You will have to study English at school, where you are likely to have had to learn about Shakespeare, Chaucer and read set texts that you have no choice about. At university, you have a lot more freedom. You can pick what modules you want to take, if you didn’t enjoy poetry, then you don’t necessarily need to read any more ever again!
The study of English Literature is threefold: cultural, functional and creative. By reading a range of texts from varied time periods and locations, you can understand the culture and issues facing different groups of people. The study of English Literature also provides an investigation into our manner of representing the world around us.
If you love reading and want to develop your interests in English, then English Literature could be the course for you!
What will I Learn?
Students will develop keen analytical skills and become informed readers, sensitive to the differences in language and style. You will also be able to articulate written responses in precise and effective prose. You can choose to study modules ranging the whole chronological span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twenty-first century; writing in English from England through to Australia. Students will also explore the connections between literature and film, art, music, history, language and popular culture.
Graduates of English Literature are equipped with the skills to enter careers in publishing, public relations and teaching. Many students continue onto further study in English or Journalism based subjects. The course provides students with transferable skills, and consequently, graduates have gone onto become army officers, crime intelligence analysts and research assistants.