3-year full-time;; 4.5 - 6-year part-time
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About the course
English and Creative Writing at Brunel, ranked 11th in UK – Guardian League Tables, June 2016
Storytelling is a fundamental human activity. Every day we exchange jokes and anecdotes, and the important events in our lives need to be told and retold many times over before they achieve the pattern and polish to become the ‘story of our lives’. We tell and read stories for pleasure and information, but we also read to gain a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
The BA in English spans everything from Shakespeare to Zadie Smith, Emily Bronte to Eminem. Traditional modules run alongside more innovative options covering areas such as fairytales, postmodernism, popular literature, south Asian writing, women’s writing, experimental literatures and digital technologies.
Our courses are designed to develop your ability to read texts in increasingly complex and diverse ways. We explore literature by looking at its structures and forms as well as the varying contexts in which it is produced and read. We examine the relations between writer, text and reader and interrogate the ways in which contexts shape and affect interpretation of varieties of texts.
You will have the opportunity to specialise by selecting from a wide range of options according to your own particular tastes and interests, be they in contemporary poetry, drama, fiction, literatures of the past or literatures from cultures remote from our own.
This course covers all the major periods of literature from the Renaissance to the most recent publications in poetry, fiction and drama.
We aim to introduce you right from the start to a variety of critical perspectives, approaches and contexts rather than simply providing a chronological or historical study of English literature. Our first priority is always to inform, stimulate and support you.