By studying these dual subject areas you will develop skills in critical thinking and discourse through close engagement with source material.
You will think about and debate specific cultures and societies in historical and contemporary periods, and be introduced to political, economic, social and cultural history alongside literary theory and criticism. Modules will encourage you to reconsider well-known topics such as the Second World War, the Russian Revolution and the rise and decline of the British Empire. Modules address periods, such as the Victorian era, the 1950s or the 21st century; genres such as poetry, short writing or Gothic literature; and, themes like madness, masculinity, adolescence, place and belonging, race in America or the crisis of contemporary capitalism.
History and English Literature is defined by its broad geographical range. Starting with Europe, there are opportunities to study topics focused on Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Russia - some lecturers also specialise in the history of the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. Moving further afield, we study the USA and its relationship with the wider world, Japan and the British Empire. We introduce you to many different sources that shed light on the histories of these nations. Alongside texts such as government records, literature, diaries and newspapers, you will have an opportunity to consider what film, music, art and architecture tells us about the lives of people in the past. There is also an option to specialise so that you can focus on those aspects of the subject that you find most rewarding.
Another distinctive feature of History and English Literature is our commitment to internationalisation, both in terms of our modules and the opportunity to study abroad with a partner institution for six months or a year. We also offer a dedicated field trip module to an overseas destination that focuses on the way in which other countries present their history in museums, monuments and other commemorative sites. The course includes fieldtrips in Liverpool, the north-west and London so there are plenty of opportunities to learn outside the lecture hall or seminar room. Students on History and English can take advantage of our lively extra-curricular activities, which include talks by visiting academics and encourages students to make the most of Liverpool's rich cultural life. This course will expand your horizons and enhance your opportunities.