BA English and American Literature

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Key facts

(Guardian University Guide 2017)

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American Studies at the University of East Anglia is recognised as one of the best departments in the UK. We offer our undergraduate students a broad range of courses and modules, allowing you to tailor your learning as you progress through your time with us. Most of our degrees also involve a year studying abroad. Throughout their course, our students develop skills that are highly attractive to employers.

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Kirsten Irving, American Studies Graduate who spent her year abroad at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Key facts

(Guardian University Guide 2017)

The Atlantic Ocean does not mark a barrier when it comes to literary traffic. In fact, it is impossible to understand British Literature in the modern period, or American Literature in any period, without knowing something of the neighbouring nation's culture.

At UEA you’ll be able to focus on Anglo-American interchanges, while also exploring the many aspects of English and American literature which lie beyond it: English Literature prior to the 19th century, and aspects of American Literature, such as Native and Chicano writing.

Under the tuition of our world-leading scholars of English and American literature, culture and history, you will study the wealth of English literature, reaching back to Chaucer, Julian of Norwich and beyond, and forwards to the likes of Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan and Ali Smith, alongside writers as different from one another as Walt Whitman and Sylvia Plath, Brett Easton Ellis and Edith Wharton.

Overview

The writers of Britain and America are 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.

Course Structure

Your degree programme may contain compulsory or optional modules. Compulsory modules are designed to give you a solid grounding, optional modules allow you to tailor your degree.

The course modules section below lists the current modules by year and you can click on each module for further details. Each module lists its value (in credits) and its module code, a year of study is 120 credits. 

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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Study Abroad

Students who are enrolled on three-year programmes in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities have the option of applying to study abroad at one of UEA’s partner universities, for one semester of the second year. Please see our Study Abroad website for further information and criteria.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

IMAGINING AMERICA: LITERATURE I

American Literature I: Imagining America 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

This module will provide you with a thorough introduction to American Literature from the after the American Civil War, through the turn of the century and into modernism and the early twentieth century, up to the close of World War II.

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

'Realism' is a key term in understanding the relationship between literary texts and historical reality. The term originated in the nineteenth century, the high period of a certain kind of realist novel that Colin MacCabe called the 'classic realist text'. Yet this nineteenth century novel is only one influential form of realism among many. This module investigates the varieties of realism by exploring the multifarious and innovative ways in which writers have exploited a variety of literary forms with the aim of producing the impression of a faithful representation of historical reality. In so doing, it encourages students to think past a culturally ingrained notion of the nineteenth-century novel as a kind of literary norm, or default setting. For one thing, the nineteenth-century novel was in itself highly diverse, more so than this normative model would allow. But more than that, the impulse to get closer to 'reality' always begs questions such as 'the reality of what?', 'whose reality?' and 'the whole of reality? or, if not, which bit of it?'. Realist impulses have often pulled writers in different directions, suggesting a plurality of different formal strategies. Students will learn to identify the different rhetorical and formal devices that writers across the centuries have used to create realist effects.

LDCL4019B

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

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. Students with A-level or equivalent knowledge of a foreign language can choose to study the Reading Translations strand of Reading Texts. This option relates textual analysis to the issues that arise when we read works in English translation, providing a foundation for a number of LDC modules dedicated to international literature. Reading Translations is available to Visiting Students.

LDCL4009A

20

Students will select 40 - 60 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.

AMAL5011B

20

AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

The purpose of this unit is to expose students to a range of works by American women writers in the 20th century. We will looks at some of the best known women writers in the American tradition, as well as works or writers you are not likely to encounter in other units, because either the author or the work is sidelined.

AMAL5009B

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.

AMAL5011A

20

LIVING ON THE HYPHEN: Multi-ethnic American Literatures

America has long been interpreted as the location of social possibility founded upon a desire to assimilate and negate ethnic 'others'. This module traces the literary responses of distinct 'American' cultures: including Native American; African American; Asian American; and Latin American. Each group of texts engage with the specific historical, cultural and political relationships between the US and each author's country of origin or national/cultural history, across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics will include race and racism, exile, return, family, belonging, identity, language and memory, colonisation, imperialism, slavery, segregation, immigration, and illegality/invisibility, with an emphasis upon contemporary experiences.

AMAL5077A

20

Students will select 40 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

CONTEMPORARY FICTION

This module aims to take an open snapshot of different modes of writing in the recent British scene, not a post-war history of the novel. We'll concentrate on more adventurous examples of contemporary fiction, looking at specific aspects of form and style, and thinking about how such aspects speak to broader matters of history and ideology. We'll also consider also what it might mean to be or to call oneself contemporary.

LDCL5069B

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

MODERNISM

Modernism revolutionised the arts worldwide and peaked in the period between 1918 and 1939. We will focus on modernist literature written in English in this period, studying in detail such major authors as Ezra Pound, H.D., William Carlos Williams, T. S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf. Djuna Barnes, Dorothy Richardson, and others. There will be close attention to the radical experiments they conducted with language and form in their attempts to plumb the depths of consciousness. We will trace their origins in earlier literary movements such as Symbolism, Imagism, Aestheticism, and Impressionism, and explore their kinship with foreign literary movements such as Dada and Surrealism. You will be encouraged to do your own research, extending your reading of authors beyond the assigned syllabus material and drawing on the resources of the Modernist Magazines Project. Modernism invented modern methods of criticism and there will be a particular emphasis on the close reading of poetry and poetic prose. A study of modernism is essential for understanding all twentieth century literature and this module is highly recommended for any students wishing to take any modules in twentieth-century literature at Level 6.

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 such as George Eliot, Tennyson, Dickens, Darwin, Arnold, Charlotte Bronte, and the Brownings. 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

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Any LDC module at Level 5 (pre-requisites permitting), any AMS module at Level 5 (pre-requisites permitting). Students should consult with the Study Abroad Co-ordinator before choosing Erasmus Exchange or Semester Abroad 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.

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.

LDCL5021A

20

ADOLESCENCE IN AMERICAN CULTURE POST-1950

This module will suggest that there is a preoccupation with adolescence in postwar and contemporary American culture, and will explore why this is the case. It will do so by introducing students to representations of adolescence in various disciplines, focusing particularly on literature, film, psychoanalysis and cultural studies. Questions to be explored will include: What is 'American' about adolescence? How do representations of adolescence vary according to factors such as gender, race and region? Is there a particular discipline or artistic form which is especially suited to depictions of adolescence?

AMAS5025A

20

AMERICAN CRIME FICTION

This module explores both America's fascination with crime fiction, and crime fiction itself as an American genre. From its emergence in the mid-nineteenth century writings of Edgar Allen Poe, this module will investigate the ways in which American crime fiction has traced and exposed a wide range of social and cultural anxieties in America. Moving through the early twentieth century hard-boiled detective narratives of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Chester Himes, and into the postmodern concerns of late twentieth and early twenty-first century writers such as James Ellroy, Patricia Highsmith, Sara Paretsky, Carl Hiaasen and Patricia Cornwell, we will examine the ways in which American crime fiction asks a series of searching and troubling questions about contemporary American society. Central to our analysis will be the ways in which crime fiction represents a range of American concerns including individualism, the 'hero', race, gender, class, regionalism, the city, and the environment.

AMAL5038B

20

AMERICAN FRONTIERS

This module explores the ever expanding concept of 'American Frontiers'. Since Frederick Jackson Turner's influential 'Frontier thesis' of 1893, American identity has been increasingly linked to the concept of the 'frontier' which has, in more recent years, become subject to an ever-widening geography. Often referred to as the 'transnational turn,' this critical and theoretical trajectory has constantly reinvented - and multiplied - what constitutes the 'American Frontier'. From violent clashes between colonisers and Native peoples to the Space Race, from literary cosmopolitanisms to Hollywood in the South Seas, from America's own national borders to its internal racial and ethnic boundaries, to name just a few of the possible ways of thinking about the Frontier, this module considers American geographies in tandem with the critical movements that have shaped American Studies.

AMAS5045B

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 RADICALS

The module traces the history of the radical political activism in the U.S. from the late nineteenth century to the 1980s. It shows how radicals, while often marginal or ostracised in the United States, assumed pivotal roles as effective organizers in mass movements dedicated to class, race, gender and sexual equality. Classes cover the trade union movement, feminist politics, the black freedom struggle as well as the gay liberation struggle.

AMAS5046A

20

AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

The purpose of this unit is to expose students to a range of works by American women writers in the 20th century. We will looks at some of the best known women writers in the American tradition, as well as works or writers you are not likely to encounter in other units, because either the author or the work is sidelined.

AMAL5009B

20

AUSTEN AND THE BRONTES: READING THE ROMANCE

This module considers texts by Austen and the Brontes in relation to a wide variety of literary and historical contexts: feminisms, colonialism, impact of war, the social status of the woman writer, representations of governesses, madness, mad women and mad men, rakes, foreigners and strangers. We investigate the forms of communication which seem to be offered by and in the romance novel and the ways in which the lives of these authors have been told and read as romances. Opportunities will be available to work on film versions and students will also have, as part of the assessment, the opportunity to produce their own piece of creative writing in response to the primary texts.

