BA History of Art and Literature

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Students work in unrivalled proximity to major, internationally-renowned works of art, by artists such as Francis Bacon, Edgar Degas, Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso. Our students are able to study a wider range of artistic cultures, periods and forms than in any other art history department in the UK.

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Jennifer Smith, BA History of Art with Museum and Gallery Studies

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Key facts

(2017 Guardian University Guide)

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The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia has a long-established international reputation in literary studies. World famous for our pioneering courses in creative writing, we are also home to prize-winning scholars and translators of literature and drama from all periods.

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"The Sainsbury's Centre for Visual Arts is an indepensable resource for the course as it was pupose-built for the housing and teaching of Art"

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Jack Sheperdson, BA History of Art

Engage with great works of art and literature simultaneously, in a course which combines the study of images with the analysis of words and which will give you the knowledge and skills needed to fully understand both.

This invigorating degree programme benefits from the Faculty's internationally-renowned expertise in Art History and World Art Studies and Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. Close reading of literary texts is combined with first-hand study of art, allowing you to gain in-depth knowledge of these two central forms of human expression and develop strong skills of visual and verbal analysis.

You will study art history and literature in parallel, taking modules in both disciplines throughout your degree with opportunities to study works of art first-hand on trips to London and overseas. You will also have the opportunity to study art’s profound relationship with literature and vice versa, through optional modules and your final-year dissertation.

Overview

Course Detail

This degree gives you the opportunity to combine the study of images with the analysis of words, providing you with the historical knowledge and intellectual skills needed to understand both at an advanced level.

Invigorating and challenging, this degree programme benefits from the Faculty's combined expertise in Art History and World Art Studies and Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. Intense reading of literary texts is combined with close, first-hand study of art and architecture, allowing you to expand your knowledge of these two central forms of human culture and develop you capacity for visual and verbal analysis.

You will explore the two disciplines in parallel, taking modules provided by both areas of study throughout your degree. Because of our flexible approach, you have the opportunity to focus on a particular discipline during the second and third year if you wish. Moreover, seminar modules offered will help you to understand the changing relationship between art and literature.

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. 

Assessment

Key skills, issues and ideas are introduced in lectures given by all members of faculty, including art historians, anthropologists and archaeologists. More specialist study is undertaken in small group seminars.

In most subject areas, you will be 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.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

FORM AND FUNCTION

Most works of art, whether objects, buildings, or performances, are designed to serve a set of purposes. The interrelationship of their forms and their functions may be straightforward and practical, or complex and elusive. Drawing on a range of case studies presented by ART staff, this lecture module examines the connections between the uses, meanings and appearances of art. We will also consider how form and function may change over time, especially in the context of cross-cultural contact.

AMAA4004B

20

INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY

This module provides an introduction to the academic study of art history by looking at how writers primarily in the European tradition have sought to analyse, record and evaluate works of art. We will examine texts from ancient Rome to the 20th century, and consider how accounts of artists' lives, descriptions of art works and attempts to trace a historical development of art have all informed the way that art historians think about their subject. In this seminar, we will also consider the problems of relating texts to visual art and ask what themes are relevant to art historians today.

AMAA4001A

20

LEARNING ON SITE: THE SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS

This module helps equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to study objects from around the world, from prehistory to the present day. Drawing on the collections of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and of the Castle Museum and Art Gallery, as well as the architecture of Norwich, we will explore the ways in which materials, contexts and histories affect how objects have been made and used. Through readings, discussions and object handling, we challenge assumptions and preconceptions about different kinds of art. In the process, students develop their abilities in library research, academic writing and referencing, and oral presentations.

AMAA4007A

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

PORTRAITURE AND IDENTITY

Introducing students to portraiture as it has been practiced by visual artists working in the European tradition between the Middle Ages and the present day, this module considers issues such as 'likeness'; the face; the self-portrait; portraiture as the embodiment of political, social and aesthetic power; the ways in which portraiture has variously reinforced and challenged concepts of class, race and gender; the photographic portrait, and the role of portraiture in contemporary art and culture. We will analyse the works of art alongside histories and concepts of the individual self, perhaps the supreme artefact of all.

AMAA4025B

20

Students must study the following modules for 20 credits:

Name Code Credits

ART IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

This module addresses contemporary issues in the production and display of art. It explores the status of contemporary art in relation to globalisation but also examines the problems confronting critics, curators and scholars today when they engage with the art of different regions and of all periods, from prehistory to the present.

AMAA5090B

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

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

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

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

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ACTION / ABSTRACTION: ART AFTER 1945

This module explores the rich history of art made after 1945, with a particular emphasis upon the problem of the relationship between the idea of art's autonomy and claims for its capacity to engage directly with social and political conditions. The course provides an introduction to key tendencies in art and a wide variety of artistic media made since 1945, with a (non-exclusive) focus upon Europe and North America.

