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.English, American and Postcolonial Literatures
Modules are taught by weekly seminars. Core modules include a weekly lecture, plus individual supervision is offered for the Long Essay. Assessment at Stage 1 is by a mixture of coursework and examination. Some modules may include an optional practical element.
All modules involve lectures, small group seminars and film screenings (where relevant). Depending on the modules you select, assessment varies from 100% coursework (extended essays or dissertation), to a combination of examination and coursework.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection: