University of Hertfordshire - BA (Hons) English Literature with French

University of Hertfordshire

BA (Hons) English Literature with French

We’ll introduce you to writers who will open doors to contemporary worlds and cultures remote from your own, and also help you explore more familiar literature in ways that challenge your preconceptions. You’ll study literature written in English by writers from all parts of the globe, whose voices are relevant and important in our modern world. To complement this, by learning a language you will gain access to new cultures and perspectives, acquiring a skill which is highly valued by employers looking for global citizens.

You’ll be taught english literature by research-active academics who bring fresh thinking to our accessible, engaging courses. Our languages team are consistently rated by students as being outstanding teachers.

In your first year, you’ll start to learn your chosen language at a level determined by your previous experience of that language, and you’ll start to learn about aspects of the culture and lifestyle of the people of those countries in which that language is spoken. A core literature module will equip you to read and interpret both traditional and contemporary literary texts critically as a scholar of English literature. Alongside this you can choose to revisit Shakespeare and consider his cultural relevance today through fictional, cinematic and TV adaptations; or to deepen your understanding of Gothic writing by tracing its origins back to the Romantic era.

In your second year, whilst continuing to learn your chosen language, you’ll focus on period-based literature from the Renaissance onwards and gain an understanding of literary history, from Elizabethan verse and drama, via Augustan poetry and the emergence of the novel in the 18th century, to the radical transformations of the Victorian age, and the emergence of modernity in the 20th century. You’ll also have the opportunity to consider ways of reading that go beyond textual analysis or historical context, such as understanding literature through the political or ideological lens of Marxism, feminism and post-colonial theory.

In your final year, as well as having more advanced language skills, you’ll have the chance to specialise in your final year, tailoring your degree to reflect your own interests. Themed options include children’s literature, young adult fiction, Renaissance tragedy, 21st century American literature, European crime fiction, literary adaptations and the culture of print in the 18th century.

If you have a particular interest or independent research idea you can choose to work with a supervisor to write an extended dissertation. Previous dissertations have focused on subjects as diverse as anthropomorphism in Beatrix Potter’s animal tales; Black British identity in young adult fiction and grime music; women in Shakespearean tragedy; and slavery and the frontier in early American gothic short stories.

Entry Requirements

UCAS pointsA LevelBTECIB

GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language and 4/D Mathematics

Access course tariff: An overall merit profile in 45 credits at Level 3.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Course Details

Year 1

Texts up close: reading and interpretation
Make it new: literary tradition and experimentation
Border crossings: modern literature from around the world
Shakespeare reframed
American voices: introduction to us literature and culture
Romantic origins & gothic afterlives
Optional modules

French route a - 4a
French route a - 4b
French route b - 4a
French route b - 4b
Journeys and quests: adventures in literature
Identity and contemporary writing

Year 2

Ways of reading: literature and theory
Graduate skills
A nation of readers: british identity and enlightenment culture
Revisiting the renaissance
Optional modules

Studies in twentieth century literature, 1900-1945
American literature to 1900
Twentieth century north american writing
French route a - 5b
French route b - 5a
French route b - 5b
French route c - 5a
French route c - 5b
Images of contemporary society: british literature and the politics of identity
Age of transition: the victorians and modernity
Literature at work

Year 3

Optional modules

Renaissance tragedy
Eighteenth century bodies
Literature project
Between the acts: late victorian and edwardian literature 1890-1920
Postmodern genders
Children's literature:growing up in books
Native american literature
East end fictions: interdisciplinary studies of london's east end
Worlds apart 1: utopian & dystopian writing
Texts and screens: studies in literary adaptation
The golden age: victorian children's literature
African-american literature
French route a - 6a
French route a - 6b
French route b - 6b
French route b - 6a
Generation dead: young adult fiction and the gothic
Twenty-first century american writing
Euro-crime on page and screen

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