LDCL5035B

20

COMEDY AND THE ABSURD IN DRAMA

How and why does comedy work as idea and theatrical practice? This module explores comedy across time and place, using a range of themes, texts, thinkers and practitioners to explore the theory, practice, politics and place of comedy in drama, encompassing comedy as social critique or challenge, resistance or reinforcement, comedy of ideas, language, confrontation, carnival and the grotesque, comic types and bodies, gender and identity politics, clowning, metatheatre and theatricality, as well as forms such as commedia dell'arte, and farce. We will also examine the idea and evolution of 'theatre of the absurd'. Texts will vary each year and you are encouraged to seek out performed comedy in a variety of contexts to text out theories and practice, as well as the particular relationship of comic performance to its audiences. The main mode is seminar discussion complemented by opportunities to participate in and/or observe some practical workshops. You may choose to include a performance element as part of the assessment but this module is open to all.

LDCL5071B

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.

AMAL5011A

20

CONTEMPORARY FICTION

This module aims to take an open snapshot of different modes of writing in the recent British scene, not a post-war history of the novel. We'll concentrate on more adventurous examples of contemporary fiction, looking at specific aspects of form and style, and thinking about how such aspects speak to broader matters of history and ideology. We'll also consider also what it might mean to be or to call oneself contemporary.

LDCL5069B

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 5 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.

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 5 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. Covering the work of writers as various as Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Derrida, Eve Sedgwick and Gayatri Spivak, and exploring structuralist, feminist, queer and post-colonial theories amongst others, this module engages with ideas and ways of thinking which you will find helpful throughout your degree.

LDCL5031A

20

DOING IT YOURSELF: PUNK AND AMERICA

This module encourages students to consider how Punk#as a musical genre, an aesthetic, and as a subculture#may be perceived as a vital part of a longstanding American tradition of self-reliance and innovation. This interdisciplinary module attempts to define Punk and considers what it means to be Punk by examining its influence on music, poetry, and fiction. The module also explores the socio-political implications of Punk in terms of gender, sexuality, and community, and questions Punk's role in an increasingly globalised 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

EMPIRE AND AFTER: GLOBALIZING ENGLISH

Today, literature in English is produced in many countries across the world and English increasingly enjoys a status as a 'global' language. This module will explore how this situation came about by placing the development of English literary traditions both in the British Isles and elsewhere into the long historical context of the rise and fall of the British Empire. Beginning with canonical works by British writers from the eighteenth century through the nineteenth and into the twentieth centuries, the module will then consider literary and political responses to the experience of empire and colonization by writers from South Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Australasia, and the Americas. It will explore how 'English Literature' has been shaped on a global scale by global historical forces, and how different the history of the English literary tradition looks when placed alongside and in counterpoint to these 'other' writings in English. The module will discuss the writings of Daniel Defoe, Joseph Conrad, Chinua Achebe, Jean Rhys, Amitav Ghosh, Kate Grenville and J.M Coetzee amongst others. The module will introduce you to the theoretical and conceptual apparatus of postcolonial literary studies and to some of the key frameworks for understanding the formation of the modern world, such as race and racism, nations and nationalism, colonial discourse and postcolonial theory, and how gender and sexuality were pivotal in the formation of colonial and post-colonial identities.

LDCL5079A

20

ERASMUS EXCHANGE: AUTUMN SEMESTER

LDCL5080A

60

ERASMUS EXCHANGE: SPRING SEMESTER

LDC students going abroad under the ERASMUS exchange scheme for the Spring semester must enrol for this module. Students going abroad under the ERASMUS exchange scheme to Dublin will need in addition to enrol for module LDCL5024A. Further details on the ERASMUS scheme are available from the Study Abroad Office.

LDCL5080B

60

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

EXCEPTIONAL STATES: US INTELLECTUAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY

This is a compulsory module for all students on an American Studies related degree programme. The module offers foundational understanding in US intellectual thought and culture from the roots of democracy coming out of the Enlightenment through to the contemporary moment of globalisation and biopolitics. In short the module maps-out the US from its origins in the European imagination to its current position in a globalised world. It address such important questions as: Does the US have a distinctive culture? What of the melting-pot? How has the diversity of ethnic, racial, gender, class, and religious identities shaped US intellectual and cultural history? How have the concepts and practices of related disciplines such as history, sociology, economics and literary criticism influenced US intellectual and cultural life? Should we speak of cultural imperialism? How has capitalism and its various political-economic and cultural critiques shaped the US? And how can the study of intellectual and cultural history help us understand the dynamics of power?

AMAS5027B

20

EXCEPTIONAL STATES: US INTELLECTUAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY

This is a compulsory module for all students on an American Studies related degree programme. The module offers foundational understanding in US intellectual thought and culture from the roots of democracy coming out of the Enlightenment through to the contemporary moment of globalisation and biopolitics. In short the module maps-out the US from its origins in the European imagination to its current position in a globalised world. It address such important questions as: Does the US have a distinctive culture? What of the melting-pot? How has the diversity of ethnic, racial, gender, class, and religious identities shaped US intellectual and cultural history? How have the concepts and practices of related disciplines such as history, sociology, economics and literary criticism influenced US intellectual and cultural life? Should we speak of cultural imperialism? How has capitalism and its various political-economic and cultural critiques shaped the US? And how can the study of intellectual and cultural history help us understand the dynamics of power?

AMAS5028Y

40

FEMINIST THEATRE

What was the British feminist theatre movement and what does it mean for you now as a writer, theatre maker and/or scholar? Feminist Theatre explores key feminist theatre makers from the Suffrage movement to the present, focusing on radical companies and writers of the 1970s and 1980s (Monstrous Regiment, Cunning Stunts, Pam Gems, Caryl Churchill). Combining seminars and practical workshops, it investigates what feminist historiography is and how you can engage creatively with archives. The module invites you to draw on a lineage of feminist ideas and methods to consider and challenge the continued underrepresentation of women in theatre (and beyond). Assessment will be part analytical and part creative or creative-critical work, with an option to create a performance. All welcome! No need to identify as a woman or feminist to take part.

LDCD5058B

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

GOODBYE TO BERLIN? LITERATURE and VISUAL CULTURE IN WEIMAR GERMANY

This module will explore some of the exciting developments in verbal and visual culture of the Weimar Republic between the First and Second World Wars, e.g. experimental theatre, Weimar cinema, cabaret, visual arts, the Bauhaus, etc. Texts considered will include writings by Brecht, Thomas and Heinrich Mann, Joseph Roth and others as well as key films by e.g. Pabst (Threepenny Opera), Lang (Metropolis), von Sternberg (Blue Angel) and others. A particular focus is likely to be representations of gender on page, stage and screen. Active seminar participation is expected. NB: A knowledge of German, while useful, is not a prerequisite; translations are available.

LDCL5051A

20

I AM

RESTRICTED TO STUDENTS REGISTERED FOR COURSES Q300, Q3W8, QV31, QT37, W400, WQ43, WW84 ONLY. How do our literary choices inform our sense of self? What do our critical and theoretical interests say about our values and concerns? How do we make connections between our academic studies and the outside world? Using the rubric of Graduate Identity Theory as a starting point, this module allows you to explore notions of personal identity through engaging with a range of texts, from the literary and theoretical to journalism and online blogs. Our inquiry will focus on ideas concerned with notions of identity, self and subjectivity, which might include gender, class, race, sexuality, language and power; and you will have the opportunity to explore your thoughts through discussion, peer review, journaling, online blogging in addition to essay. The module will raise your level of self-awareness and help you to make confident claims, through academic pursuit, about who you are and what you can do. It will also build, in a practical way, on your employability skills.

LDCL5054A

20

LITERATURE AND PHILOSOPHY

This module will offer a series of different approaches to the question of how Literature and Philosophy can speak to each other as academic disciplines, demonstrating the breadth and diversity of the two fields, as well as acquainting students with the research in literary criticism and philosophy currently being pursued at UEA. As well as examining the ways in which literature can illuminate and trouble philosophical argument, it will explore literature and 'the literary' as a topic for philosophical analysis, and the kinds of thinking such a topic would demand. Setting literature and philosophy into dialogue in this way will engender a more capacious understanding of the particular philosophical issues, and literary techniques, under discussion. The course will allow students to develop an awareness of the limits and advantages of various modes of literary and philosophical expression, and to foster more sophisticated skills in both literary and philosophical criticism. The module will be made up of a lecture circus, with two weeks given to each lecturer on a particular topic related to their current research (there will be five in all, David Nowell Smith (module convenor) plus two from PHI and two from LDC). The seminars will discuss issues arising from these lectures, working with texts set by the lecturer. The module is compulsory for VQ53 English Literature with Philosophy students, but is also open for other students in the English Literature and Philosophy degree courses.

