compositional strategies are theorised as anxiety, irreverence or playful postmodern intertextuality, we will consider how they may also be a rogue and subversive form of reading; one that functions both as critique of the 'parent' text and a means of generating fresh creative directions.

LDCL6140B

30

AMERICAN GOTHIC

American fiction began in the period of the European Gothic novel, which thus marked the American tradition from the first. In this seminar module we will establish the meaning of gothic conventions and consider their persisting effects in American fiction.

AMAL6024B

30

AMERICAN VIOLENCE

"Violence," the firebrand black militant H. Rap Brown infamously said, "is as American as cherry pie." Many Americans who lived through the turbulent 1960s understood what Brown meant even if they disagreed with his politics. Writing in 1969, the liberal historian Arthur M. Schlesinger conceded that, with the Vietnam War raging overseas and ghetto riots exploding at home on a yearly basis, in the wake of the assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy, and looking at the violent preoccupations of TV and movies, Americans must surely be judged "the most frightening people on the planet." Certainly, viewed from the relatively orderly perspective of Europe, the United States appears to have an exceptional relationship with violence - perhaps represented above all by a homicide rate far higher than other comparable industrialised nations. This module explores key themes in the history of violence in the United States. It takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on a range of sources, including film, photography and music, in order to understand how violence has shaped American society and culture.

AMAS6049A

30

CALIFORNIA DREAMING: NOVELS OF THE GOLDEN STATE

This module looks at the ways in which California has represented itself, or been represented, in fiction. Beginning with the 'first' published Californian novel of 1854, The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta, the Celebrated California Bandit, we will trace the development of the Californian novel into the early twenty-first century. One particular interest is the ways in which Californian novels engage with, dissect, and critique notions of California as a 'dream' or ideal/idyll; and we will explore how novelists address crucial, and often contentious, historical moments in Californian history. Topics include settlement and 'removal'; migration and immigration; corporate interests and 'big business'; Los Angleles as the City of Dreams; and 'global' California. Writers will include some or all of the following: Mary Austin, T C Boyle, Joan Didion, Chester Himes, Frank Norris, Kem Nunn; John Rollin Ridge, Upton Sinclair, John Steinbeck, Helena Maria Viramontes, Nathaniel West, and Karen Tei Yamashita.

AMAL6044A

30

CHARLES DICKENS: BEYOND REALITY

Charles Dickens has been described, and cherished, as one of the great chroniclers of the panorama of mid-Victorian society. At the same time, much modern criticism has rightly emphasised what a strange and innovative writer he is, less a documentary social realist than an early practitioner of what might now be called 'magical realism',. This module will examine works from across Dickens's writing career, in a variety of different modes - fiction, journalism, drama, and public speaking - reading them not only in the context of Dickens's times, but also in the context of how other writers in those times dealt with comparable questions. As a result, students will be able to develop their larger interests in the relationships between social reality and its literary representations, in a module which combines in-depth study of Dickins with a broader engagement with theories of realism.

LDCL6136A

30

CHAUCER

The focus of this module is distinctively singular: it is devoted to sustained engagement with the rich and complex writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. We shall explore Chaucer's works in relation to their social and cultural contexts (literary, political, philosophical). The module is structured in, I hope, two securely complementary parts. After an introduction via two of Chaucer's early dream poems, The Book of the Duchess and The Parlement of the Foules, we shall spend four weeks concentrating on Troilus and Criseyde, in my opinion Chaucer's very greatest work. We shall explore the poem's characteristically Chaucerian generic complexity and it's engagement with medieval literary an philosophical traditions. We shall also use the poem to establish a set of interpretative questions and structures with which to turn, after Reading Week, to the even more ambitiously heterogeneous Canterbury Tales.

LDCL6053A

30

CULTURES OF SUBURBIA

The history of twentieth-century literature is often told from the perspective of the metropolitan avant-garde. Modernist writers and intellectuals by turns celebrated or abominated the modern metropolis, but they tended to agree that the urban and the modern were inextricably linked. They were also often united by a hatred of suburbia, which they associated with the rise of a pooterish middle class and in turn with an irredeemably philistine, socially conservative middlebrow culture. Wyndham Lewis famously blasted 'the purgatory of Putney'. Yet in certain respects the twentieth century was the suburban century, as the cities continued their horizontal expansion and the separation of 'life' and 'work' that is the suburban response to industrialism became widespread. The growth of suburbia from the late nineteenth century to the present day has provoked a fascinating variety of cultural responses, including, but not limited to, hostile denunciations. Writers, artists and filmmakers found much opportunity for comedy in suburban habits, values and aspirations. They considered the emergence of the suburban housewife and the implications for this for women and for feminism. They debated the architecture and planning of the suburbs, notably through engagements with the Garden City and Garden Suburb movements. They speculated about the political implications of the growth of a literate, home-owning suburban middle class. They depicted the effects of mass immigration on suburbia and the development of suburban multiculture. They pointed to the uncanny and even the surreal aspects of suburban life. This module explores the literature and cultural geography of suburbia in Britain and the United States, and in so doing it suggests an alternative history of modernity, told not from the centre but from the periphery. Writers covered might include: George and Weedon Grossmith, Arthur Machen, William Morris, C.F.G Masterman, Ebenezer Howard, H. G. Wells, Dorothy Richardson, George Orwell, Stevie Smith, Elizabeth Bowen, Doris Lessing, Richard Yates, Hanif Kureshi, J. G Ballard and Julian Barnes. We will also consider examples of suburban film and television.

