Studying for a joint honours degree in English, American and Postcolonial Literature and Film gives you the freedom to explore your passion for film while developing skills associated with the study of literature.
English at Kent is challenging, flexible and wide-ranging. It covers both traditional areas (such as Shakespeare or Dickens) and newer fields such as American literature, creative writing and recent developments in literary theory.
In this degree programme, students take a selection of literature modules alongside modules that address the phenomenon of empire and its contemporary consequences, for example, nationhood, diaspora and migration. The material studied includes literary texts and theoretical texts as well as life-writing. Students are encouraged to consider how these texts reflect on the colonial experience and the construction of a narrative of its aftermath.
The School of English is a large and thriving department but we take great care in ensuring that it is a supportive environment in which to be a student. From the moment you arrive , you become part of a scholarly community of students, teachers and researchers and participate in a dialogue which seeks to push the boundaries of the subject into new fields of social and cultural inquiry. You will be taught by leading international researchers and award-winning creative writers in a location steeped in literary history.
Film at Kent engages with cinema’s rich scope and history, from silent classics and mainstream Hollywood to world cinema and the avant-garde. Modules cover film theory, history and practice, from the basics of form and style to topics including national cinemas, animation, cognition and emotion, fantasy and pulp film.
In 2014, the University opened a new 62-seat cinema named after the pioneering female film director Ida Lupino, which students can enjoy as part of their experience during their studies. The Lupino has state-of-the-art digital projection and sound, and has been created to provide an intimate atmosphere for film viewing.