LDCL5072A

20

LITERATURE STUDIES SEMESTER ABROAD (SPRING)

LDCL5081B

60

LITERATURE STUDIES SEMESTER ABROAD: AUSTRALIA (AUTUMN)

A semester spent at an Australian university taking an approved course of study. Restricted to students on U1Q300302, U1QT37302, U1Q3W8302, U1QV31303.

LDCL5081A

60

LIVING ON THE HYPHEN: Multi-ethnic American Literatures

America has long been interpreted as the location of social possibility founded upon a desire to assimilate and negate ethnic 'others'. This module traces the literary responses of distinct 'American' cultures: including Native American; African American; Asian American; and Latin American. Each group of texts engage with the specific historical, cultural and political relationships between the US and each author's country of origin or national/cultural history, across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics will include race and racism, exile, return, family, belonging, identity, language and memory, colonisation, imperialism, slavery, segregation, immigration, and illegality/invisibility, with an emphasis upon contemporary experiences.

AMAL5077A

20

LOOKING AT PICTURES: PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUAL CULTURE IN THE USA

This module aims to introduce students to strategies and techniques for analysing photographs and, more specifically, uses the visual record to study and illuminate the history of the USA. Viewed here as sites of historical evidence, photographic portraits, family albums, anthropological illustrations, lynching postcards, advertisements, food packaging, fashion photos are just some of the pictures that will be "read" and evaluated. Students will explore how visual texts can contribute to an understanding of nationhood, class, race, sexuality and identity in the USA, with an emphasis on the nineteenth century. 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 identities and culture.

AMAS5024B

20

MEDIEVAL WRITING

This module provides an introduction to the study of medieval literature. We explore Chaucer's poetry (The Clerk's Tale, The Nun's Priest's Tale, The Parliament of Fowls), the wonderful Morall Fabillis of Robert Henryson, the work of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, and three Middle English Romances, including the superb Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The module works in three inter-related ways: by exploring a range of important medieval literary genres (the lyric, allegorical narrative, romance, 'mystical writing', 'life writing', moral fable, dream vision); by considering important aspects of the medieval world (social, political, religious) and their textual representation; and by addressing the material circumstances in and by which medieval texts were written and read, published and circulated (in manuscripts and in the very earliest printed books). The aim, then, is really two-fold: to introduce you to the remarkable riches of medieval literature (one of the pay-offs of the relative linguistic difficulty of Middle English is that it forces us to attend slowly and carefully to the textual details of our material in a way I suspect we don't always find ourselves able to and in a way that the texts we will be reading wonderfully reward), and, at the same time, to allow you to try your hand as medievalists, exploring the distinctive possibilities and practices that come with working with this material.

LDCL5063A

20

MODERNISM

Modernism revolutionised the arts worldwide and peaked in the period between 1918 and 1939. We will focus on modernist literature written in English in this period, studying in detail such major authors as Ezra Pound, H.D., William Carlos Williams, T. S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf. Djuna Barnes, Dorothy Richardson, and others. There will be close attention to the radical experiments they conducted with language and form in their attempts to plumb the depths of consciousness. We will trace their origins in earlier literary movements such as Symbolism, Imagism, Aestheticism, and Impressionism, and explore their kinship with foreign literary movements such as Dada and Surrealism. You will be encouraged to do your own research, extending your reading of authors beyond the assigned syllabus material and drawing on the resources of the Modernist Magazines Project. Modernism invented modern methods of criticism and there will be a particular emphasis on the close reading of poetry and poetic prose. A study of modernism is essential for understanding all twentieth century literature and this module is highly recommended for any students wishing to take any modules in twentieth-century literature at Level 6.

LDCL5045A

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. 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 CONTEMPORARY POETRY

This module will focus on poetry written from the post-war context up to the present day. The poets studied will be drawn principally from an Anglo-American tradition and may include such writers as Frank O'Hara, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Sharon Olds, James Tate, Yusef Komunyakaa, Carol Ann Duffy, Carolyn Forche and Emily Berry among others. Using the reading and study of post-war poetry and addressing some of the concerns of poetry including form and poetry of witness, students will be able to write creatively and/or critically for assessment. Formative work includes creating a mini-anthology of contemporary poetry. The module builds upon Creative Writing modules and complements modules such as Poetry After Modernism and poetry dissertations. This module is open to Literature and English Literature with Creative Writing Students.

LDCL5073B

20

READING AND WRITING IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND

In this module we will study some of the most important poetry and prose of the English Renaissance, including masterpieces by Christopher Marlowe, Sir Philip Sidney, and Edmund Spenser, as well as Shakespeare's early narrative poetry (not covered on the Shakespeare module). We will be studying these writers in a unique way. Behind this great outpouring of Elizabethan writing lay a vibrant literary culture which valued rhetoric, argument, elaborate and often playful self-presentation, and which insisted that good reading helped you to develop an individual style as a writer. In response to your reading of Renaissance literature, you will put the tenets of this culture into practice, building up over the course of the module an assessment portfolio of short pieces of writing in prose (or sometimes, if you wish, poetry). When reading Sidney's groundbreaking 'Defence of Poetry', for instance, you will draw on his rhetorical and argumentative techniques to write your own defence of any modern genre of your choice. Or when looking at the way Thomas Nashe plays with the form of his printed books you will have the opportunity to experiment with innovative ways of presenting your own portfolio to readers. This module allows you to think critically in genres other than conventional academic essays, and in doing so aims to foster connections between critical and creative writing. You will have the chance to develop more confidence and self-awareness as a writer and critic through studying some of the greatest English literature. THIS MODULE FULFILLS THE PRE-1789 REQUIREMENT.

LDCL5062B

20

READING AND WRITING TRANSLATIONS

This course focuses on reading translated texts from around the world, and analysing them in the context of translation theory. Texts explored will range from the Bible and Latin poetry (Virgil, Catullus) through the Arabian Nights to non-fiction works (Nietzsche, Freud) and Harry Potter; translation theories studied will include historical examples (Jerome, John Dryden, Friedrich Schleiermacher) and more recent theoretical work in translation studies, with a particular emphasis on the way translation theory intersects with cultural movements such as feminism and postcolonialism. There is one piece of summative coursework assessment, which involves either an original translation with commentary or a comparative analysis of existing translations or an essay on a theoretical issue in translation studies. Other pieces of formative assessment to be completed over the course of the module include analyses of translated texts, sample 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

THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

The legacy of the American Revolution reverberates throughout American history and culture. In addition to representing the nation's beginnings, the events and ideas of the revolutionary era have fundamentally shaped the way Americans think about themselves, their nation, and their history. Politics, law, popular culture, and literature have all drawn on the legacy of the American Revolution. But what exactly is that legacy and how has it been used? This module introduces students to the history of the American revolutionary era, from the end of the Seven Years' War in 1763, through war against the British, writing the Constitution, to the election of Thomas Jefferson in the "revolution of 1800". The Revolution affected nearly all aspects of American life, including the political economy of slavery, gender relations, economic development, and the pace and pattern of the expansion of white settlement, all of which will be discussed in the module. The module will also consider the extent to which the history of the Revolution is accurately (or otherwise) represented in contemporary discussions and ask what such representations might tell us about contemporary American politics and society.

AMAS5048B

20

THE COLD WAR

What was the Cold War? How did it start, where and how was it fought, and why did it last so long? This module analyses these issues by exploring the contest waged by the U.S. and Soviet Union in every corner of the globe during the twentieth century. It considers nations and peoples who aligned with the superpowers or, as was increasingly the case, with neither. It looks at the multiple ways in which this unique 'war short of total war' influenced all aspects of life, from diplomacy and politics, to economics, to culture and values, to bombs and warfare, to societal norms, to questions of race and sexuality. With attention to a range of state, private, and transnational actors, it analyses the global and international nature of the Cold War. It explores the place of the conflict amid other transformative historical narratives during the century and, finally, considers the changing ways that historians have written about the Cold War.

AMAS5044A

20

THE SHORT STORY (AUT)

What is a short story? What do short story writers have to say? What about short story critics and theorists? Is the short story a narrative in miniature? Or is there more to a short story than simply being 'short'? And why are critics so concerned with whether the short story is alive or dead? These are the kind of questions this module will investigate by asking you to think as a short story reader, theorist, critic and writer. Reading will be drawn from short story writers - and writing about the short story - roughly spanning the 19th century to the present, and from a range of cultural contexts. Our interest will not be to establish a history of the short story, but instead to explore the range of thematic preoccupations, changing definitions, and critical debates surrounding the form. Students will have the opportunity to respond to these questions in critical and/or creative forms of assessment. Writers studied might include Edgar Allan Poe, Katherine Mansfield, Julio Cortazar, Anton Chekov, Ali Smith and Ryunosuke Aqutagawa.