LDCL6095A

30

DRAMA AND LITERATURE: THE QUESTION OF GENRE

This seminar will explore the boundaries between drama and other genres (kinds, art-forms, media) in an attempt to investigate a number of interrelated theoretical questions. We shall explore these issues via various types of activity - practical criticism, critiques of literary theory, performance analysis, personal theatrical adaptations. The set texts are works of literature which do not quite fit generically - particularly plays that seem to be in some sense 'epic', or novels in some sense 'theatrical', ranging from Shakespeare in the 17th century through to Gay and Fielding in the 18th and Dostoyevsky and Chekhov in the 19th.

LDCL6017B

30

FEMINIST WRITING

We are witnessing an upsurge in feminist activism which some claim is forming the fourth wave of feminism. It is timely then to reconsider how feminist writing (literary texts, literary theory and literary criticism) has helped to shape, influence and articulate debates about gender, sexuality and society in the past and how contemporary feminist writing is continung to be part of that conversation now. This course offers an opportunity to read and analyse some of the most influential feminist literary texts and literary theory. Writers studied on the course may include Kate Chopin, Zora Neale Hurston, Margaret Atwood, Henrik Ibsen, Angela Carter, Alice Walker, Jeanette Winterson, Edith Wharton, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf, Ali Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as well as writings from an anthology of feminist writings from Arab women, Students will study the ways in which feminist criticism and theory (including Kristeva, Cixous, bell hooks, Irigaray and Showalter) has reshaped the canon, challenged the ways literature is taught as well as making us consider what literature can, might and ought to be. Feminism has also exacted different forms of writing and challenged dominant modes of representation. We will take a particularly close look at the relationship between feminism and the gothic, the short story and experimental writing. Assessment will be by course work and project and students will be required to be assessed in both critical and creative modes. Male and female students are equally welcome.

LDCL6132B

30

FROM KAFKA TO SEBALD: ASPECTS OF 20TH CENTURY 'GERMAN' WRITING

This module presents an opportuntiy to study in depth a number of key works of 20th century German literature and to explore ways in which they respond to, and reflect, the upheavals of 20th century history. While the focus will be largely on works of prose fiction, this does not preclude the study of other genres. Starting with the modernist crisis of language ("Chandos-crisis") we will look at works by authors such as Kafka, Rilke, Benjamin, Thomas Mann, Joseph Roth, Elias Canetti, Paul Celan, Ingeborg Bachmann, Christa Wolf and W. G. Sebald. All works studied are available in translation so a knowledge of German, while always welcome, is not a requirement.

LDCL6128B

30

LATIN AMERICAN NARRATIVES

While the term 'narrative' in Spanish is often used to denote fiction it is not restrictive to the genre. The aim of this module is to explore the core of storytelling that underpins Latin American literature and which surfaces in various forms of writing from the 'microrelato' to the short story, the prose poem as well as the 'rewriting' exercise/critical appraisal, such as Alejandra Pizarnik's the Bloody Countess. A further aspect of this module is to attempt to disentangle the web of literary influences woven into some of these Latin American narratives as well as to trace the itinerary of these influential threads as they travelled from the South of the American continent to other literatures. As the editors of Issue 113 of Granta have stated "who would hve imagined fifteen years ago that writings of the outcast Chilean Roberto Bolano who washed ashore in Barcelona via Mexico, would exercise so wide an influence on writers in Spain, Latin America and across the world:" And yet, Bolano's literary output is unthinkable without Borges, just as the Colombian Juan gabriel Vasquez' Secret History of Costaguana is inconceivable without Conrad's Nostromo. Readings will include works by Borges, Cortazar, Bolano, Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Clarice Lispector, Alejandra Pizarnik, amongst others. The module would elaborate upon the level one Writing Texts module and would complement World Literature: Reading Globally.

