Single Honours in English Studies offers a comprehensive syllabus, which combines traditional areas of literary study with new and developing areas of the discipline. It aims to develop your conceptual abilities and analytical skills by exposing you to a variety of literary critical approaches, to promote and develop clarity and persuasiveness in argument and expression, and to enable you to develop, to a high degree of competence, a range of skills which are subject-specific and transferable. A Degree in English Studies will equip you for a wide variety of professions and employment, as well as for advanced postgraduate study of English and related disciplines. Year 1 There are three compulsory modules in Year 1 – Introduction to Drama, Introduction to the Novel, and Introduction to Poetry – each of which introduces you to representative works in the major literary genres. There are also four optional modules, from which Single Honours students may select one, two or three. Previously these have offered the possibility to study important influences on English literature (Classical and Biblical Backgrounds to English Literature), early literature (Romance and the Literature of Chivalry and Myth and Epic of the North) and the history of the English language (English: Language, Use, Theory). This year will focus on advancing skills of critical analysis and argument you have already acquired at A Level, critical skills in the close reading and analysis of texts, such as the awareness of formal and aesthetic dimensions of literature and of the affective power of language, and on the introduction of more advanced concepts and theories relating to literature. Compulsory modules: Introduction to Drama Introduction to the Novel Introduction to Poetry. Optional modules: Up to three of the following selected from a range which has previously included (or up to two open modules offered by other departments): Romance and the Literature of Chivalry Myth and Epic of the North Classical and Biblical Backgrounds to English Literature English: Language, Use, Theory. Study Abroad You may apply to study abroad for an additional year between Levels 2 and 3 (transferring from BA Hons in English Literature to BA Hons English Literature with a Year Abroad). Supported by the International Office and the Department’s International Co-ordinator, you can put yourself forward for the following study abroad options: The Overseas Exchange programme (university-wide links with institutions in North America, the Far East, Australasia, and so on). A list of the University’s current partners is available here: https://www.durham.ac.uk/international/studyabroad/exchange/outgoing/partnerunis/ The Erasmus programme (Departmental link with universities in EU countries). For more information on this course, please see our website.
Year 1 Modules: Compulsory modules: Introduction to Drama Introduction to the Novel Introduction to Poetry. Optional modules: Up to three of the following selected from a range which has previously included (or up to two open modules offered by other departments): Romance and the Literature of Chivalry Myth and Epic of the North Classical and Biblical Backgrounds to English Literature English: Language, Use, Theory. Year 2 Modules: Compulsory modules: Shakespeare Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism Optional lecture modules (taught by weekly lectures and four one-hour tutorials) have previously included: Chaucer Old English Old Norse Old French Renaissance Literature Victorian Literature Literature of the Modern Period American Poetry. Optional seminar modules (taught by fortnightly two-hour seminars) have previously included: Jane Austen Arthurian Literature Germanic Myth and Legend The Australian Legend Toni Morrison: Texts and Contexts The Brontës Evelyn Waugh Shakespeare’s History Plays Romantic Plays and Players. Year 3 Modules: Compulsory modules: Dissertation (40 credits). Optional lecture modules (taught by weekly lectures and four one-hour tutorials) have previously included: Old English Old Norse Old French Restoration and 18th Century Literature Literature of the Romantic Period Post-War Fiction and Poetry American Fiction Medieval Literature. Optional Special Topics (taught by fortnightly two-hour seminars) have previously included: Literature, Cinema and Neuroscience Shakespeare on Film Resistance in South Asian Postcolonial Literature Writing Prose Fiction Reading Joyce’s Ulysses W. B. Yeats Keats and Shelley Elizabeth Bishop and Twentieth Century Verse Nonsense Literature Creative Writing Poetry Writing Mountains in the Early Twentieth Century Seamus Heaney Jewish American Fiction Science and the Literary Imagination Mind and Narrative. Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Our contextual offer for this programme is A level AAB (or equivalent, with at least an A in English Literature). To find out if you’re eligible, please visit: www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contextualoffers/.
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|