LDCL5074A

20

THE SHORT STORY (SPR)

What is a short story? What do short story writers have to say? What about short story critics and theorists? Is the short story a narrative in miniature? Or is there more to a short story than simply being 'short'? And why are critics so concerned with whether the short story is alive or dead? These are the kind of questions this module will investigate by asking you to think as a short story reader, theorist, critic and writer. Reading will be drawn from short story writers - and writing about the short story - roughly spanning the 19th century to the present, and from a range of cultural contexts. Our interest will not be to establish a history of the short story, but instead to explore the range of thematic preoccupations, changing definitions, and critical debates surrounding the form. Students will have the opportunity to respond to these questions in critical and/or creative forms of assessment. Writers studied might include Edgar Allan Poe, Katherine Mansfield, Julio Cortazar, Anton Chekov, Ali Smith and Ryunosuke Aqutagawa.

LDCL5075B

20

THE WRITING OF HISTORY

What makes a good history essay? What makes a good literary critical essay? How are they different? How do the disciplines of History and English Literature approach argument and evidence, narration and description? What are the generic, formal and stylistic expectations that govern academic writing in each of these disciplines? Some version of these questions will have occurred to any student attempting to meet the assessment criteria in a university degree. They are perhaps particularly pressing for students in a joint degree, where somewhat different approaches are required by each subject. This module brings historians, literary critics and creative writers into a multi-disciplinary conversation designed to explore the tensions as well as the continuities between history and literary studies. After an introductory week, the module divides into three week blocks, exploring three topic areas where the research and writing of UEA faculty members in both schools overlap. By asking faculty members from the two schools to investigate similar territory from contrasting perspectives, we will explore how very similar subjects and sources can be treated differently by different disciplines (and by different methodological orientations within those disciplines). Historians, literary critics and creative writers will give guest lectures that describe and analyse their research process and writing practice. There will also be some more theoretically driven weeks where the work of key philosophers and theorists of history - for instance Levi-Strauss, Lukacs, Sartre, Hartog and Kosseleck - will be read and discussed. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own approaches to the writing of history, literary criticism and creative writing. In their summative coursework, students will answer focussed questions about history writing as a genre, analyse different approaches to the writing of history, and/or consider areas where the approaches of history, historical fiction and literary criticism might be thought to overlap or, conversely, be in conflict.

LDCL5077A

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

THEY CAME FROM OUTER-THE-CLOSET: GENDER, SEXUALITY AND PANIC IN AMERICAN FILM

With its main focus on the 20th century, this module will explore key moments of change or crisis in the century and consider the ways the panic caused by such changes is distinctly gendered and/or sexualised. It will concurrently examine gender and sexual resistance to dominant ideas of American identity and the subsequent creation and/or promotion of liberationist discourses and alternative communities. Film will provide the focus for this cultural study, and the module will range widely over a number of different genres including the western, sci-fi, detective and LGBT themed works.

AMAS5020A

20

THREE WOMEN WRITERS

The writings of Edith Wharton, Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf intersect with discourses of 'new women' and gender as well as feminism, and social and cultural history. This second level seminar develops historicist and generic understanding as well as exploring women's identity through these authors' writings, which move between realism and modernism. Special attention to just one writer is possible in the final essay. Particular attention will be given to some of Virginia Woolf's lesser known writing.

LDCL5050B

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 such as George Eliot, Tennyson, Dickens, Darwin, Arnold, Charlotte Bronte, and the Brownings. 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, Matthew Smith and Randy Duncan, amongst others. The module will analyse established texts by writers and artists such as Art Spiegelman, Guy Delisle and Alison Bechdel. 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

WORKING WITH WORDS

This module offers students the opportunity to develop both critical understanding and practical skills in writing and the communication of ideas within and for professions in the creative industries, and to gain an appreciation and knowledge of the sector and its place in the creative economy. Through a combination of lectures, masterclasses, seminars and workshops, students will be exploring both the form and context of writing within the publishing industry, journalism, film and broadcast, new media writing (digital content, blogging), and other forms of writing within the creative industries. The module is closely aligned to 'Working with Words', the annual, UEA-based student conference that explores communication and writing in the workplace. Both formative and summative assessments will be informed by this event, and therefore attendance will be compulsory. Students will also participate in a project supporting a live, national website, 'After English' hosted and managed by UEA. Selections of writing produced in the module will be uploaded to this site. The module demands a high level of participation and students will be expected to engage in regular writing exercises, individual and group research and project work. Students will be expected to undertake a summative project which requires them to research a specific area of practice in the creative industries sector, create examples of written work pertinent to this, and reflect on their own development. This module is designed for students who are interested in exploring their own career identity as 'writers' but are prepared to scrutinise and contextualise this identity through wider industry and career research and practice.

LDCL5078B

20

WRITING THE WILD

It is a popular conception that writing about the natural world and its fragility is a particular fixation of the late twentieth and early twenty first century. However, concern about the natural world and man's place in his environment became a major preoccupation in the eighteenth century. Writing the Wild asks to what extent nature writers in our period may be read as being in dialogue with their eighteenth century predecessors. Texts will be predominately non-fiction and will give students the opportunity to study the less familiar writings of such authors as Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft and Jane Austen alongside contemporary nature writing by Richard Mabey, Robert Macfarlane, Kathleen Jamie and Tim Dee. Topics will include: nostalgia, the impact of war on writing about the countryside, the relationship between nature, writing and the mind and the notion of 'landscape'. This module offers students the opportunity to write 'creatively' as well as 'critically'.

LDCL5059B

20

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ALIENS, OUTSIDERS, AND EXPATS:WRITING AMERICA OUTSIDE IN

The Module engages contemporary writing by expatriates and outsiders in the United States. Considering novels by expatriate writers from Australia, Britain, India, and Nigeria alongside writing by authors from states and protectorates beyond the bounds of the continental United States (Guam, Hawaii, Samoa), this module considers how such writing has imagined key American events, eras, and cultural practices from "the outside in." Authors may include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Peter Carey, Sia Figiel, Brandy Nalani McDougal, Craig Santos Perez, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, and Kirsten Tranter among others.

AMAL6049A

30

AMERICAN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

This module aims to introduce students to the fascinatingly wide and diverse area of American autobiography. It takes a broadly chronological structure in order to introduce key narratives and writers in the history of American autobiography, and will also enable students to engage with important theoretical debates influencing how we might understand autobiography - debates which can perhaps best be described as attempting to determine what is at stake in writing, reading and defining the autobiographical 'I'. Questions to be explored will include: What do we mean by autobiography? Why is it so difficult to define autobiography? What is 'American' about autobiography?

AMAL6007A

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

COMICS: AN AMERICAN ART

This module introduces students to the American art of comics, comic strips, and graphic novels. Tracing the form's development from its inception in the popular newspapers of the end of the 19th century through the birth of the comic book, the underground comix revolution of the counterculture years, the birth of the graphic novel, and the current boom in autobiographical comics by women, the course will give students a broad understanding of the many cultural and formal issues surrounding the form.

AMAL6048A

30

EXPLODED FORMS: POST WORLD WAR II AMERICAN FICTION

America post World War II is marked by great optimism and conversely an extreme sense of foreboding over the absurd conditions of life. Picking up the threads of the transatlantic discussions between continental philosophy and American fiction making, this module explores the connection between American society, literature and experimentation in the decades immediately following World War II. Authors studied may include, Joseph Heller, Saul Bellow, James Baldwin, Kurt Vonnegut, Ishmael Reed, Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, Hunter S Thompson, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Robert Coover for example.

AMAL6050B

30

GENDER IN AMERICAN CULTURE

The Statue of Liberty is emblematic of the democratic ideals espoused since the American Revolution. Yet, the feminine figure that stands aloft in the New York skyline is also symbolic of discourses of gender: the ideals and expectations shaping men and women's lives as gendered beings. This module will consider how traditional discourses of gender have shaped the identity of Americans and the American nation. Focusing on a wide variety of case studies including debates around the body, citizenship, representations of gender in iconographical form and visual culture, in addition to reflecting on gendered rhetoric in the political arena, the workplace, and institutions such as the military, the module will consider how particular ideals of gender have been articulated in various contexts and how this has informed wider discourses central to the American nation.

AMAS6032B

30

GO WEST! HISTORIES AND CULTURES OF THE AMERICAN WEST

The American West occupies both a geographical and social place within US history along with a place in the mythic ideals of America. From the of the law of gunfighter to the promise of the Californian gold-rush to the gay pastoral of Brokeback Mountain, the West has proved to be a site of often violent transformation and liberation. This module will explore the West as both history and myth. As an interdisciplinary module on the West, study may include historical narratives, popular literature, song, comic-books and film.

AMAS6055B

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.

AMAS6027A

30

NEW AMERICAN CENTURY: CULTURE AND 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 and a half 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 Iraq and Syria; 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 serves to highlight the historical divisions and crises of American society and underscores that contemporary America is in crisis geopolitically, economically, democratically, environmentally, and culturally. This module seeks to engage with these areas of crisis and examine a variety of cultural responses to the America of the millennium. Through a variety of cultural texts, from literature, film and documentary, political speeches and letters, to historical texts and pop culture, this module examines the ways in which these crises have been culturally and politically constructed and given particular sets of meaning.