LDCL6093A

30

LITERATURE AND DECONSTRUCTION

In an interview with Derek Attridge, Jacques Derrida describes literature as 'this strange institution which allows one to say everything'. This module explores the writings of Derrida and related thinkers alongside a range of literary texts, including works by Keats, Shakespeare and Joyce. Through a combination of lectures and seminars, we will think about the strangenesses of literature, look at the ways in which it is an 'institution' and consider the kinds of freedom - of speech, writing and thinking - it permits. Our aim throughout will be to establish the possibilities for literary criticism opened up by deconstruction. The module is open to everyone, but may be of particular interest to those who studied critical theory in the second year.

LDCL6048A

30

LITERATURE AND OPERA

Sixteenth-century Italian literati created opera as the rebirth of Greek Tragedy. From its basic form as word-plus-music to its repeated reforms that have put now text, now music, now drama first,opera and literature have constantly complemented and competed with each other. This module explores the relationship between opera and various kinds of literature, including drama, prose, and poetry. We will ask "How can an orchestra narrate?" "How is an opera libretto like a movie script?" "Why do certain literary texts invite musical adaptation more than others?" and "What is the 'best' literary analogy for opera: drama, poetry, or the novel?" Students will also compare various operas with their literary sources in order to better understand how different media represent race, gender, and nationality. Composers will include Brittten, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Rossini, and Weill. Authors will include Shakespeare, Wilde, Brecht, James, Scott, Joyce and Aeschylus.

LDCL6101B

30

LITERATURE DISSERTATION: POST-1789 (AUT)

This module is an advanced-level module, for final year students only. It provides students with the opportunity to write an 8000-word dissertation on literature of the period from 1789 to the present day (excluding American literature). The dissertation topic must be agreed by a supervisor, and both topic and supervisor approved by the module organiser by the end of the previous semester.

LDCL6018A

30

LITERATURE DISSERTATION: POST-1789 (SPR)

This module is an advanced-level module, for final year students only. It provides students with the opportunity to write an 8000-word dissertation on literature of the period from 1789 to the present day (excluding American literature). The dissertation topic must be agreed by a supervisor, and both topic and supervisor approved by the module organiser by the end of the previous semester.

LDCL6019B

30

LYRIC

The module will incorporate a historical survey of Western lyric, looking at its inception in the poetry of Pindar and Sappho, and the Aristotelian division of poetic arts in lyric, dramatic and epic. It will cover lyrics from Provencal troubadour poets through the Italian and English renaissance to Romantic lyric. Finally, it will cover the fate of lyric in the present day, from 'conceptual writing' and 'post-humanism' which offer a thoroughgoing rejection of lyric, to the embrace of lyric in contemporary young poets. The module will start by considering the question: 'What is lyric'? The purpose is not to establish a transhistorical concept of lyric as genre or mode, but rather to see how different thinkers at different times have approached it. This is a particularly timely question for literary criticism and poetics. We will isolate certain tropes, ethics, and focal points that are taken to be characteristic of lyric, whilst at the same time probing the historicity of lyric as a concept, especially regarding the ideology of the lyric 'I' that is associated with romanticism. This module fulfils the pre-1789 requirement.

LDCL6087A

30

NATIVE AMERICAN WRITING AND FILM

This module considers Native American writing and film as sites of cultural and political resistance, analysing the ways in which a diverse range of Native authors, screenwriters and directors within the United States respond to contemporary tribal socio-economic and political conditions. Taking popular ideas of 'the Indian', this module considers the ways in which stereotypes and audience expectations are subverted and challenged. Topics include race and racism, indigeneity, identity, culture, gender, genre, land and notions of 'home', community, dialogue, postcolonial theory in its application to those who remain colonised, and political issues such as human rights and environmental racism.

AMAS6027B

30

NERVOUS NARRATIVES

'We all say it's nerves, and none of us knows what it means', says a character in Wilkie Collins' 1860 novel, The Woman in White. Our aim is to think about how a discourse of the 'nerves' - the 'nervous temperament' and nervous illness - can be both so pervasive culturally and so slippery in its meaning. This interdisciplinary module takes you from the late 17th century, when the concept of 'neurologie' first emerged, to the 21st century, linking literary, medical and philosophical writing to explore the representation of the 'nerves'. The historical range of the module is not meant to imply a transhistorical understanding of nervous illness or temperament, but rather will enable us to analyse the historically specific nature of the nervous body and what it is made to mean, culturally, within different contexts. In this way, we will be working with issues as diverse as religious 'enthusiasm', hysteria and hypochondria, sensibility, sensation, fear of modernity, manliness and effeminacy, shell-shock, PTSD and the concepts of the healthy or fragile body of the nation. Spanning time and genre, the literary texts studied will take us from the earliest, Jonathan Swift's satire, A Tale of a Tub (1704) up to the contemporary: Siri Hustvedt's novel, What I Loved (2003) and her analytical memoir, The Shaking Woman, Or, A History of My Nerves (2010).

