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English Literature and Creative and Professional Writing

UCAS Code: QW39

English Literature

When you study literature you are not just reading and thinking about great books, you are also asking questions about society’s past and future, and ultimately interrogating your own past and future.

During your time here you will be studying literature from the Renaissance to the present day, all within the vicinity of Horace Walpole’s Gothic mansion, Strawberry Hill House, which is located on our campus.

The programme has a traditional and rigorous core of compulsory modules covering: Tragedy, Critical Theory, Renaissance Literature (including Shakespeare), Romanticism and Modernism. The literary training provided ensures that you will cover the conventional ‘classics’ meticulously.

You will develop skills that will complement the unique and innovative optional units, which you can tailor to your interests and passions.

Examples of optional modules include:

  • Gothic Cultures 1750-1900
  • Curating London
  • Writing Conflict: the First World War
  • The Lyricism of Protest: Bob Dylan
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • American Literature

    There are also opportunities to take courses oriented towards developing career aspirations in the culture industries and education, ensuring that you are prepared for the world of work.

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    Creative and Professional Writing

    Creative writing challenges you to explore the universes of your imagination and to sharpen your practical writing skills to the highest degree. You must love words and language and be passionate about reading and writing to undertake this course of studies, but the rewards can be immense and hugely satisfying.

    Few people write really well, but if you learn to do it - and we can help you - you will always be a step up on the competition. In the current marketplace the transferable skills offered by this degree in terms of critical thinking and coherent, compelling expression are second to none.

    Creative writing anthology

    We publish an anthology of work submitted by our Creative and Professional Writing students every spring. Read the anthology...

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    Undergraduate degree with a foundation year

    The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying at St Mary's.