AMAS6052B

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

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ADOPTING/ ADAPTING/ UPDATING

Is all creative writing a form of re-writing? From Virgil's imperialist taming of Homer, via Jean Rhys's postcolonial 'prequel' to Jane Eyre, to Helen Fielding's homage to Jane Austen by way of 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 homage, parody, borrowing, repositioning, intervention and creative (mis)reading may be practised 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 (for example) indebtedness, anxiety, irreverence or 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 directions in creative writing.

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 Dickens with a broader engagement with theories of realism.

LDCL6136A

30

CHAUCER

This module explores the rich and complex writings of Geoffrey Chaucer which we read in relation to their social and cultural contexts (literary, political, theological, philosophical). The module is structured in three parts: after an introduction via a selection of Chaucer's shorter poems and one of his dream visions (the "Prologue" to The Legend of Good Women), we spend four weeks concentrating on Troilus and Criseyde (in my opinion Chaucer's very greatest work) and then another four on the riches of the Canterbury Tales. We approach Chaucer's writing in a number of complementary ways. We attend to the brilliance of Chaucer's poetry formally by considering his use of literary and generic convention; we approach his writing comparatively by looking at Chaucer's engagement with classical (Ovid, Boethius, the traditional stories of Troy) and older French and Italian writing (Dante and Boccaccio); we consider the ways in which Chaucer's writing records and responds to the historical circumstances of late-fourteenth-century England (particularly in the royal court and within London); and we look at the manner in which Chaucer's works were written and read ('published' and circulated) within a medieval manuscript culture and at the implications this has for an understanding of his work. For we might propose that the aim of this module is essentially twofold: to explore together some superlative Chaucerian poetry and, at the same time, to allow you to develop further as medievalists and Chaucerians, encountering the distinctive challenges and possibilities that come with working with this material.

LDCL6053A

30

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

This module offers students the chance to learn about children's literature and its development. It starts with the history of children's literature, looking at its use as a pedagogical tool, moving through Aesop's fables, fairy tales, Mother Goose, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and examining other authors who may include A.A. Milne, Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, Sherman Alexie and Patrick Ness, amongst others. The course looks at issues of genre and content as well as historical context. Theoretical readings on children's literature are also closely engaged with, possibly including work by Perry Nodelman, Jack Zipes. Maria Nikolajeva, and others. By studying the development of children's literature, this module also analyses the development of the concept of childhood in Western society. This module also includes presentations and a writing workshop.

LDCL6038A

30

CONTEMPORARY DRAMA AND FILM

This module will examine emergent voices and trends in recent theatre, film and television (mainly British but with some American or European contributions). Issues covered include the (questioned) demise of explicitly political drama and the appearance of previously silenced voices (e.g. gay and lesbian themes, feminist playwrights and writing ethnicity, physical theatre practitioners).

LDCD6103B

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 continuing 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 Margaret Atwood, Henrik Ibsen, Angela Carter, Jean Rhys, Jeanette Winterson, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf, Ali Smith, Beyonce and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Students will study the ways in which feminist criticism and theory (including Kristeva, Cixous, bell hooks, Haraway and Butler) 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 opportunity 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 that a knowledge of German, while always welcome, is not a requirement.

LDCL6148A

30

GHOSTS, HAUNTING AND SPECTRALITY

From Defoe's True Relation of Mrs Veal's posthumous visit to her friend Mrs Bargrave through the classic English ghost stories of MR James to the ghosts in the machine of modern media, the ghost, shade, revenant or spectre continues to haunt human imagination. Subtle shadings of the spectre materialise at different times, in different contexts - materialised reminder of unquiet remains; manifestation of memory or the unconscious; physiological disturbance; psychical stain. These undecidable and ambivalent presences, or uncanny sensations of hauntedness, will be explored in this module. Writers studied on the module might include Daniel Defoe, M.R. James, Henry James, Margaret Oliphant, May Sinclair and Susan Hill. The module will draw on studies mapping the development of the belief in ghosts (Sasha Handley's Visions of an Unseen World) and exploring the cultural history (Andrew Smith's The Ghost Story 1840 - 1920). It will also consider critical engagements, such as Jacques Derrida's Specters of Marx and Jodey Castricano's Cryptomimesis.

LDCL6160A

30

LATIN AMERICAN NARRATIVES

While the term 'narrativa' 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 have 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's 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, Valeria Luiselli, amongst others.

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, Ali Smith, Shakespeare and Joyce. Through wide-ranging seminar discussions, 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, and also to think about how deconstruction might give us ways to think about what is taking place in the world and - sometimes - in our own lives too. The module is open to everyone, but may be of particular interest to those who studied critical or cultural theory in the second year. The second assignment will permit you to experiment with the form of your own critical and theoretical writing.

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 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 through creative and critical exercises, including examples from Middle English Arthurian manuscripts, 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 horror 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 the 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

MINOR LITERATURES: RESISTANCE, RADICALISATION AND READING

This module explores writing as a site of resistance and protest and considers representation itself as inherently political. Does this make the work of a reader radical, or how can that work be radicalised? Taking a lead from the thinking of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari the module will ask what does it mean to write or speak a dominant language in such a way that it stutters or stammers? What would such writing or speaking look or sound like? Deleuze and Guattari suggest that minor literature (minoritarian form in general) takes a dominant, hegemonic, major language and force it to 'say' something different, and to do so differently, dislocating (deterritorialising) it so that a new voice (speaking from a new constituency) can be heard. They use the works of Kafka, a Czech Jew writing in 'official' German, as a representative example of how a dominant, major language can be pressed into the service of a minor literature, as a way of inscribing new constituencies, while other critics have considered sub-cultures' re-appropriation of language, post-colonial writing back, musical subgenres and alternative/underground cinema as also being iterations of minoritarian impulses. This module explores various aspects of writing or speaking back, writing against the grain, saying the things major language finds itself unable or uncomfortable to speak about, and articulating the unheard. Writers and texts might include Kathy Acker, William Burroughs, Elias Khoury, Dana Spiotta, Jennifer Egan, along with punk 'zines, samizdat writing and manifestoes.

LDCL6146A

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 various 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 catastrophe, 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

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, David Levithan, Maggie Nelson, and Sarah Waters. Authors of theoretical texts looked at may include Beatriz Preciado, 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, as well as analysing current events. This module also includes presentations and a writing workshop.

LDCL6033B

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, journalism, and television 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, Persius, Swift and Pope; John Dryden, Evelyn Waugh, and Malcolm Bradbury. Television examples will include Brass Eye and The Thick of It. This module offers the opportunity for one or more of the assessments to be 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

Stop, Look, Listen is devoted to the theory and practice of description: its history, its forms and its possibilities. This perhaps makes it sound a little dull - description is felt by some to be a rather dubious activity, the reasons for which we'll consider - but the module sets out to suggest otherwise through the collaborative reading of a set of brilliantly attentive texts. Our reference point will be the Journals (2006) 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, and trace the aesthetic and philosophical influences that establish a poetics, and an ethics, of descriptive attention. These include the ancient rhetorical figure of ekphrasis, evident in Homer and Virgil, along with traditions of nature writing (Hopkins; Richard Jefferies; Nan Shepherd) and art criticism (Ruskin; Pater; Adrian Stokes). We'll spend time reading and thinking about the theory and practice of description in the novel and in poetry, and consider some of the theoretical aspects of the act and art of describing. The module is intended for both literature and creative writing students, especially those with an interest in visual art, aesthetics and nature writing. It will offer 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 produce 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' (1915) to the wartime contexts of his final major poem, Four Quartets (1943). 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, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, J.H. Prynne, Lynette Roberts, Rosemary Tonks) and America (John Ashbery, John Berryman, Peter Gizzi, Jorie Graham, Susan Howe, Sylvia Plath). The final project will be a 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 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; Psyche, 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 BUSINESS OF BOOKS

The emergence of a market driven booktrade at the end of the seventeenth century is understood by cultural historians, literary critics, and historians of the book as a major contributing factor in broader kinds of literary, social, and cultural change. The newly commercial booktrade challenged traditional notions of authorship; gave rise to modern concepts of copyright and intellectual property; and forged new kinds of correspondence between books and an emergent reading public. This module takes a closer look at the workings of the late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century booktrade, under three interconnected headings: bookselling (key publishers such as Bernard Lintott, Jacob Tonson, and Edmund Curll, alongside 'trade' publishers such as Morphew and Roberts); writers and writing (Delarivier Manley, Elizabeth Rowe, Mary Wortley Montague, John Dryden, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe, and more obscure 'hack' writers); and reading (kinds of circulation, from the manuscript, to subscription publication, to the lending library). Questions central to the module will include: what kinds of mechanisms, processes and negotiations turn a writer's work into a marketable commodity? How do the social and economic conditions of writing (how, when, what for) affect the kinds of work writers produce? And what kind of impact might printed works, and print technologies have on the activity of reading, and on how subjects conceive of their relationship to the wider world? There are no pre-requisites for this module, although it will be of interest to those who have studied Eighteenth-Century Writing in the second year. THIS MODULE FULFILS THE PRE-1789 REQUIREMENT.