LDCL6046A

30

NEW AMERICAN CENTURY: CULTURE AND CRISIS

A two semester special subject American Studies module that reads contemporary American culture through the lens of crisis. On the eve of the twenty-first century it appeared that the United States of America was indeed entering into a new American Century with its role as global leader as strongly defined as it was a century earlier. However, the last decade has been witness to a nation in turmoil and crisis, from the conflict between a universalising (Americanising) globalisation and an introspective nationalism; the war on terror and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq; environmental crisis and disaster; the conflict surrounding immigration and national identity, to the present financial crisis. The renewed and vigorous return to rhetoric of national 'unity' that characterised the campaign and election of Barack Obama as President of the United States in 2008 highlighted the historical divisions and crises of American society and underscored that contemporary America is in crisis geopolitically, economically, democratically, environmentally, and culturally. Indeed, Obama's presidency has witnessed further polarisation of American politics and culture with the birth of the Tea Party Movement and the very recent Occupy Wall Street (now global) movement. Through a variety of cultural texts, from literature, film and documentary, political speeches and letters, to historical texts and pop culture, this course examines the ways in which these crises have been culturally and politically constructed and given particular sets of meaning and the ways in which these 'meanings' have been utilised and mobilised to further create 'Fortress America' and its particular brand of nationalism at the expense of all 'others', whether outside or inside the United States. The way culture has engaged with, coproduced, and resisted these sets of meanings will be the main focus of this module.

AMAS6031Y

60

NEW WORLDS: SCIENCE FICTION AND BEYOND

It has been suggested that science fiction was the authentic literature of the twentieth century, yet it has also been seen as a genre cut off from the literary mainstream, its provenance, tropes and generic limits contested. Are there distinctions betwen science fiction, speculative fiction and even sci-fi? This module aims to explore science fiction as a mode by investigating varous definitions of science fiction and asking: what possibilities does it offer to writers? How does it mediate the relationship between literature and science (and technology): And how have writers gone beyond the conventional limits of the genre (and we will also consider other media)? The module will look at thematic clusters of texts, often pushing the boundaries of the conventional sci-fi canon and encouraging students to think across different literary periods about the antecedents of science fiction. We will consider such themes as interplanetary travel, time travel, ecological catastrope, speculative fiction, experiments with scale, and steam punk and writers studied might include H.G. Wells, John Wyndham, Ursula K. Le Guin, J.G. Ballard, Margaret Atwood and China Mieville.

LDCL6116B

30

NONFICTIONAL LIVES IN FICTION AND DRAMA

More and more frequently contemporary novelists and dramatists use recent events and living people (or those within living memory) in works that are ostensibly fiction. This module will examine the issues in writing about people who are alive or remembered in fictional accounts and ask whether there should be ethical constraints in doing so. It will trace the blend of fact and fiction in prose and drama from Daniel Defoe to Thomas Keneally, taking in the novels of Gordon Burn and the plays of David Hare, and will explore whether documentary theatre can ever be anything other than fictional. It will also offer students the chance to write their own work of fictionalised prose or drama based on contemporary or recent events and people, and submit a critical essay examining the issues raised in this work. The balance of the assessment will be 50% creative, 50% critical.

LDCC6099A

30

POETRY IN DARK TIMES?

This module will engage with the poetry of three major poets (Holderlin, Rilke, Celan) who, writing in (and against) the Romantic, Modernist and post-Holocaust eras respectively, test language (in this case German) to the very limits of its expressive possibilities, and thus present an equivalent challenge to some of the most gifted post-translators of our day. The focus will be on Rilke's Duino Elegies, one of the great works of 20th century Modernism, whose composition spans the period of the First World War. This seminar module offers an opportunity, by means of close reading, to explore these major works in detail, to consider the position of the poet and the lyric voice in times of crisis and transition, and to locate them within the wider Western poetic tradition. All texts studied are readily available in a range of English translations.

LDCL6023A

30

QUEER LITERATURE AND THEORY

This module offers students the chance to learn about LGBTQ literature and its development in English-speaking countries, as well as approaches to queer theory. This means analysing sexuality and gender and the representation of such identities in literature and also connections between literature and the broader culture. Authors studied may include James Baldwin, Alison Bechdel, Gore Vidal, and Sarah Waters, as well as children's books and young adult novels by Alex Sanchez, Nancy Garden, Ellen Wittlinger, and Marcus Ewert. Authors of theoretical texts looked at may include Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Judith Butler, Leo Bersani, and Teresa de Lauretis. Understanding how LGBTQ characters are featured in literature also helps us to see how queer people are understood in a given society in general. This course also aims to look at a variety of genres in order to see how these different text types work and how they approach similar material in different ways. This module also includes presentations and a writing workshop.

