The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
English and American Literature BA (Hons)
This is a part-time, full-time single honours programme within the English Literature subject area.
- Subject area: English Literature
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: Q300
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Single
- Mode of study: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: 3 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: No
- Institution(s): University of Kent
English at Kent is challenging, flexible, and wide-ranging. It covers both only traditional areas (such as Shakespeare or Dickens) and newer fields such as American literature, creative writing, postcolonial literature and recent developments in literary theory. We also offer the opportunity for you to spend a year studying abroad in either America or Europe.
Staff in the School of English are internationally recognised for academic research which links closely with undergraduate teaching, and the School regularly hosts visits by a variety of international writers and critics. There are several published authors and poets in the School, and our students publish a magazine of creative writing, poetry and prose. A number of our students also write for InQuire, the student union's newspaper.
Stage 1Core modules
- American Literature
- Early Drama
- Readings in the 20th Century
- Romanticism and Critical Theory
- Narrative Theory and Practice (Creative Writing students only)
- Poetry Theory and Practice (Creative Writing students only)
Joint honours students must take either Romanticism and Critical Theory, Early Drama, Readings in the 20th Century or American Literature.
Drawn from modules in the Faculty of Humanities.
Single honours students take four per year and joint honours students two per year of the modules listed below.Core modules Literature
- Classic American Literature
- Contemporary Literature
- 18th-Century Literature
- Elizabethan Drama
- Jacobean Drama
- Medieval and Tudor Literature
- Modern American Literature
- 19th-Century Literature
- Postcolonial Literature
- Fiction 1
- Fiction 2
- Poetry 1
- Poetry 2
- Reading and Writing the Self/ Individual Writing Project
- American Crime Fiction
- Bodies of Evidence: Reading the Body in 18th-Century Literature
- The Book Project
- The Brontes in Context
- Charles Dickens and Victorian England
- English Long Essay
- Heroes and Exiles: An Introduction to Old English Poetry
- Image, Vision and Dream: Medieval Texts and Visual Culture
- Innovation and Experiment in New York
- John Milton
- Language and Place in Colonial and Postcolonial Poetry
- Literature and Revolution
- The Literature of Terror
- Native American Cultures: Texts and Contexts
- 19th-Century American Short Story
- Places and Journeys
- Postcolonial Long Essay
- Postcolonial Writing
- Reading and Writing the Innovative Contemporary Novel
- Reading and Writing Poetry: Form and Anti-Form
- Reading and Writing Short Fiction
- The Stranger
- 20th-Century American Short Story
- The Unknown: Reading and Writing
- Unruly Women and Other Insubordinates: The Dramatic Repertoire of the Queen's Men 1604-25
- Wrestling with Angels: Writing the Prose Poem
- Writing Lives.
Creative Writing students choose from:
- Reading and Writing Poetry
- Reading and Writing Short Fiction
- Reading and Writing the Innovative Contemporary Novel.
Teaching and assessment
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.
Throughout your studies, you learn to think critically and to work independently; your communication skills improve and you learn to express your opinions passionately and persuasively, both in writing and orally. These key transferable skills are essential for graduates as they move into the employment market.
Our graduates have gone into: journalism, broadcasting and media, publishing, writing and teaching; more general areas such as banking, marketing analysis and project management; or on to further study for postgraduate qualifications.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
For applicants taking the Kent IFP, passing with an average of 60%, including 60% in the literature module, is a requirement for entry onto the first year of these degree programmes.
AAB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points inc 5/6/6 in HL English A/A2/B or IB Diploma with 17 points at Higher inc 5/6/6 in HL English A1/A2/B.
A level English Literature or English Language and Literature grade B.
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Key Information Sets
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