LDCL6127B

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 encounter writers from formerly colonised nations in Africa and Asia, from Central and Eastern Europe, and South America.

LDCL6097A

30

THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY NOVEL

In the eighteenth-century the novel was in a state of flux, with writers experimenting with different possibilities for writing extended fictional narratives. In this module we will be reading three of the most important novels of the eighteenth-century over several weeks so that we can attend to them closely as they unfold in time. Our novels are Samuel Richardson's Clarissa, Henry Fielding's Tom Jones, and Frances Burney's Evelina. Our secondary readings will engage the central debates happening in novel studies today. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with ways of working with texts beyond close reading and draw on the methodologies of book history and of the digital humanities. This module fulfils the pre-1789 requirement.

LDCL6144A

30

THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE: TRANSLATING LOVE, DEATH AND ADVENTURE

For something to be reborn it must first die. The Italian Renaissance ('rebirth') sought to disinter the past in order to reanimate the present, but in order to do so the present had to come to terms with its loss - as Petrarch asked, 'who can doubt that Rome would rise again instantly if she began to know herself?'. How can we best understand this process of loss and reanimation? How did Renaissance writers understand it, and how did they bridge the gulf between death and rebirth? And can we do the same? In order to answer these questions this module examines the twin practices of imitation and translation in English responses to some of the most exciting and influential texts of the Italian Renaissance. It does so in two ways: through a sustained analysis of those practices in their diverse forms and genres (sonnets, epic, dialogue, drama), and by imitating the process of creative imitation ourselves. In other words, we step into the shoes of the Renaissance imitator. The module allows us to understand how Italian poets such as Dante, Petrarch and Ariosto responded to the classical past (and each other), and how English poets and playwrights such as Wyatt, Spenser, Shakespeare and Jonson responded to Italian models. By imitating the imitators - for example by writing sonnets - we gain a deeper understanding of how imitation is both a creative practice and a critical process, both a reading and a rewriting. Students are not expected or required to know any Italian in advance. THIS MODULE FULFILS THE PRE-1789 REQUIREMENT.

LDCL6124B

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, Sylvia Plath, John Ashbery and some surrealist writers. We will also conduct our own games with the dictionary and with contemporary discourse. 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. There will be opportunities for creative writing of nonsense and creative writers are encouraged to take the module. 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

TRAVEL LITERATURE

The eighteenth-century reading public eagerly devoured narratives of travels around the world. In this course we will survey the diverse range of travel literature this century produced. We will read accounts of actual and fictional travels, as well as narratives that fall somewhere between the real and the imaginary. Key questions for us will be how travellers' identities and ideas are reshaped through the experience of journeying, 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, Mary Wortley Montagu's Letters from Turkey, Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, and Janet Schaw's Journal of a Lady of Quality. THIS MODULE FULFILS THE PRE-1789 REQUIREMENT.

LDCL6108B

30

URBAN VISIONS: THE CITY IN LITERATURE AND VISUAL CULTURE

This interdisciplinary module explores the idea and representation of 'the city' through a range of writings (fiction, poetry, essays, theory), visual (painting, photography, film) and occasionally other sensory material (sound, smell), spanning from the mid-19th to the 21st century and focused on two great capitals of modernity, Paris and London. In this period, the growth of the great European cities created a new and diverse set of environments and possibilities. Utopias, dystopias, sites of ruin and construction of all kinds; what different, contradictory or coherent versions of urban experience do these texts and images offer? What kinds of writing, art, discourses and attitudes do cities seem to generate? Was modernism 'an art of cities'? How do textual and pictorial techniques intersect, for example, in the case of Impressionist art and writing, Surrealism and Situationist provocations, or street art and photography? In the company of the flaneur (or flaneuse?), the detective and other urban wanderers, we'll explore aspects such as space, place, urban being and time, love and eroticism, hauntings, memory and the presence of the past, the individual and the crowd, the role of consumer capitalism, nature and the natural, psychogeography, and the pressures, preoccupations and thrills peculiar to urban living. Writers to be studied vary and may include Balzac, Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Baudelaire, Zola, Gissing, Conan Doyle, Andre Breton, Virginia Woolf, Maureen Duffy, Iain Sinclair, Peter Ackroyd, Zadie Smith and China Mieville alongside a selection of theorists, poets, artists and photographers and a selection of city films. Assessment is individually designed and there is scope to work in both critical and creative-critical modes, and to incorporate visual material.

LDCL6138A

30

VIRGIL'S CLASSIC EPIC

After the Bible, the Aeneid is probably the single most important and influential work in the Western cultural tradition. For T. S. Eliot, it is the "classic of all Europe." It is also one of the most extraordinary - moving, complex, formally and philosophically subtle and ambitious - poems we have. This module is devoted to exploration of the Aeneid and to its medieval reception. The first half of the module looks at Virgil's poem in relation to its literary models, particularly in Homer's great epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey, within its own Roman (Augustan) context, and in its formal complexity. The second attends to the medieval reception of the Aeneid: the accommodation of its challenging pagan difference and the co-option of its remarkable cultural authority within new religious, political, and literary contexts. We explore Dante's response to Virgil's poem in the Divine Comedy alongside those of Augustine and Chaucer; we read medieval Romance reworkings of Virgil's classical epic; and we consider the variety of ways in which medieval writers looked to continue the Aeneid in their own distinctive 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

This module begins by introducing you to the central mythic drama of Christianity: in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, and 'fell' from perfection; to save humankind, God had to turn his own son into a mortal man and let him be crucified. This story raises the most profound questions about the origins of evil, free will, redemption, and the nature of God. This module's seminars unfold through intensive close-reading of a series of early-modern literary masterpieces (works from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries) which were shaped by these questions, culminating in an in-depth study over five weeks of the major late poetry of John Milton: Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes. Before reaching Milton, we read major works by authors such as John Donne and Edmund Spenser, and we also pay close attention to writing by women, especially that of Lucy Hutchinson (1620-1681), who wrote her own poetic account of the Fall at the same time as John Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Summative assessment takes the form of a 5000-word project (to be submitted after Christmas) in which you will explore the module's central questions by tackling at least two of the texts we've studied. You will be given formative questions every week (and writing exercises in some weeks) to help structure your learning. The module assumes no knowledge of religion or of early-modern literature, although it should certainly be of interest to those who have taken the second-year 'Seventeenth-Century Writing' module. THIS MODULE FULFILS THE PRE-1789 REQUIREMENT.

LDCL6134A

30

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ADOPTING/ ADAPTING/ UPDATING

Is all creative writing a form of re-writing? From Virgil's imperialist taming of Homer, via Jean Rhys's postcolonial 'prequel' to Jane Eyre, to Helen Fielding's homage to Jane Austen by way of 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 homage, parody, borrowing, repositioning, intervention and creative (mis)reading may be practised 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 (for example) indebtedness, anxiety, irreverence or 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 directions in creative writing.

LDCL6140B

30

ALIENS, OUTSIDERS, AND EXPATS:WRITING AMERICA OUTSIDE IN

The Module engages contemporary writing by expatriates and outsiders in the United States. Considering novels by expatriate writers from Australia, Britain, India, and Nigeria alongside writing by authors from states and protectorates beyond the bounds of the continental United States (Guam, Hawaii, Samoa), this module considers how such writing has imagined key American events, eras, and cultural practices from "the outside in." Authors may include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Peter Carey, Sia Figiel, Brandy Nalani McDougal, Craig Santos Perez, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, and Kirsten Tranter among others.

AMAL6049A

30

AMERICAN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

This module aims to introduce students to the fascinatingly wide and diverse area of American autobiography. It takes a broadly chronological structure in order to introduce key narratives and writers in the history of American autobiography, and will also enable students to engage with important theoretical debates influencing how we might understand autobiography - debates which can perhaps best be described as attempting to determine what is at stake in writing, reading and defining the autobiographical 'I'. Questions to be explored will include: What do we mean by autobiography? Why is it so difficult to define autobiography? What is 'American' about autobiography?

AMAL6007A

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

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 Dickens with a broader engagement with theories of realism.

LDCL6136A

30

CHAUCER

This module explores the rich and complex writings of Geoffrey Chaucer which we read in relation to their social and cultural contexts (literary, political, theological, philosophical). The module is structured in three parts: after an introduction via a selection of Chaucer's shorter poems and one of his dream visions (the "Prologue" to The Legend of Good Women), we spend four weeks concentrating on Troilus and Criseyde (in my opinion Chaucer's very greatest work) and then another four on the riches of the Canterbury Tales. We approach Chaucer's writing in a number of complementary ways. We attend to the brilliance of Chaucer's poetry formally by considering his use of literary and generic convention; we approach his writing comparatively by looking at Chaucer's engagement with classical (Ovid, Boethius, the traditional stories of Troy) and older French and Italian writing (Dante and Boccaccio); we consider the ways in which Chaucer's writing records and responds to the historical circumstances of late-fourteenth-century England (particularly in the royal court and within London); and we look at the manner in which Chaucer's works were written and read ('published' and circulated) within a medieval manuscript culture and at the implications this has for an understanding of his work. For we might propose that the aim of this module is essentially twofold: to explore together some superlative Chaucerian poetry and, at the same time, to allow you to develop further as medievalists and Chaucerians, encountering the distinctive challenges and possibilities that come with working with this material.