LDCL6033B

30

ROMANTIC ORIENTALISM, 1780-1830

The fascination with the "East" and the "Exotic" (the "Oriental Renaissance") was an important element of the British Romantic period. This module will explore the material history of British involvement in the 'East' in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; how that 'East' was constructed and represented for a western metropolitan audience; and explore the cultural productions of that involvement in poetry, fictional, prose and visual art. Texts discussed will include writing by well-known Romantic writers, such as S. T. Coleridge, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and Thomas de Quincey, as well as those by William Beckford, Sir William Jones, Sydney Owenson (Lady Morgan). It will explore the influence of Arabian Nights on Gothic and Romantic period writing. Areas discussed will include India, Persia, the Levant, and China. The module will discuss such writings in the light of contemporary postcolonial theories of Orientalism including criticism by Edward Said, Gayatori Spivak, Abdul JanMohammed and others. This module will concentrate in particular on the representation of the Indian people, places and cultures of the Indian sub continent.

LDCL6091A

30

SHAKESPEARE: SHADOW AND SUBSTANCE

Platonist epistemology permeated Elizabethan culture: the aim of this module is to explore the relationship of Shakespeare's topic of the world as a stage to Neoplatonic conceptions of perception, politics, poetry and love.

LDCL6056B

30

STOP, LOOK, LISTEN

This is a module about attention and description, and about how the two together might constitute a way of life. Our reference point will be the journal of the English poet R.F. Langley, an extraordinary volume of set-piece encounters with the natural world, with artworks and with everyday objects and spaces. We'll read Langley's descriptions alongside the words or images or objects to which he attends. We'll trace the aesthetic and philosophical influences that form what we'll consider as a poetics of description, including Ruskin, Adrian Stokes and Merleau-Ponty. And we'll look at other examples of writing which seek closely to transcribe and account for acts of attention, whether involving nature (Dorothy Wordsworth, Hopkins, Richard Jefferies, Edward Thomas) or art (Walter Pater and T.J.Clark, amongst others). The module will include also a consideration of the theory and practice of ekphrasis, the rhetorical figure closest to the writing in question here, and of the relation of description and narrative in the novel. Stop, Look and Listen is intended for both literature and creative writing students, especially those with an interest in visual art, aesthetics and nature writing. It should offer considerable scope for creative-critical experiment.

LDCL6112A

30

T.S. ELIOT AND TWENTIETH CENTURY POETRY

The poetry of T.S. Eliot has a unique place in modern verse as a body of writing that combines mass popular appeal with intense intellectual challenge. The first half of this module will take students chronologically through the various stages of Eliot's Collected Poems, from the nineteenth-century influences that combined to prudcue 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' (1915) to the wartime contexts of his final major poem, Four Quartets (1944). It will also offer an introduction to Eliot's literary criticism as well as criticism written about him. The first coursework essay will take the form of an editorial commentary on a chosen poem or passage, giving students an opportunity to follow up allusions and interpretations through wider reading. The second half of the module will look more broadly at Eliot's influence as a poet, critic, and editor. Beginning with his own views of the need to reinvent poetry's cultural significance for the twentieth century, we will consider the importance of Eliot's example to later poets in Britain (W.H. Auden, W.S. Graham, Sylvia Plath, Geoffrey Hill, J.H. Prynne) as well as around the world, such as John Ashbery (American), Kamau Brathwaite (West Indies), Seamus Heaney (Ireland), Tomas Transtromer (Sweden) and Gwen Harwood (Australia). The final project will be 3,000-word essay on any Eliot-related topic of the student's choosing, and may take the form of a creative-critical poetry portfolio and self-commentary in response to the reading for the course.

LDCL6122B

30

TALES OF THE JAZZ AGE

This module examines American prose of the 1920s in the context of the Jazz Age. American literature of the 20s is often conflated with modernism, or the expatriate experience, or the Harlem Renaissance; this module will consider 1920s writing in the context of the market and the rise of professional authorship, anxieties about imitation and the middlebrow and conformism, and the pressures of commercial success on fiction. It will draw on reception studies and the influence of publication formats (mass-market magazines, serial publication, the burgeoning market for film adaptations). Texts will be drawn from a mix of "high" and "low." After considering the pressures of commercialism on the publication of The Waste Land, texts could include the short stories of Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise, The Sun Also Rises, The Great Gatsby, Babbitt, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Winesburg, Ohio, Glimpses of the Moon, and Manhattan Transfer. Students will also be expected to research journalism of the day, such as The New Yorker and the New York Times, which have accessible online archives.

