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Undergraduate study Entry 2013

Key facts Contents

Hull Campus

Choices | 1

Degree course

English at the Hull Campus | 4 English at the Scarborough Campus | 14

UCAS code

American Studies and English


American Studies with Creative Writing


Creative Writing and American Studies


Creative Writing and English Creative Writing and Film Studies


After your degree | 20

Creative Writing and Philosophy


Admissions | 22

Creative Writing and Religion


Members of staff | 23

Drama and English



Hull Campus contact Kay Nock Admissions Coordinator Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX T 01482 466191 (direct line) E If writing, please mark your envelope ‘Admissions Query’. Other queries to Paula Shaw Department of English University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX T 01482 465309 F 01482 465641 E

English and American Literature and Culture


English and Film Studies

QP33 BA/EFilm

English and French


English and German


English and History


English and Italian


English and Music


English and Philosophy


English and Spanish


English with History of Art


English with Law


Philosophy with Creative Writing


Estimated places Typical offer

Scarborough Campus contact Dr Michael Farrelly Admissions Tutor for English University of Hull Scarborough Campus Scarborough, YO11 3AZ T 01723 357141 F 01723 370815 E m.farrelly

Dates of semesters Semester 1 30 Sep 2013 – 24 Jan 2014 Semester 2 3 Feb – 13 June 2014


200 280–340 points (with minimum grade B in English). Please contact the Admissions Coordinator for further details.

Scarborough Campus Degree course

UCAS code

English Language and Literature


English Literature and Culture


English with Educational Studies Estimated places Typical offer

40 280–320 points or equivalent

Please contact Dr Michael Farrelly for further details.

Q3X3 S BA/EngEdSt

Choices English at Hull

English at Scarborough

The English Department, based on the Hull Campus, is friendly, inclusive and supportive and is characterised by the internationally excellent research which informs our teaching. Our English courses provide a thorough grounding in literary history and the literary canon (from medieval literature and Shakespeare to the Gothic, and contemporary literature). Creative writing is available to students in many forms: as an option in the English course; as an equal component of a joint degree with English; and as a minor or major element alongside various other humanities subjects. Creative writing at Hull is enhanced by the excellent activities of the Larkin Centre, founded in memory of Philip Larkin, one of the most significant poets of the 20th century. The Larkin Centre brings internationally famous authors as well as new talent to a wide audience of staff, students and members of the local community, also reaching out to a global audience through its popular podcasts.

The degree courses described on pages 14–18 enable you to engage with the most urgent and exciting cultural issues faced by contemporary society. You will encounter a range of texts from the medieval to the present, and in doing so you will be encouraged to ask how language and literature reflect and embody ideology, history and philosophy. You will become an articulate and incisive thinker, developing analytical skills and research techniques that are essential to your own understanding of the world and extremely attractive to potential employers.

Our students benefit from Larkin’s library on the Hull Campus. The city of Hull is also the home of the new Heritage Lottery-funded Hull History Centre. Our students have the opportunity to access archives and study original manuscripts, letters and diaries associated with famous local authors including Larkin, Andrew Marvell and Winifred Holtby, as well as lesser known individuals whose writings provide an insight into the First World War, political activism, social reform and the abolition of slavery.

The English subject is run by a committed staff whose interests include language studies, Shakespeare, 18th-century studies, 20th-century poetry, American literature, film and contemporary fiction. The English degrees are attractive to both young and mature students drawn from the United Kingdom and the broader international community. English can also be studied in combination with educational studies. With its spectacular coastline, North Yorkshire has inspired writers from Anne Brontë to Bram Stoker. By choosing to study English at the Scarborough Campus, you too will have a unique opportunity to read, to write and to be inspired in a stunning and stimulating environment.

On the Hull Campus there is a wide range of free elective modules. These enrich the English degree, which in itself is unusually flexible, offering choice throughout the second and third years. Linguistics modules, as well as modern language modules, are also available at every stage. Professor Katharine Cockin Head of Department at the Hull Campus



Our programmes focus on literature and their flexibility allows you to select options from language, creative writing, modern languages, American literature and a full range of free electives. Aspiring journalists are encouraged to get involved with Hullfire, the students’ union magazine.

Well read Our students gave the department a satisfaction rating of 93% in the 2011 National Student Survey (putting us in the national top three for English). And the ‘feelgood factor’ didn’t stop there: 93% of them progressed into employment or further study within six months of graduation.