LDCL6053A

30

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

This module offers students the chance to learn about children's literature and its development. It starts with the history of children's literature, looking at its use as a pedagogical tool, moving through Aesop's fables, fairy tales, Mother Goose, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and examining other authors who may include A.A. Milne, Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, Sherman Alexie and Patrick Ness, amongst others. The course looks at issues of genre and content as well as historical context. Theoretical readings on children's literature are also closely engaged with, possibly including work by Perry Nodelman, Jack Zipes. Maria Nikolajeva, and others. By studying the development of children's literature, this module also analyses the development of the concept of childhood in Western society. This module also includes presentations and a writing workshop.

LDCL6038A

30

COMICS: AN AMERICAN ART

This module introduces students to the American art of comics, comic strips, and graphic novels. Tracing the form's development from its inception in the popular newspapers of the end of the 19th century through the birth of the comic book, the underground comix revolution of the counterculture years, the birth of the graphic novel, and the current boom in autobiographical comics by women, the course will give students a broad understanding of the many cultural and formal issues surrounding the form.

AMAL6048A

30

CONTEMPORARY DRAMA AND FILM

This module will examine emergent voices and trends in recent theatre, film and television (mainly British but with some American or European contributions). Issues covered include the (questioned) demise of explicitly political drama and the appearance of previously silenced voices (e.g. gay and lesbian themes, feminist playwrights and writing ethnicity, physical theatre practitioners).

LDCD6103B

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

EXPLODED FORMS: POST WORLD WAR II AMERICAN FICTION

America post World War II is marked by great optimism and conversely an extreme sense of foreboding over the absurd conditions of life. Picking up the threads of the transatlantic discussions between continental philosophy and American fiction making, this module explores the connection between American society, literature and experimentation in the decades immediately following World War II. Authors studied may include, Joseph Heller, Saul Bellow, James Baldwin, Kurt Vonnegut, Ishmael Reed, Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, Hunter S Thompson, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Robert Coover for example.

AMAL6050B

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 continuing 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 Margaret Atwood, Henrik Ibsen, Angela Carter, Jean Rhys, Jeanette Winterson, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf, Ali Smith, Beyonce and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Students will study the ways in which feminist criticism and theory (including Kristeva, Cixous, bell hooks, Haraway and Butler) 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 opportunity 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 that a knowledge of German, while always welcome, is not a requirement.

LDCL6148A

30

GENDER IN AMERICAN CULTURE

The Statue of Liberty is emblematic of the democratic ideals espoused since the American Revolution. Yet, the feminine figure that stands aloft in the New York skyline is also symbolic of discourses of gender: the ideals and expectations shaping men and women's lives as gendered beings. This module will consider how traditional discourses of gender have shaped the identity of Americans and the American nation. Focusing on a wide variety of case studies including debates around the body, citizenship, representations of gender in iconographical form and visual culture, in addition to reflecting on gendered rhetoric in the political arena, the workplace, and institutions such as the military, the module will consider how particular ideals of gender have been articulated in various contexts and how this has informed wider discourses central to the American nation.

AMAS6032B

30

GHOSTS, HAUNTING AND SPECTRALITY

From Defoe's True Relation of Mrs Veal's posthumous visit to her friend Mrs Bargrave through the classic English ghost stories of MR James to the ghosts in the machine of modern media, the ghost, shade, revenant or spectre continues to haunt human imagination. Subtle shadings of the spectre materialise at different times, in different contexts - materialised reminder of unquiet remains; manifestation of memory or the unconscious; physiological disturbance; psychical stain. These undecidable and ambivalent presences, or uncanny sensations of hauntedness, will be explored in this module. Writers studied on the module might include Daniel Defoe, M.R. James, Henry James, Margaret Oliphant, May Sinclair and Susan Hill. The module will draw on studies mapping the development of the belief in ghosts (Sasha Handley's Visions of an Unseen World) and exploring the cultural history (Andrew Smith's The Ghost Story 1840 - 1920). It will also consider critical engagements, such as Jacques Derrida's Specters of Marx and Jodey Castricano's Cryptomimesis.

LDCL6160A

30

GO WEST! HISTORIES AND CULTURES OF THE AMERICAN WEST

The American West occupies both a geographical and social place within US history along with a place in the mythic ideals of America. From the of the law of gunfighter to the promise of the Californian gold-rush to the gay pastoral of Brokeback Mountain, the West has proved to be a site of often violent transformation and liberation. This module will explore the West as both history and myth. As an interdisciplinary module on the West, study may include historical narratives, popular literature, song, comic-books and film.

AMAS6055B

30

LATIN AMERICAN NARRATIVES

While the term 'narrativa' 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 have 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's 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, Valeria Luiselli, amongst others.

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, Ali Smith, Shakespeare and Joyce. Through wide-ranging seminar discussions, 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, and also to think about how deconstruction might give us ways to think about what is taking place in the world and - sometimes - in our own lives too. The module is open to everyone, but may be of particular interest to those who studied critical or cultural theory in the second year. The second assignment will permit you to experiment with the form of your own critical and theoretical writing.

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 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 through creative and critical exercises, including examples from Middle English Arthurian manuscripts, 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 horror 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 the 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

MINOR LITERATURES: RESISTANCE, RADICALISATION AND READING

This module explores writing as a site of resistance and protest and considers representation itself as inherently political. Does this make the work of a reader radical, or how can that work be radicalised? Taking a lead from the thinking of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari the module will ask what does it mean to write or speak a dominant language in such a way that it stutters or stammers? What would such writing or speaking look or sound like? Deleuze and Guattari suggest that minor literature (minoritarian form in general) takes a dominant, hegemonic, major language and force it to 'say' something different, and to do so differently, dislocating (deterritorialising) it so that a new voice (speaking from a new constituency) can be heard. They use the works of Kafka, a Czech Jew writing in 'official' German, as a representative example of how a dominant, major language can be pressed into the service of a minor literature, as a way of inscribing new constituencies, while other critics have considered sub-cultures' re-appropriation of language, post-colonial writing back, musical subgenres and alternative/underground cinema as also being iterations of minoritarian impulses. This module explores various aspects of writing or speaking back, writing against the grain, saying the things major language finds itself unable or uncomfortable to speak about, and articulating the unheard. Writers and texts might include Kathy Acker, William Burroughs, Elias Khoury, Dana Spiotta, Jennifer Egan, along with punk 'zines, samizdat writing and manifestoes.

LDCL6146A

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.

AMAS6027A

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

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 and a half 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 Iraq and Syria; 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 serves to highlight the historical divisions and crises of American society and underscores that contemporary America is in crisis geopolitically, economically, democratically, environmentally, and culturally. This module seeks to engage with these areas of crisis and examine a variety of cultural responses to the America of the millennium. Through a variety of cultural texts, from literature, film and documentary, political speeches and letters, to historical texts and pop culture, this module examines the ways in which these crises have been culturally and politically constructed and given particular sets of meaning.

AMAS6052B

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 various 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 catastrophe, 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

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, David Levithan, Maggie Nelson, and Sarah Waters. Authors of theoretical texts looked at may include Beatriz Preciado, 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, as well as analysing current events. This module also includes presentations and a writing workshop.