AMAL6020A

30

THE AMERICAN BODY

This module reads the changing values, presentations and representations of the body that move through and construct American culture. This module will involve pairing theoretical perspectives with current and historical ideas of the body to allow us to interrogate intellectual and popular meanings assigned to and played out through the body, reading particular moments in American writing, art, photography and popular forms for the things they might tell us about corporality and self presentation, but also about the wider structures of the social and cultural environment. We will engage with canonical debates about race, gender, sexuality and ideas of 'representation', but also with categories that cut across and through these modes of reading - with the normal and the ideal, ideas of illness and wellness, ability and disability, of the organic and the machine, of the body under servitude, or under punishment, and with the whole idea of embodiment in itself. This module - like all other modules at this level - requires a substantial, regular, reading commitment.

AMAS6040A

30

THE AMERICAN NOVEL IN THE LATE 20TH CENTURY 1950 - 2000

This module will build on (without requiring or duplicating) The American Novel in the Early Twentieth century to continue study on the American novel through a selection of post-war texts. We will take in the surrounding literary, historical and critical debates, exploring the historical and cultural placement of these novels, and thinking through both their contemporary contexts and the ways in which our own reading is conditioned by historical and cultural concerns. Through close reading we will also look at the stylistic diversity of the period to unravel how these novels work on their readers and how they re-imagine the form of the novel. We will consider post modernity and post war conditions and will be looking to investigate areas such as representation of place and class, experimental and realist narratives, the myth of the 'Great American Novel', the place of the expatriate and immigrant in American life, fantasies of the American Dream, and ideas and negotiations of gender and race in the period.

AMAL6047A

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THE ART OF EMOTION: LITERATURE, WRITING AND FEELING

According to Roland Barthes, emotion is 'a disturbance, a bordering on collapse: something perverse, under respectable appearances; emotion is even, perhaps, the slyest of losses'. This module takes this 'perversity, under respectable appearance' as the starting point for asking how an an attention to our emotions - our feeling, affects, and intimacies, as well as our aversions - can make us rethink what it means to be critical and creative readers and writers. Drawing on a range of theoretical and critical work from literary studies, cultural theory, art, philosophy, sociology, neuroscience, psychology, creativity and creative writing studies, cognitive science, history and anthropology, we will ask what it means to read, and write, 'with feeling'. What is the relationship between language and feeling? Between the body and emotion? How does literature touch and move us? Are our 'aesthetic' emotions real? How does technology - the digital, virtual, prosthetic and online - affect our ideas about emotion? Are emotions universal and timeless, or historically and culturally specific? Private and personal, or collective and public? How do emotions construct gender, class, race, nationality, and other kinds of identity? Why do some feelings attract more critical interest than others? How does an attention to emotion affect our work as readers and writers? We will begin by building a theoretical and critical literacy for thinking feeling, before focusing our inquiry around specific themes that might include: Animal Passions; Pscyhe, Pathology and Resistances to Psychoanalysis; Feeling Texts: Touch, Texture and Fictional Fabrications; Moving Fictions: Cinema, Virtuality, and E-motion; Zombies: Can Dead Subjects Feel?; Affective Economies; Queering Feeling; and Feeling Human: Robots, Artificial Intelligence and Clones. We will engage with a range of literary texts and other aesthetic forms (such as art, film, etc.) chosen to correspond with our critical concerns. You will have the opportunity to engage both as critical and creative readers and writers, and there will be critical and creative assessment options. This module is open to all students. It will complement level 3 options such as 'Literature and Deconstruction', 'Nervous Narratives', 'Traumaturgies', ' Literature and Human Rights' and 'Queer Theory'.

LDCL6118B

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THE ART OF MURDER

Crime, like death, has always been with us, yet it was only in the nineteenth century that de Quincey proposed considering murder as one of the fine arts and Poe established many of the central tenets of crime fiction with his 'tales of ratiocination'. Currently, crime fiction is the most bought, and read, literary genre and one diverse enough to include 'whodunits'; Baker Street's most notable resident; the genteel amateur detectives of the 'Golden Age'; hard-boiled thrillers; noir; psychological fiction and even the post-modern iterations of anti-detective fiction. Narratives about crime and criminals, detection and sleuths (not forgetting the violence and victims) can be both conservatively formulaic and radically diverse. It can articulate dangerous and disturbing transgressions against society (the crime) while also revealing the ideological forces of law (what constitutes a crime) order (the various detective figures) and the systems of justice and ill-justice (courts and punishment, state and government) with which a society protects and proscribes itself. Crime fiction is also concerned with interpreting clues, discovering secrets and solving enigmas, much in the way that critical theory investigates and analyses literary texts. This module aims to explore key texts and writers in the development of crime fiction as well as examining critical and theoretical responses to such texts. It will allow students to respond both creatively and critically to the concerns of, and thinking about, this diverse genre.