English at the Hull Campus English at Hull has something for everyone. Whether you like reading novels or poetry or plays, whether you enjoy creative writing or exploring literature outside the traditional canon, you will find modules here to suit your current interests and introduce you to new ones.

Single Honours The course begins with a strong base which ensures that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to get the most from your studies. But even at this stage you have the freedom to include a creative writing option among your modules, or you can choose a free elective from a completely different discipline. In Years 2 and 3 there are no core modules, which means that you make up your own package according to what you most enjoy. The only limitation on choice is that we require every student to read some pre-1800 and some post-1800 literature. There are two types of module: the year-long modules which are examined in the summer and give you plenty of time to read longer texts or think through a complex piece of writing, such as a dissertation; and the short (semester-long) type, which is examined and completed within the semester. Because all students take a mixture of these two kinds of module, at no point in the year will you have more than one or two formal examinations. Many modules are, in any case, assessed by coursework. We accept applicants with English Language A Level. Linguistics modules are available as options at every level, but most of the modules you will take focus on literary texts rather than language study.

Combining English with creative writing If you enjoy creative writing, whether fiction, poetry, or building a mixed portfolio, you may like to combine your study of literature with the opportunity to write creatively throughout your degree course. You can take a Joint Honours course in Creative Writing and English, spending exactly half your time on each. Module options include Creative Writing Skills, The Short Story, Story Structures, and Transformations and Other Worlds: Writing Myths. We offer Joint Honours degrees combining creative writing with American studies, film studies, media studies, philosophy and religion. Creative writing can also be taken as a minor subject with philosophy or American studies.

English and American Literature and Culture

In Years 2 and 3 there are no core modules – you make up your own package according to what you most enjoy. 4


If you like the idea of reading American alongside English literature, with options in film and art history, then you may want to take our Single Honours degree in English and American Literature and Culture. Students can choose from modules such as Hollywood in the 1950s, Postmodernism, American Art 1900–1940.



Joint degrees in English In Joint Honours degrees, English figures equally for the whole three years (or four years if you spend one abroad on language study) with one other subject chosen from American studies, creative writing, drama, film studies, French, German, history, Italian, music, philosophy and Spanish. As a joint student you take core first-year modules in English Landmark Texts, Introduction to Renaissance Literature and Introduction to Literary Studies. After that you choose English modules up to 60 credits (that is, half your total workload) in each of your second and final years.

‘English with ...’ degrees English is the ‘major’ subject (80 credits a year) and history of art or law the ‘minor’ (40 credits a year).

English with Law The English with Law degree represents a new interdisciplinary collaboration at the University, drawing on research interests of staff in the English Department and the Law School, especially in the fields of crime fiction, the trial in literature, censorship and theatre, genetic engineering in literature, political theatre and women’s suffrage.

Teaching methods Teaching at Hull is largely based on seminars. Students meet once a week with their tutor for each of their modules (normally four modules are taken at once). Tutors have different ways of conducting seminars: sometimes they take the form of a ‘round-table’ discussion of controversial issues in a literary text; sometimes students themselves lead the seminar, perhaps through a group presentation. Either way, the intention is to get you thinking and talking energetically about what you have read. Particularly in the first year, seminars are supported by formal lectures. In the final year, you spend more time on individual research projects and extended essays under a tutor’s guidance.

Assessment The first year is a ‘qualifying’ period which does not contribute towards your degree result. The only requirement is that you complete and pass the modules taken during the year. Subsequent modules all contribute to your final degree classification. Most modules are assessed by a combination of essays and exams, though in the final year a single extended essay is more likely to be your mode of assessment.

The intention is to get you thinking and talking energetically about what you have read. 6


Structure of the English course

Single Honours Year 1 Core modules (and credits) Whole year Introduction to Literary Studies (20) plus one of the following.

Our students study in Larkin’s library on the Hull Campus.

• Introduction to Linguistics (20) • Creative Writing Skills (20) • Introduction to Poetry (20) • Free elective (20) (see inner back cover) First semester • English Landmark Texts (20) • Introduction to Medieval Literature (20) Second semester • Introduction to English Renaissance Literature (20) • Either Introduction to Modernist Fiction (20) or Patterns of Language (20)

Single Honours Years 2 and 3 Optional modules Two year-long modules Four one-semester modules, each worth 20 credits, from • Band 1 (pre-1800) • Band 2 (post-1800)

Joint Honours Year 1 Core modules (and credits) Whole year Introduction to Literary Studies (20) First semester English Landmark Texts (20) Second semester Introduction to English Renaissance Literature (20) Joint Honours Years 2 and 3/4

