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BAAmerican Literature and Creative Writing

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By combining the study of American Literature and Creative Writing, you’ll become an informed and critical reader of the American literaty tradition, as well as a confident and expressive writer – whether specialising as a poet, playwright, or author of fiction.

Studying at one of the UK’s most dynamic English departments will challenge you to develop your own critical faculties. Learning to write creatively and critically analyse in tandem, you’ll be exposed to a huge variety of literature while you develop your own writing practice.

You’ll also examine a variety of areas in American literature, including the literature of the first encounter, nineteenth-century and African-American writing, satire, New York School poetry, drama, the urban novel and writing about music and the novella.

You will be taught by internationally known scholars, authors, playwrights and poets who are specialists in their fields, producing ground-breaking written work and appearing at literary festivals around the world.

Programme structure

Year 1

Introduction to Creative Writing
Why Write? The History and Theory of Creative Writing
Re-Orienting the Novel
Thinking as a Critic
Introducing English Poetry

Year 2

Dark Reform – Scandal and Satire in American Arts
American Drama
Debates in Literary and Critical Theory
Literature of the Fin de Siècle
Modernist Fiction – James, Conrad and Ford

Year 3

The Great American Novella
Literature of Chicago
African-American Literature
Special Author Project – Dickinson
Writing Migrant Identities

Career opportunities

Taking a degree in English sets you up with great prospects for future employability. On the course itself we place a strong emphasis on your future employability, meaning that you will develop a variety of transferrable skills.

Although many of our students go on to further study in literature and other fields, skills such as research, presentation, teamwork, negotiation and communication will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States