LDCL6130A

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THE CONTESTED PAST: LITERATURE AND THE POLITICS OF MEMORY

How do we negotiate the darker aspects of our past, particularly when individuals' experiences clash with official history? This module explores the public and private practices of remembering and forgetting in the aftermath of civil war, totalitarianism, colonialism or otherwise repressive rule. In particular, we will examine the writer's role as collaborator , witness, archivist or dissident: how does the writer facIlitate access to, and debate about, contentious, painful or obfuscated history? Our approach to the politics of commemoration is interdisciplinary and draws on ideas from philosophy, historiography, memory and cultural studies as well as heritage and museum studies. The primary material encompasses a range of fictional, non-fictional and visual material from a wide range of genres; most of it postwar and relatively recent. Since this is a global issue you will enounter writers from formerly colonised nations in Africa, from Central and Eastern Europe, South America, and the Near and Asia.

LDCL6097A

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THE GOTHIC

This module seeks to cover some 'canonical' texts of the Gothic Novel (1764-1820) in Walpole, Radcliffe, Mary Shelley, and to consider some later developments of the gothic mode in later 19th and 20th centuries: Poe, Le Fanu, Stevenson, MR James, Elizabeth Bowen, David Storey and Angela Carter. The course also seeks to introduce students to some of the theoretical and historical arguments around the contested nature of the term 'gothic', the Uncanny, the subversiveness or otherwise of this kind of writing, and its relation to the novel genre.

LDCL6024A

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THE LITERARY 1960s

When thinking of the sixties, literature, in general, is not what immediately springs to mind - pushed, as it is, to the background of music and the counterculture. Yet the decade brought about many profound changes in the paradigms of literature. Amongst such changes was the proliferation of metafiction as a narrative response to both the 'exhaustion' of literature in the light of the period's dramatic events, and to the new literary and philosophical developments in critical theory (poststructuralism). There was also the emergence of two 'new' genres: new journalism, and the non-fiction novel. This module is an examination of literary responses to the many changes and challenges brought about in this decade. It will discuss whether literature simply recoiled into solipsistic abstraction or whether it was a motivating force in the general struggle to conceptualize a 'new' or countercultural American consciousness.

AMAL6038B

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THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS: NONSENSE AND MODERN WRITING

It's widely recognised that modernist literature is characterised by a revolution of the word. Less widely recognised, and little explored, is the relationship between modernist linguistic experimentalism and literary nonsense, as practised by Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, and others. This course will begin with these well-known nonsense writers and explore their roots in seventeenth and eighteenth-century nonsense, and parallels to Emily Dickinson, before going on to examine some of the adventures in language of major modernist and postmodernist writers. Modernist and postmodernist authors studied are likely to include the Joyce of Finnegans Wake, early Auden, Virginia Woolf, Wallace Stevens, and John Ashbery. This is not a course on children's literature, but on some very challenging modern literature, mostly poetry. It should appeal to those who take a childish pleasure in wordplay and fantasy. You will need to enjoy uncertainty and have good close-reading skills. To do this module you must have studied Modernism, Critical Theory, or one of the 2nd year Creative Writing modules, unless you obtain a waiver from the lecturer.

LDCL6015A

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TRAUMATURGIES: READING AND WRITING TRAUMA ACROSS CONTEXTS

Trauma haunts the writing of the twentieth century. Slavery, war, patriarchy, terrorism, genocide, colonialism, modernity, technology and post-modernity: these legacies demand to be written and read, and engender a writing singular to their traumas. Yet the writing of these wounds, and the critical work that reads it, raises fundamental questions about whether trauma can ever be represented or understood. Spreading beyond their contexts, these questions effect their own traumas, cracking open our assumptions about what it is possible to read, to write, and indeed to think. Working roughly from the turn of the twentieth century to the present, this module reads a selection of theoretical, literary and critical texts that aim to write and read trauma across cultural, historical, personal and public contexts.

