Module
descriptions

for BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (English)

First year modules

ENL401 Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to major authors, texts and critical concepts within the fields of Medieval and Renaissance Literature. The module will furnish students with an understanding of texts, the genres to which they belong and the historical contexts that informed them. An introduction to some key critical schools, approaches and interpretations will be provided. Students will be exposed to a range of critical perspectives while being encouraged, through seminar discussion, to consider and debate their respective merits. Students will draw upon the knowledge and skills gained through the 'Introduction to the Humanities' (level 3) knowledge and skills as well as considering how the material interrelates with that covered in the mutually illuminating courses 'Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature', 'Introduction to Victorian and Modern Literature' and 'Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism' (all level 4). Some of the knowledge and skills imparted through this module provide a foundation for the level 6 courses "Shakespearean Drama 1 - Comedy and History" and “Shakespearean Drama 2 - Tragedy and Tragicomedy”.

Core module for English majors.

ENL402 Introduction to Eighteenth Century and Romantic Literature

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to major authors, texts, ideas and critical concepts within the fields of Eighteenth Century and Romantic Literature. The module will furnish students with an understanding of texts, the genres to which they belong and the historical contexts that informed them. An introduction to some key critical schools, approaches and interpretations will be provided. During seminar discussions students will consider and debate the respective merits of a range of critical perspectives. Students will draw upon the knowledge and skills gained through the 'Introduction to the Humanities' (level 3) knowledge and skills as well as considering how the material interrelates with that covered in the mutually illuminating courses 'Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature', 'Introduction to Victorian and Modern Literature' and 'Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism' (all level 4).

Core module for English majors.

ENL403 Introduction to Victorian and Modern Literature

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to major authors, texts, ideas and critical concepts within the fields of Victorian and Modern Literature. The module will furnish students with an understanding of texts, the genres to which they belong and the historical contexts that informed them. An introduction to some key critical schools, approaches and interpretations will be provided. During seminar discussions students will consider and debate the respective merits of a range of critical perspectives. Students will draw upon the knowledge and skills gained through the 'Introduction to the Humanities' (level 3) knowledge and skills as well as considering how the material interrelates with that covered in the mutually illuminating courses 'Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature', 'Introduction to Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature' and 'Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism' (all level 4).

Core module for English majors.

ENL404 Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the major areas of modern literary theory and literary critical practice. The module will focus on techniques of literary critical practice such as close reading, poetics and approaches to analysing narrative while also exploring major theories and critical approaches which emerged in the late twentieth century and continue to be used to the present day. The module will encourage and facilitate discussions and examinations of those theories and how they compete with or complement each other.

Core module for English majors.

ENL405 Introduction to Creative Writing: Narrative Nonfiction

This module encourages students to use their own individual experience, memories, observations and insights, to craft, shape and share narrative pieces which serve as an introduction to some of the key tools of creative writing. It is a process-based module which emphasizes consistent participation and growth over the semester, which requires no previous experience but could be equally valuable to writers from other genres who would like to try their hand at an increasingly popular form of creative writing.

Core module for English majors.

Second year modules

ENL501 Intermediate Creative Writing: Working with Form

This module aims to introduce writers to working within forms to develop an individual voice, and alternates between poetry and short fiction. It is a process-based module offering a structure which mirrors professional writing practice: writing from prompts, exploring inspiration, evaluating ideas, giving and receiving feedback, developing drafts and finally, becoming aware of the community of other contemporary writers, both peer and published, via focused reading and class discussion.

Core module for English majors.

ENL502 From Text to Screen: Shakespeare the Movie

This module offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of a Shakespeare by analysing how his plays have been adapted to the screen. A close reading of source material will be followed by in-depth discussions of a broad range of key filmic renderings of Shakespeare’s dynamic plots and vivid characters, ranging from the early days of cinema to recent film adaptations.

Core module for English majors.

ENL503 U.S. Literature I: Colonial Period to the Civil War

The purpose of this module is to prepare students to identify, analyse and discuss key literary figures and themes and to identify the historical, cultural and literary contexts in which the figures write. The method used is a close reading, analysis and discussion of representative texts of the relevant periods. A broad range of texts and literary genres is reviewed, including historical narratives, autobiography, poetry, short stories and novels. The ultimate aim of the module is to enable students to identify, analyse and discuss literary, thematic and stylistic features that are unique to and distinguish particular periods, literary forms and individual writers.

