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Literature

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Literature

You're curious. Well read. An analyst.

You’ve read the classics, but you want a fresh take on literature. You want to discover that your new favourite author is someone you’ve never heard of before.You want to study literature that allows you to explore the world and other cultures. You want to travel through time, imagine ahead to the future, but also see the present in a whole new light.

Our courses

We offer BA English Literature as a single honours.

If joint honours are more your thing check out:

BA English and Comparative Literature 

BA English and United States Literature

BA English Language and Literature

BA Literature and Art History

BA Literature and Creative Writing

BA Literature and Sociology

BA Drama and Literature 

BA Film Studies and Literature

BA History and Literature

BA Journalism and Literature

BA Philosophy and Literature

 

Why study here?
  • You can study a diverse range of literature, including Arthurian legends, writings from Europe, the US and the Caribbean, the plays of Shakespeare, Romantic poetry, science fiction and so much more.
  • 100% of our English Literature students expressed overall satisfaction with their course (NSS 2019) 
  • Our graduates find employment in a range of industries, from publishing and education to media and the performing arts.
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Sian - Editor of Veggie Magazine

Literature graduate Sian has a busy career as an Editor. "I usually write around 25 pages per monthly magazine, and there’s plenty of work to delegate to the Deputy Editor and Content Writer, including blogs to upload on the latest trends. I direct feature meetings, and I have many managerial meetings to attend, photoshoots to direct at our studio, meetings with PRs in London, and new vegan menus to try. "

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Read more from our graduates and find out about career prospects and opportunities while you study. 

THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Be inspired by a literary legacy

As a well-established home to practising poets, novelists and critics, we have a reputation for nurturing the most radical writers and thinkers. Our concerns are local and global: as readers and writers, we adopt a comparative method as we traverse near and faraway places, discovering new modes of writing and reconsidering classics. You'll be part of an interdisciplinary department specialising in literature, creative writing, theatre, film and journalism. 

We offer MA Literature and MA American Literatures, but if you would rather a joint honours we also offer MA Film and Literature and MA Translation and Literature.

Why study here?
  • You will explore connections with other art forms alongside world-renowned scholars, poets, dramatists, story-tellers and novelists
  • Discover an extensive range of world literature across time, geography and genre
  • We have an impressive literary legacy. Our history of staff and students have been Nobel Prize winners, Booker Prize winners and Pulitzer Prize winners
Sian working at Aceville Publications
Sian - Editor of Veggie Magazine

Literature graduate Sian has a busy career as an Editor. "I usually write around 25 pages per monthly magazine, and there’s plenty of work to delegate to the Deputy Editor and Content Writer, including blogs to upload on the latest trends. I direct feature meetings, and I have many managerial meetings to attend, photoshoots to direct at our studio, meetings with PRs in London, and new vegan menus to try. "

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THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Dynamic. Innovative. Experimental.

We have a fresh take on literature. We're specialists in world literature  including American, Caribbean, and European literature  Early Modern and Renaissance literature, Romanticism, translation studies and adaptation, as well as colonial and postcolonial literatures. We're proud of the talent we nurture. Our history of staff and students have been Nobel Prize winners, Booker Prize winners and Pulitzer Prize winners.

Based in our Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies we like to utilise our interdisciplinary nature to push the boundaries. Our research projects are topical, with a strong focus on ecocriticism, green writing and literary geographies.

Read our academic biographies to find out more about us and use our research finder to find a topic and a supervisor to suit you.

Why study here?
  • Be part of an active and interdisciplinary research community where students and staff work together in a creative and intellectually challenging environment.
  • We run weekly research seminars with speakers invited from UK and abroad, as well as regularly hosting major conferences.
  • Our research students organise and present at our annual PhD conference.
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Our research

The Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies has internationally recognised expertise in the literatures of the British Isles, the Americas, and Europe, combined with strengths in world cinema, film theory and practice, contemporary theatre and poetry, as well as adaptation and translation studies. Three-quarters of our research was rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the REF 2014.

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