AMAA5101A

20

CONTEMPORARY GALLERY AND MUSEUM STUDIES

This module examines how contemporary artists have explored the way in which contemporary galleries and museums function. Since the 1960s artists have adopted the museum as both subject and medium in their artworks. These seminars will examine how such projects impact on our idea of what galleries and museums are, how they operate, and what role they have in public life today. Throughout, key ideas regarding aesthetics, politics, memory, and audience participation will be approached by way of specific artworks and exhibitions. These sessions will be supplemented by workshops exploring art criticism, as well as a study trip to London.

AMAA5102A

20

INDIGENOUS ARTS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

This module begins by analysing what is meant by Indigenous arts and peoples. In particular, we shall consider the link between the anthropology of art and Indigenous identity. The module continues by examining issues related to the interpretation of indigenous arts in wide-ranging geographic and cultural contexts from North America, to India and Australia. It then questions Indigenous peoples' engagement with notions of ethnicity and heritage, as well as the formation of an 'Indigenous media' through film-making. The module aims to foster an inter-disciplinary approach.

AMAA5105A

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN ART AND AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY 1900-1950

This module examines the relations between art and photography in the United States in the first half of the 20th century. The central debate in American modernism has concerned the role of the medium and considering photography in relation to the other visual arts permits a reassessment of this debate. Artists and photographers examined include Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Marcel Duchamp, Diego Rivera and Walker Evans.

AMAA5103A

20

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN ART

For centuries, the art of ancient Egypt has been admired and vilified, collected and displayed, and used as a source of inspiration, from The Magic Flute to the Harlem Renaissance to the Arab Spring. In this module, we will explore a number of themes in the history of ancient Egyptian art. These may include the historiography of Egyptian art (where it fits into the study of aesthetics, art history, and archaeology, for instance); the role of artists, materials, and technologies in ancient Egypt; art and religious ritual, including mummification; art and social structure; and the impact of Egyptian art in the European Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the age of colonial and imperial expansion, and up to the present day. Students will have the opportunity to develop a topic that interests them, through independent research, class presentations, and written coursework. As a class, we will consider local collections of Egyptian art and, if resources permit, visit collections outside Norfolk as well.

AMAA5015A

20

MEDIEVAL BODIES

Born, bathed, dressed, worshipped, sexed, cut, bruised, ripped, split, buried. The human body and its changing actions and reactions offer historians a gateway onto understanding the cultures of the past. This course will examine several groups of objects from the visual culture of medieval Europe and the Middle East through this contemporary theoretical lens, building up a body of medieval artistic practice piece by bodily piece, examining how the aesthetics, techniques, and society of the medieval craftsman evoked, idolised, and distorted its forms.

AMAA5086A

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

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 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 (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

CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY (SPR)

Exclusive to ELCW students (and for other students who have achieved 68+ (or equivalent for Visiting Students) in a previous Creative Writing module). All other students should enrol on LDCC5005A/LDCC5004B: Creative Writing: Introduction. This module enables students to test the range of their abilities as writers of poetry. The first half of the seminar will be exploratory and practical, using structured exercises and handouts to consider such issues as voice, persona, sound, imagery, metaphor, structure and form. In the second half the emphasis will shift to constructive group discussion of students' own work. Aims: The aim of this module is to develop students' expressive and technical skills in writing poetry and to improve students' abilities as editors and critics of their own and other people's work.

LDCC5007B

20

CREATIVE WRITING: PROSE FICTION (SPR)

Exclusive to ELCW students (and for other students who have achieved 68+ (or equivalent for Visiting Students) in a previous Creative Writing module). All other students should enrol on LDCC5005A/LDCC5004B: Creative Writing: Introduction. This module enables students to test their abilities and potential as writers of prose fiction. The first half of the seminar will be exploratory and practical, using structured exercises and handouts to consider such issues as character, genre, voice, dialogue and point of view. In the second half the emphasis will shift to constructive group discussion of students' own work. The aim of this module is to develop students' expressive and technical skills in writing prose fiction and to improve students' abilities as editors and critics of their own and other people's work.

LDCC5006B

20

CREATIVE WRITING: SCRIPTWRITING (SPR)

WW84 STUDENTS TAKE THIS MODULE AND THE AUTUMN MODULE (LDCC5002A) AS COMPULSORY MODULES. STUDENTS ON OTHER PROGRAMMES MAY TAKE EITHER THE AUTUMN MODULE OR THE SPRING MODULE, BUT NOT BOTH. This module develops students' abilities to create and understand dramatic texts. Methods include structured exercises in writing drama and the exploration and analysis of a range of plays. Students may specialise in writing for stage/radio or film/TV.