Core module for English majors.

ENL504 U.S. Literature II: Civil War to the Present

The purpose of this module is to prepare students to identify, analyse and discuss key literary figures and themes and to identify the historical, cultural and literary contexts in which the figures write. The method used is a close reading, analysis and discussion of representative texts of the relevant periods. A broad range of texts and literary genres is reviewed, including historical narratives, autobiography, poetry, short stories and novels. The ultimate aim of the module is to enable students to identify, analyse and discuss literary, thematic and stylistic features that are unique to and distinguish particular periods, literary forms and individual writers.

Core module for English majors.

ENL505 London's Literature

This module will furnish students with a developed understanding of a body of literature that has been inspired by the British capital. Students will relate the literary qualities of a range of texts - such as their complex meanings, their literary and/or dramatic effects, their prose and/or poetic styles, their narrative structures - to the historical, geographical, cultural and socio-political contexts that inspired them. Students will analyze and debate the diversity of ways in which a single city has been interpreted and represented in literary form as well as engaging with pre-existing critical positions, interpretations and/or theories regarding the material. The module builds upon the knowledge and skills imparted through the Level 4 courses 'Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature', 'Introduction to EighteenthCentury and Romantic Literature', 'Introduction to Victorian and Modern Literature'.

Core module for English majors.

Third year modules

ENL601 Advanced Creative Writing: Extended Project

This module aims to allow writers mastery over an extended writing project, developed with the help of the tutor, from initial concept, through planning, structure, feedback, drafting and revision, culminating in a novella, series of chapters or novella-sized.

Core module for English majors.

ENL602 Literature in Context

This module will furnish students with an advanced and highly detailed understanding of the relationship between a body of literary works and the historical events - such as a war, revolution, or similarly transformative phenomena - that inspired them. We will focus upon contrasting literary representations of related historical phenomena analyzing individual authorial perspectives, shared cultural discourses and established or developing generic conventions. Students will develop an advanced understanding of the art of historically contextualized literary criticism, reading works in dialogue with one another, with other historical sources and with subsequent interpretations of them. Throughout 2015-2018 the course's topic will be First World War Literature.

Core module for English majors.

ENL603 Shakespearean Drama 1: Comedy and History

This module will furnish students with an advanced understanding of the genres of Shakespearean Comedy and History through detailed engagement with the meanings and literary-dramatic techniques of a number of plays belonging to each genre. It aims to impart a developed comprehension of the roles of the following in the determination of literarydramatic meaning: different media of reception (including both printed text and theatrical performance; alternative modes of performance (such as the contrasts between original ‘bare stage’ playing conditions and the conventions of post-Shakespearean performance and/or adaptation) and various historical contexts (including the time of composition and those of subsequent moments of reception). Where appropriate the plays will be contextualized with reference to other Shakespearean literature and to the works of other comparable writers, dramatists and thinkers, Students will study printed texts, filmed theatre performances and/or cinematic adaptations and attend, when possible, a live theatre performance. The knowledge and skills imparted through this module are closely linked to those of the other level 6 module “Shakespearean Drama 2 - Tragedy and Tragi-comedy” although core module content will not be repeated across the two modules. Both courses build upon the knowledge and skills imparted through the level 4 module "Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature".

Core module for English majors.

ENL604 Shakespearean Drama 2: Tragedy and Tragi-comedy

 

This module will furnish students with an advanced understanding of the genres of Shakespearean Comedy and History through detailed engagement with the meanings and literary-dramatic techniques of a number of plays belonging to each genre. It aims to impart a developed comprehension of the roles of the following in the determination of literary-dramatic meaning: different media of reception (including both printed text and theatrical performance; alternative modes of performance (such as the contrasts between original ‘bare stage’ playing conditions and the conventions of post-Shakespearean performance and/or adaptation) and various historical contexts (including the time of composition and those of subsequent moments of reception). Students will study printed texts, filmed theatre performances and/or cinematic adaptations and attend, when possible, a live theatre performance. The knowledge and skills imparted through this module are closely linked to those of the other level 6 module “Shakespearean Drama 1 - Comedy and History” although the core module content will not be repeated across the two modules. Both courses build upon the knowledge and skills imparted through the level 4 module "Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature".

Core module for English majors.

Major Capstone (Dissertation)

The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.