In this degree programme (alongside a selection of literature modules) you take 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. You 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 are an integral 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 are taught by leading international researchers and award-winning creative writers in a location steeped in literary history.
You spend the year between second and final year studying abroad, making the degree a four-year programme. Spending a year abroad allows you to develop a different perspective on your studies and to immerse yourself in a new culture. Previous destinations include North America, Europe and Asia.
You can also study this programme as a three-year degree without a year abroad. For details, see English, American and Postcolonial Literatures.