Optional modules One year-long module Two one-semester modules, each worth 20 credits, from • Band 1 (pre-1800) • Band 2 (post-1800)



Module outlines

First-year modules Whole year Introduction to Literary Studies introduces a range of critical theories and approaches through close study of selected texts from different periods and genres. And an optional year-long module chosen from • Introduction to Linguistics • Creative Writing Skills • Introduction to Poetry • A free elective chosen from the extensive list of modules available from other departments First semester English Landmark Texts focuses on four core texts which have become cultural landmarks, both as enduring classics and in revised, rewritten versions, as texts, films and stage shows. Current texts are Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, Jane Eyre and Peter Pan. Introduction to Medieval Literature provides a gateway to the more specialised medieval options available in the second and final years of your course. It introduces you to a selection of accessible texts such as Chaucer’s Reeve’s Tale, Sir Orfeo and the York Crucifixion Play. Second semester Introduction to English Renaissance Literature, the second module designed as a gateway to the more specialised options available in later years, extends the survey of pre-1800 English literary culture from the end of the Middle Ages through Renaissance humanism, covering authors such as Marlowe, More, Marvell and Milton. Introduction to Modernist Fiction surveys the early-20th-century literature that gave definition to ‘Modernism’ as a cultural movement, showing how writers such as Lawrence, Forster and Conrad reacted against their realist predecessors. Patterns of Language (another option for Single Honours students) aims to introduce students to the central properties of language through an exploration of sounds and grammatical structures of English.



Second-year modules Medieval English: The Worldly explores a range of texts, including works by Chaucer and Langland and other satiric and prophetic literature. Introduction to Medieval Literature (joint students only) is the module offered previously in Single Honours, designed as a gateway to our more specialised medieval options. Elizabethan Literature concentrates on the Elizabethan Renaissance in the final two decades of the 16th century, though some earlier writers are also studied. Jacobean Drama examines six non-Shakespearean plays (by authors such as Jonson, Middleton, Webster and Ford) with close attention to their historical and political context and to questions of dramatic form and theatrical effect. Another Country? Contemporary Medieval/ Renaissance Narratives explores recent detective and historical fiction which makes the Long Middle Ages (c 1000–1550) accessible to a wider audience. The Age of Sensibility (1740–1789) surveys a period often seen as ‘transitional’, when Enlightenment certainties gave way to ‘romantick’ and ‘sentimental’ fashions, and a new spirit of questioning fostered the realistic novel. Romantic Poets from Blake to Keats surveys the six great Romantic poets writing between 1790 and 1830, when the main vehicle for radical political and philosophical ideas was poetry. The Novel from Austen to Hardy parallels The Age of Sensibility in its historical span but focuses on the major novelists of the period to examine issues arising from the broadening scope of the genre through recurrent themes such as women, courtship and marriage, money, class and criminality. The Other Victorians explores the ‘darker’ or ‘alternative’ aspects of 19th-century literature: genres such as the Gothic, detective fiction and horror story; authors from Mary Shelley and Browning to Wilkie Collins and Mary Elizabeth Braddon.

A Statue of Philip Larkin in Hull train station.



The First World War in Literature examines the writings of both combatants and non-combatants during the war, and its subsequent literary representations, to explore ‘lost voices’, poetic canons and images of homecoming, shellshock and memories of war in drama, poetry and narrative. Contemporary Poetry explores recent verse from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the context of debates about contemporary culture. Crossing Cultures: Literature and Film in Postcolonial Britain foregrounds key debates and theories – including ‘The Empire Writes Back’, alternative histories, ethnicity and indigenity, and trans-cultural experiences – in sample texts from both British-based and other regional writers. Classics of British Children’s Literature focuses on the canon of children’s fiction from Alice in Wonderland to the Harry Potter series, evaluating the distinctive features of these popular works. Sociolinguistics focuses on English-speaking communities to introduce topics from multilingualism and language policy, through analysis of language variation and change in relation to class, gender, style and geography, to methods in sociolinguistic research. Beowulf and Old English Poetry is an optional module which offers students an introduction to Anglo-Saxon poetry, culture and language, including study of Beowulf. From the Women’s Liberation Movement to Third-Wave Feminism examines the impact of Second- and Third-Wave feminism from the 1970s onwards. Lectures focus on the major trends in feminist theory and literary criticism; set texts include novels by Margaret Drabble, Angela Carter, Pat Barker and Jeanette Winterson.