LDCL6033B

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, journalism, and television 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, Persius, Swift and Pope; John Dryden, Evelyn Waugh, and Malcolm Bradbury. Television examples will include Brass Eye and The Thick of It. This module offers the opportunity for one or more of the assessments to be 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

Stop, Look, Listen is devoted to the theory and practice of description: its history, its forms and its possibilities. This perhaps makes it sound a little dull - description is felt by some to be a rather dubious activity, the reasons for which we'll consider - but the module sets out to suggest otherwise through the collaborative reading of a set of brilliantly attentive texts. Our reference point will be the Journals (2006) 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, and trace the aesthetic and philosophical influences that establish a poetics, and an ethics, of descriptive attention. These include the ancient rhetorical figure of ekphrasis, evident in Homer and Virgil, along with traditions of nature writing (Hopkins; Richard Jefferies; Nan Shepherd) and art criticism (Ruskin; Pater; Adrian Stokes). We'll spend time reading and thinking about the theory and practice of description in the novel and in poetry, and consider some of the theoretical aspects of the act and art of describing. The module is intended for both literature and creative writing students, especially those with an interest in visual art, aesthetics and nature writing. It will offer 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 produce 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' (1915) to the wartime contexts of his final major poem, Four Quartets (1943). 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, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, J.H. Prynne, Lynette Roberts, Rosemary Tonks) and America (John Ashbery, John Berryman, Peter Gizzi, Jorie Graham, Susan Howe, Sylvia Plath). The final project will be a 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 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 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 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; Psyche, 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 BUSINESS OF BOOKS

The emergence of a market driven booktrade at the end of the seventeenth century is understood by cultural historians, literary critics, and historians of the book as a major contributing factor in broader kinds of literary, social, and cultural change. The newly commercial booktrade challenged traditional notions of authorship; gave rise to modern concepts of copyright and intellectual property; and forged new kinds of correspondence between books and an emergent reading public. This module takes a closer look at the workings of the late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century booktrade, under three interconnected headings: bookselling (key publishers such as Bernard Lintott, Jacob Tonson, and Edmund Curll, alongside 'trade' publishers such as Morphew and Roberts); writers and writing (Delarivier Manley, Elizabeth Rowe, Mary Wortley Montague, John Dryden, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe, and more obscure 'hack' writers); and reading (kinds of circulation, from the manuscript, to subscription publication, to the lending library). Questions central to the module will include: what kinds of mechanisms, processes and negotiations turn a writer's work into a marketable commodity? How do the social and economic conditions of writing (how, when, what for) affect the kinds of work writers produce? And what kind of impact might printed works, and print technologies have on the activity of reading, and on how subjects conceive of their relationship to the wider world? There are no pre-requisites for this module, although it will be of interest to those who have studied Eighteenth-Century Writing in the second year. THIS MODULE FULFILS THE PRE-1789 REQUIREMENT.

LDCL6127B

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 encounter writers from formerly colonised nations in Africa and Asia, from Central and Eastern Europe, and South America.

LDCL6097A

30

THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY NOVEL

In the eighteenth-century the novel was in a state of flux, with writers experimenting with different possibilities for writing extended fictional narratives. In this module we will be reading three of the most important novels of the eighteenth-century over several weeks so that we can attend to them closely as they unfold in time. Our novels are Samuel Richardson's Clarissa, Henry Fielding's Tom Jones, and Frances Burney's Evelina. Our secondary readings will engage the central debates happening in novel studies today. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with ways of working with texts beyond close reading and draw on the methodologies of book history and of the digital humanities. This module fulfils the pre-1789 requirement.

LDCL6144A

30

THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE: TRANSLATING LOVE, DEATH AND ADVENTURE

For something to be reborn it must first die. The Italian Renaissance ('rebirth') sought to disinter the past in order to reanimate the present, but in order to do so the present had to come to terms with its loss - as Petrarch asked, 'who can doubt that Rome would rise again instantly if she began to know herself?'. How can we best understand this process of loss and reanimation? How did Renaissance writers understand it, and how did they bridge the gulf between death and rebirth? And can we do the same? In order to answer these questions this module examines the twin practices of imitation and translation in English responses to some of the most exciting and influential texts of the Italian Renaissance. It does so in two ways: through a sustained analysis of those practices in their diverse forms and genres (sonnets, epic, dialogue, drama), and by imitating the process of creative imitation ourselves. In other words, we step into the shoes of the Renaissance imitator. The module allows us to understand how Italian poets such as Dante, Petrarch and Ariosto responded to the classical past (and each other), and how English poets and playwrights such as Wyatt, Spenser, Shakespeare and Jonson responded to Italian models. By imitating the imitators - for example by writing sonnets - we gain a deeper understanding of how imitation is both a creative practice and a critical process, both a reading and a rewriting. Students are not expected or required to know any Italian in advance. THIS MODULE FULFILS THE PRE-1789 REQUIREMENT.

LDCL6124B

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, Sylvia Plath, John Ashbery and some surrealist writers. We will also conduct our own games with the dictionary and with contemporary discourse. 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. There will be opportunities for creative writing of nonsense and creative writers are encouraged to take the module. 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

TRAVEL LITERATURE

The eighteenth-century reading public eagerly devoured narratives of travels around the world. In this course we will survey the diverse range of travel literature this century produced. We will read accounts of actual and fictional travels, as well as narratives that fall somewhere between the real and the imaginary. Key questions for us will be how travellers' identities and ideas are reshaped through the experience of journeying, 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, Mary Wortley Montagu's Letters from Turkey, Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, and Janet Schaw's Journal of a Lady of Quality. THIS MODULE FULFILS THE PRE-1789 REQUIREMENT.

LDCL6108B

30

URBAN VISIONS: THE CITY IN LITERATURE AND VISUAL CULTURE

This interdisciplinary module explores the idea and representation of 'the city' through a range of writings (fiction, poetry, essays, theory), visual (painting, photography, film) and occasionally other sensory material (sound, smell), spanning from the mid-19th to the 21st century and focused on two great capitals of modernity, Paris and London. In this period, the growth of the great European cities created a new and diverse set of environments and possibilities. Utopias, dystopias, sites of ruin and construction of all kinds; what different, contradictory or coherent versions of urban experience do these texts and images offer? What kinds of writing, art, discourses and attitudes do cities seem to generate? Was modernism 'an art of cities'? How do textual and pictorial techniques intersect, for example, in the case of Impressionist art and writing, Surrealism and Situationist provocations, or street art and photography? In the company of the flaneur (or flaneuse?), the detective and other urban wanderers, we'll explore aspects such as space, place, urban being and time, love and eroticism, hauntings, memory and the presence of the past, the individual and the crowd, the role of consumer capitalism, nature and the natural, psychogeography, and the pressures, preoccupations and thrills peculiar to urban living. Writers to be studied vary and may include Balzac, Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Baudelaire, Zola, Gissing, Conan Doyle, Andre Breton, Virginia Woolf, Maureen Duffy, Iain Sinclair, Peter Ackroyd, Zadie Smith and China Mieville alongside a selection of theorists, poets, artists and photographers and a selection of city films. Assessment is individually designed and there is scope to work in both critical and creative-critical modes, and to incorporate visual material.

LDCL6138A

30

VIRGIL'S CLASSIC EPIC

After the Bible, the Aeneid is probably the single most important and influential work in the Western cultural tradition. For T. S. Eliot, it is the "classic of all Europe." It is also one of the most extraordinary - moving, complex, formally and philosophically subtle and ambitious - poems we have. This module is devoted to exploration of the Aeneid and to its medieval reception. The first half of the module looks at Virgil's poem in relation to its literary models, particularly in Homer's great epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey, within its own Roman (Augustan) context, and in its formal complexity. The second attends to the medieval reception of the Aeneid: the accommodation of its challenging pagan difference and the co-option of its remarkable cultural authority within new religious, political, and literary contexts. We explore Dante's response to Virgil's poem in the Divine Comedy alongside those of Augustine and Chaucer; we read medieval Romance reworkings of Virgil's classical epic; and we consider the variety of ways in which medieval writers looked to continue the Aeneid in their own distinctive 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

This module begins by introducing you to the central mythic drama of Christianity: in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, and 'fell' from perfection; to save humankind, God had to turn his own son into a mortal man and let him be crucified. This story raises the most profound questions about the origins of evil, free will, redemption, and the nature of God. This module's seminars unfold through intensive close-reading of a series of early-modern literary masterpieces (works from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries) which were shaped by these questions, culminating in an in-depth study over five weeks of the major late poetry of John Milton: Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes. Before reaching Milton, we read major works by authors such as John Donne and Edmund Spenser, and we also pay close attention to writing by women, especially that of Lucy Hutchinson (1620-1681), who wrote her own poetic account of the Fall at the same time as John Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Summative assessment takes the form of a 5000-word project (to be submitted after Christmas) in which you will explore the module's central questions by tackling at least two of the texts we've studied. You will be given formative questions every week (and writing exercises in some weeks) to help structure your learning. The module assumes no knowledge of religion or of early-modern literature, although it should certainly be of interest to those who have taken the second-year 'Seventeenth-Century Writing' module. THIS MODULE FULFILS THE PRE-1789 REQUIREMENT.

LDCL6134A

30

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.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB including English Literature or the combined English Language and Literature
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including 5 in HL English
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including English
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB including English Literature or 4 subjects at H1, 2 at H2 including English Literature
  • Access Course An ARTS/Humanities/Social Science pathway preferred. Pass with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 including modules in English Literautre and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDD alongside a GCE A-Level or equivalent in English Literature
  • European Baccalaureate 80% including 70% in English

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

A GCE A-level in English Literature is required.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

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 and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe 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 to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

  • A Level AAB including English Literature (or the combined English Language & Literature A-level)
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including 5 in Higher Level English. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Highers Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including English. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
  • Access Course Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 including English Literature modules and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3. Humanities or Social Sciences pathway preferred. Other pathways are acceptable, please contact the University directly for further information.
  • BTEC DDM accepted alongside Grade B in English Literature A-level (or equivalent). BTEC Public Services is not accepted.

Entry Requirement

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.
 

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 speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

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 welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please email admissions@uea.ac.uk

 

GCSE Offer

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade C.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

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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. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

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 Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
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.

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