Specialisation 2: States of Literature
Study the literature of the British Isles within cultural-historical and national frameworks, and prepare yourself for Master’s programmes in the field of historical and modern literature. This specialisation is also a good basis for the teacher training Master’s programme, where you will learn to create a literature lesson plan.
The English Lyric, in Theory and Practice (EN3V18002)
Part of the States of Literature specialisation. This course examines the Lyric in English from the sixteenth century to the present day, and considers the ways and means by which this short and personal poetic form voices modern conceptions of subjectivity, of human inwardness, and of the mind’s life. The focus will be on the close reading of poems, but the course will also examine a range of theories of Lyric. Assessed work for the course will include a mix of critical and creative writing.
Irish Literature 1850-Present (EN3V17002)
Part of the States of Literature specialisation. Study Irish English literature from 1850 to the present in the context of Irish history and culture.
Cities and Countries (EN3V14202)
Part of the States of Literature specialisation. How does growing urbanisation from the sixteenth century onwards affect English literature? Read and analyse work by Shakespeare, Gay, Wordsworth, and many others.
Great Medieval Heroes (TL3V14204)
Part of the States of Literature specialisation. Study representations of English and Celtic heroes, for example, Robin Hood and Owain Glyndwr.