LDCC5008B

20

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

POLITICAL THEATRE

This module examines the use of theatre and performance - by the State, by oppositional groups, by political activists and by theatre and performance practitioners - to solidify or challenge structures of power. The course looks at specific examples of how theatre and public spectacles have been used in the twentieth century to control or contest the political stage. Examining American, South America, African, Russian, and Eastern European performance in the twentieth century, this class will document and explore through specific performances, videos, dramatic texts and theoretical essays, how performance in theory and practice can be used to explore issues to race, ethnicity, gender, political upheaval and social change within a society.

LDCD5025B

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

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 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 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

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

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 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

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

RENAISSANCE RECONSIDERED

Fourteenth and fifteenth-century Italy was shaped by the growth of urban centres and the development of new political, social, and sacred institutions. New patrons and uses for artworks prompted a wealth of artistic activity that responded to and also forged contemporary values, beliefs and identities. Bankers, merchants, mercenaries, and religious institutions exploited the power of art and architecture to promote their professional interests, ambitions, and families. Focusing on spaces (palaces, churches, city squares) and bodies (princely, female, sacred, dead). Reconsidering the Renaissance explores evolving forms and functions of painting, sculpture and architecture made by a range of artists. We will also consider exchanges and cultural links between the centres on the Italian peninsula and an expanding image of the world.

AMAA5097B

20

THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF ANDEAN ART AND MUSIC

This module is an anthropological approach to the arts and music of Amazonia and Andean Indigenous peoples. The subjects will be discussed through key Amerindian themes with a special focus on cosmology, shamanism, ritual, animal symbolism, and cultural identity. In many Amerindian societies, ritual itself is a major artwork combining music, dance, body art and artefacts into an integrated oeuvre. We will read anthropological texts and watch ethnographic films to analyse the relationships between ritual and music and its socio-cosmological meanings. Documentary film will also be covered as an important and innovative art among Native South Americans, with a special focus on the Kuikuro Indians of Southeastern Amazonia.

AMAA5106B

20

Students must study the following modules for 30 credits:

Name Code Credits

DISSERTATION

ART students on this module undertake a research project on a topic related to their specialised interests, in consultation with an appropriate member of ART Faculty, leading to a 9,000 word dissertation.

AMAA6112B

30

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

PUBLIC ART, PERFORMANCE AND MEMORY

Public art and performances are often staged to commemorate historical events. Monuments and commemorations are meant to make us remember the First World War, the Holocaust, the Slave Trade and Colonialism. This module examines why and how nations and communities commemorate the past and the discussions that has generated about memory, memorials and commemorative art. Central to the module is the question how memorial art makes us remember? And, indeed, whether there are alternative ways of remembering in painting, performance or popular music? The module will consider case studies from across the world.

AMAA6135A

30

THE GOTHIC EYE

The way in which we encounter medieval artworks today is radically different from the time of their creation: an altarpiece is dismembered and hung on a gallery wall, an ivory comb is enclosed within a display case, a manuscript stored in a museum. Even when artworks survive in their original locations, the function and appearance of these buildings has often changed significantly. What affects the ways in which we see these works now, and how were they seen when they were first created hundreds of years ago? This course explores different methods of reconstructing the changing appearance of medieval art and the changing experiences of viewing that art. We will examine the medieval understanding of the physiology of sight, the connection between sight and memory, and the relationship between corporeal and spiritual vision. This is complemented by an analysis of the different methodological approaches used by art historians to reconstruct the experiences of past viewers, from Baxandall's 'period eye' to Kemp's 'implicit beholder'. The final seminars consider new forms of vision, examining the reproduction of medieval artworks through photography, film and digital technologies.

AMAA6134A

30

TURNER: ART, THE ARTIST AND THE ART WORLD IN BRITAIN, 1800-1850

This module will consider the range of artworks produced by Joseph Mallord William Turner, within the context of the world in which he worked. It has long been recognised that those artworks amount to one of the crowning achievements (Turner would probably have preferred 'the crowning achievement') in the history of British art. Some of his contemporaries would see Turner's work in similar terms, describing him as an 'Old Master' even within his own lifetime, in a process of apotheosis which Turner fuelled by buying back his own paintings and then loudly leaving them to the nation. For much of the period since his death in 1851, this has remained the dominant vision of Turner: an isolated and untouchable 'genius' whose works transcend history and full interpretation. Recently however, art historians have started to think again about Turner and the real character of his achievement, situating both within the emergent modern art world of early nineteenth-century Britain. . This module will introduce students to this body of scholarship through a close analysis of Turner's own works - paintings, drawings and prints; landscapes, seascapes and historical/mythological images - read alongside set texts (including both primary sources and recent secondary literature), and within their artistic and historical contexts. We will look closely at a wide range of Turner's output and consider its interpretation, not only by ourselves but also by contemporary commentators including John Ruskin.

