English Literature (BA (Hons))

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

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About English Literature at University of Kent

Experience Canterbury’s rich literary heritage, while studying works from the medieval to the modern. Explore literature that provides a window into other people’s lives and takes you on journeys of self-discovery. Reasons to study English Literature at Kent Tailor your degree to your interests From Jane Austen and William Shakespeare to dystopian fiction and the gothic; from contemporary poetry and interactive storytelling, we specialise in the literatures you are passionate about.Learn from experts Our staff are industry professionals and encourage you to engage with new and inspiring work. You'll discover how literature tackles challenges such as immigration, climate change, racial inequality, and women’s rights using the power of the written word. Study literature your way Instead of exams, you might make a documentary film, script a video game, assemble a journal, compose a collection of poetry, or write a novella. Unearth hidden treasures The Canterbury Cathedral Library and our Special Collections archive containing manuscripts, historic records, photographs, maps and printed books dating back to the late 8th century. Explore Canterbury Our city is steeped in literary traditions from Chaucer to Marlowe and Dickens. In the heart of Kent, you can travel to London in under an hour by train, and beautiful beaches and historic woodlands are within easy reach from campus.  Did you know?  Our graduates include Booker Prize-shortlisted authors David Mitchell - number9dream (2001), Cloud Atlas (2004) - and Sarah Waters - Fingersmith (2002) - and Booker Prize Winner and Nobel-Prize winner for Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro - Remains of the Day (1989) What you'll study Covering British, Irish, American, Indigenous, Postcolonial and World literatures, English Literature at Kent is truly global. On this degree course you study the major forms of literature (poetry, drama and fiction), core concepts in critical theory, and writing and research skills. Your first year will give you compulsory modules that give you a broad introduction to the subject as well as a variety of optional modules from Other Worlds to Romantic Ecologies and American Power and Protest. In your second year, you will be able to tailor your degree further and choose from literary time periods from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century. Your final year project can be a dissertation, critical edition, online exhibition, mobile application, performance or a piece of creative writing. You can also take a number of specialist modules where you further explore your personal literary interests in a range of fields from The Gothic to Black Writing in North America. See the modules you'll study Do you have a passion for Creative Writing?  BA English Literature and Creative Writing is also available. Your future Your English Literature course will provide you with skills and experiences that will equip you for a career in the industry. Our graduates go on to work in journalism, broadcasting, publishing and writing, teaching, banking, marketing and project management among other professions. What our students say: “I was really drawn to the innovative approach that Kent took when setting its English Literature syllabus, you could really study anything from Graphic Novels to Shakespeare, which differed from a lot of universities that offered very stoic, traditional English Literature courses. Kent gave me a chance to change my mindset.”  – Sian Pratley, graduate and Production Controller at Penguin Random House Publishing. “I wanted to study at a campus uni and I just fell in love with Kent and the views from the hill on my first visit! As someone with disabilities, Kent also went above and beyond to make sure that I had everything I needed to complete my course… It is really all down to my time at Kent that I have been able to work in my dream job”.”  – Charlotte Faber, graduate and Senior Production Controller at Penguin Random House Publishing.

Teaching and assessment can vary between modules. All modules are taught by weekly seminars. In addition to seminars, the majority of literature modules also include a weekly lecture.

Assessment across all Stages is by a varied and exciting range of coursework only. There are no exams in modules from the School of English. Some modules may include an optional practical element. Assessment at Stage 3 may also include an optional Dissertation or final project.

Attendance at seminars is required, and for the majority of modules, you are assessed on your seminar contribution/performance. 

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