Course Structure

English Language and Literature

First Year (Prelims)

Introduction to English Language and Literature

Early Medieval Literature, c. 650 - 1350 (full details of Paper 2 available in WebLearn)

Literature in English 1830 - 1910 ('Victorian')

Literature in English 1910 - present day ('Modern')

Second and third year (Final Honour School) Course I

Shakespeare

Literature in English 1350 - 1550

Literature in English 1550 - 1660

Literature in English 1660 - 1760

Literature in English 1760 - 1830

Special Options. Students will choose one topic from a list of options, which will change from year to year. Recent choices have included: The American Novel after 1945, Post-War British Drama, Postcolonial Literature, Forming Literary Character, The Icelandic Saga, Writing Feminisms/Feminist Writing, Film Criticism, Tragedy, Afrofabulation, The Literary Essay, Comparative Literature. Twenty or more options will be made available in each academic year.

A dissertation in any area of English Language or Literature.

Second and third year (Final Honour School) Course II

Course II focuses on earlier literature and the history of English. You can elect at the end of your first year whether to take Course I or Course II.

Literature in English 650-1100

Medieval English and Related Literatures 1066-1550 (Current topic: Medieval Romance)

Literature in English 1350 - 1550 (shared with Course I)

The History of the English Language to c. 1800

Either: The Material Text   Or: Shakespeare (shared with Course I)

Special Options. Students will choose one topic from a list of options, which will alter on an annual basis. Choices might include: Old Norse; Medieval Welsh; Old Irish; the Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England; Medieval French. Course II students will also have the opportunity to choose option papers from any of the available Course I papers.

A dissertation in any area of English Language or Literature.

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