AMAA6133A

30

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ALTERNATIVE MODERNISMS

This module is about the role of modern art in the making of India's national identity. It addresses probing questions, notably 'When was Modernism in Indian Art?' Since the beginning of the 20th century, artists and other cultural producers in India, such as film-makers, educationalists and anthropologists, sought to dismantle the colonial concepts that once framed their histories and identities. The module explores how artists such as Nandalal Bose, Ramkinkar Baij and Rabindranath Tagore established cultural exchanges with diverse national and international communities in the early- to mid-twentieth century. It considers the many new artistic and cultural formations that emerged via the Bengal School and related movements, raising important questions concerning the meaning of the relationships between the local and the national, the future and the past, and the visual and the spatial. Including debates on issues as diverse as identity/difference, visual display, internationalism, cultural heritage, and the politics of representation, the module is of potential interests to students in HUM (notably ART) including those with a specific interest in art history, anthropology and museum studies.

AMAA6131A

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

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

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 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

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

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

MODERNISM AND GENDER: FRANCE AND GERMANY 1900-1939

This module addresses modernism in the first part of the twentieth century. It explores the work of male and female artists and also considers how gender structures representation and art practice. The module provides an opportunity to reconsider key works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Suzanne Valadon, Hannah Hoch and Claude Cahun, amongst others.

AMAA6128A

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

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 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 PREMODERN CARTOGRAPHIC IMAGINATION

Maps help us to conceive of abstract concepts in tangible visual form. Be it geographical notions of the globe and the heavens, or more complex outlines of the body, the mind, time, even history, a map helps to bound and give features to otherwise inexplicable space and knowledge. This course uses these cartographic ideas as a starting point for understanding the visual, intellectual, and imaginative cultures of premodern Europe and the Middle East.

AMAA6121A

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

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

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 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

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

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

GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS PRACTICE

This module explores a variety of practical and conceptual considerations in Gallery and Museum Studies by focusing on specific aspects of these institutional structures: from building and housing collections, to curating shows, producing exhibition texts, and writing art criticism. We will make use of the extraordinary resource of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, exploring its operational structure, permanent collection and new temporary exhibitions. We then develop our engagement with the practice of conceiving, designing and mounting exhibitions themselves, exploring both the conceptual demands of putting on a successful show as well as practical considerations in doing so: from meeting artists in the studio, to transporting works, to making funding applications. Finally we consider the role of education and interpretation in galleries and museums practice, thinking also about how texts of various sorts operate in exhibitions and collections displays, and about the practice of art criticism. Along the way we will also be hearing from members of the Sainsbury Centre staff, and the module involves a study trip to London.

AMAA6134B

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

MAKERS' MYTHS: THE PERSONA OF THE ARTIST AFTER 1945

The figure of the artist has for centuries been the object of celebration, curiosity and myth-making. Since World War II powerful narratives have developed around some of the most prominent artists: Francis Bacon's dark world of intensity, anxiety and sado-masochism; the blank stare of Andy Warhol's commercial indifference; Joseph Beuys's redemptive shamanism; Louise Bourgeois the child abused using her art to resolve inner conflicts; and Ai Weiwei the great political dissident of contemporary China. This module explores the construction of such "makers' myths" and asks: How is an artist's public persona constructed and what bearing does it have on the interpretation of specific artworks? What idea of art's social role do different personae imply? How do these roles relate to our idea of what art can or should contribute to the contemporary world?

AMAA6127B

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ABB including English Literature or the combined English Language & Literature
  • International Baccalaureate 32 Points including 5 in HL English
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB including English
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB including English Literature or 2 subjects at H1 and 4 at H2 including English Literature
  • Access Course An ARTS/Humanities/Social Science pathway preferred. Pass with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 including modules in English Literature and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDM alongside a GCE A-Level or equivalent in English Literature
  • European Baccalaureate 75% 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 or the combined English Language and 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: 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in each component)

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 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 ABB including English Literature (or the combined English Language and Literature A-level)
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points overall including 5 in HL 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 ABB including English Literature. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
  • Access Course Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 including English Literature modules and Merit in 15 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. Please click here for further information.

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.

We also welcome applications for deferred entry, 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:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

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 Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (World Art Studies and Museology)
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.

    Next Steps

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    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515