LDCL6050A

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UNLIKE THEM ALL, AND BETTER? ENGLISHING THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE

This module is predicated on Petrarch's explanation of imitatio, which is that a poet ought to draw upon a number of sources without making any of them explicitly apparent and 'blend them into a oneness that is unlike them all, and better'. As such the module analyses English translations and imitations of influential late medieval and early modern texts, such as Dante's 'Commedia', Boccaccio's 'Filostrato', Petrarch's 'Canzoniere' and Ariosto's 'Orlando furioso'. The course will also examine late medieval and early modern theories of 'translatio' and 'imitatio' formulated by Italian and English authors. In each case the text will be read in 'modern' translation, with excerpts from the original Italian provided, and then compared with a late medieval or early modern translation or imitation. In the case of longer texts specific sections will be identified for study. Petrarach's dictum will be measured via the coursework, which is comprised of two creative-critical crossover exercises. Students are by no means expected to know any Italian or Latin in advance, the triangulation method of analysis (original text, early translation, modern translation) will enable those students who are willing to pick up the very basics if they so choose. Further exercises will be made available via Blackboard in this area. Each three-hour session will involve a workshop element, in which students practise imitation and translation, and each week a student will open the session with a translation from/imitation of the text under examination as a means of initiating the discussion.

LDCL6124B

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VIRGIL'S CLASSIC EPIC

This module focuses on Virgil's great classical epic, the Aeneid, and it medieval reception. The module falls into two parts: for the first five weeks we concentrate on the Aeneid itself, exploring its structures, contexts and discursive complexities. We shall attend particular closely to the manner in which Virgil constructs his poem by reworking passages from the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. We shall, by and large, focus on a single book in each week, as a way not only of introducing the Aeneid itself but also of looking forward towards the cruces that later readers and rewriters of the poem were drawn to resolve. In the second part of the module, we turn to the reception of the Aeneid in the Middle Ages, for the Aeneid is not only one, an especially rich work in its own right, but also one of the central cultural artefacts in the Western tradition. This is a measure not only of its quality as a poem, but also of its importance as a Roman poem and of Rome's place at the heart of classical and Christian culture. We shall explore the manner in which later readers and rewriters work to reimagine the Aeneid within new cultural horizons, rendering its pagan authority available for new Christian uses and working to resolve its tensions and problematics in a revealing variety of ways.

LDCL6054B

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WRITING LIFE: BIOGRAPHY AND CREATIVE NON-FICTION

How do writers attempt to capture 'life' in all its various forms? What, if any, are the different requirements in writing the life of a famous (or not so famous) person and that of a city or landscape? What about the 'life' of travel or food and how do you approach writing about the natural world? These are just some of the questions that this module sets out to address. We will be reading a wide variety of texts, from the 'traditional' biography to some of the more experimental examples of creative non-fiction. From Samuel Johnson to essays in The New Yorker, all human (and non-human) life will be there! Students may choose between writing their own piece of Biography or creative Non-Fiction as their final project or submitting a critical essay.

LDCL6026B

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WRITING RELIGION IN EARLY-MODERN ENGLAND

Writing about God is always difficult: how can the time-bound form of language express the timeless? How can poetic language be adequate to devotion? In the early-modern period, these problems were more acute than at any other point in English literary history. The Reformation had made minute textual distinctions matters of life-and-death controversy. New discoveries about the multiplicity of versions of the biblical text challenged old orthodoxies. Challenge, too, came from the discovery and translation of classical, atheistic views of the origin and history of the universe. These new religious challenges spurred the development of new kinds of literary language and form. They energised many of the greatest writers of the age, including John Donne and John Milton, whose works we will be studying. But lesser-known writers, many of whom were women (including Mary Sidney, Lucy Hutchinson, and Margaret Cavendish), also shaped new forms of devotion and challenges to it. Our work on this module will proceed through intensive close reading of works in a great variety of genres, from lyric poetry to sermons. Although this module should be of interest to those who have studied the second-year 'Seventeenth-Century Writing' module, no prior knowledge of religion or of early-modern writing is assumed. THIS MODULE FULFILS THE PRE-1789 REQUIREMENT.

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Year Abroad

You may choose to study at another European university for one or both semesters of the second year.  Please see our Study Abroad pages for further information.

Entry Requirements

  • Qualification: BA (Hons)
  • A Level: AAB including English Literature (or the combined English Language & Literature A-level)
  • International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with score of 5 in HL English
  • Scottish Highers: At least one Advanced Higher preferred in addition to Highers
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB including English
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAABB including English
  • Access Course: Please contact the university for further information.
  • BTEC: Please contact the university for further information.
  • European Baccalaureate: 80% overall, including 70% in English Literature

Entry Requirement

The combined English Language and Literature A-level is acceptable instead of English Literature. A second Arts or Humanities subject at A-Level is encouraged, alongside English Literature. Students studying the IB programme should normally offer a second Arts or Humanities subject at Higher Level, alongside English.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS (SELT): 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However some students will be invited to attend an interview. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

This course's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact our Admissions team for details.

GCSE Offer

Students are required to have Mathematics and English at Grade C or above at GCSE Level.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

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Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.


Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Literature, Drama and Creative Writing)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details online via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.