Final-year modules Recent Australian Writing and Film focuses on developments from the foundation of the ‘national legend’ in the 1890s to the emergence of contemporary, pluralist Australia. Medieval English: The Courtly introduces you to the literature of King Arthur’s court as Arthurian legend.



Playing God is a year-long module which examines Late Medieval drama. The ‘Profession’ of Writing in England: Spenser to Milton explores how 16th and 17th century English writers attempted to define and reinforce the role of the author in relation to writers and works from both the classical and modern European traditions. Writing the Revolution investigates the literature of the English Civil War and its immediate aftermath to the beginnings of the 1688 Revolution: key authors include Bunyan, Milton and Marvell. The 1890s investigates selected novels and other prose writings of the decade in relation to three interconnected themes within late-Victorian ideology: the rise of feminism and socialism, consolidation of the discourse of homosexuality, and imperial decline. Philip Larkin explores the chronological and generic range of Larkin’s writing in both verse and prose and examines the critical and theoretical debates that his work continues to excite. Crime Fiction: Reading the Body, Reading the Signs investigates the historical development and theory of crime fiction, ranging from writers such as Wilkie Collins and Edgar Allan Poe to Ruth Rendell and Sara Paretsky. Unruly Subjects and Renaissance Texts examines diverse representations of and responses to unruliness by Elizabethan and Stuart writers. Gothic explores how Gothic writing mutated between the 18th and the early 20th century. Texts covered include Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. Shakespeare, a 20-credit module across two semesters, enables study of a wide selection of plays from every phase of Shakespeare’s career, with attention both to the original historical and theatrical contexts and to modern critical developments, performances and adaptations. 68: Cultural Revolution and the Sixties investigates the explosive cultural mix of Britain in the late 1960s, focusing on the ‘moment’ of ’68, and covering fiction, poetry, drama, visual art, music and films.

Autobiography introduces the analysis of autobiography in both print culture and online. It makes use of resources in the library’s archives. Dissertation: an opportunity to persuade a member of staff to share your enthusiasm and supervise your research towards an extended essay on a literary or linguistic topic of your choice. Apocalyptic Visions examines the nature and function of religious belief in the medieval and the modern world, focusing on death, the devil and the apocalypse. Contemporary Fiction introduces you to a selection of significant and representative novels published in English since the 1960s. Authors include John Fowles, Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro and Margaret Atwood. Suffragettes and Citizens: Writing for the Vote, 1894–1928 examines representations of independent women from the New Woman of the 1890s to the suffragette and the citizen in a range of writings, including women’s suffrage drama.

Between the Acts: Literature of the Thirties investigates the literature of the inter-war period, the rise of realism and the literary landscape of the Auden generation. Authors studied include Winifred Holtby, George Orwell, Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene. Thomas Hardy in Context is a year-long module examing Hardy’s novels, short stories and poetry in the sociocultural context of his time, including the themes of class, gender politics, desire and loss, and the visual arts. Rebels, Rakes and Partisans is a year-long module which explores the satirical, socio-political literature and culture of the period 1660–1750. Texts include works by Pepys, Defoe, Swift, Pope and the Hull poet Andrew Marvell. The Age of Chivalry and Romance uses Medieval texts with modern film to study the culture of chivalry and courtly romance in the European Middle Ages and Later Medieval England.

D H Lawrence provides an exciting opportunity to explore the novels, short stories and poetry of this seminal Modernist author in his critical context. Discovering Literary Manuscripts is a year-long dissertation-style module which explores unique archival material at the Hull History Centre: for example, the writings of Winifred Holtby and Philip Larkin, or about the First World War. Cyborgs, Clones and Other Animals: Science in Fiction investigates science fiction and science in fiction, focusing on novels which reassess the idea of human nature in the era of the cyborg and the clone. Voyage Out: Writing Travel provides a dynamic approach to issues of empire, race, gender, history and politics. It interrogates the act of travel, and its inscription within diverse literary forms, as modes of encounter between cultures. It deals primarily with 20th- and 21st-century texts but is attentive to earlier discourses.



Creative writing at Hull

Creative writing at Hull is taught by a lively team of experienced tutors who are also successful poets and novelists in their own right.

Facts into Art helps you to start writing creatively from your own experience, while also learning how to objectify and shape it for an audience.

You study examples of the best in contemporary writing as a starting point for original work as well as learning practical skills such as editing and drafting your work. You participate in regular workshops at which your work will be critically discussed by the group; you develop expertise across a range of writing practices including poetry, short stories, essays, character development and dialogue; and in your final year you have the opportunity to specialise in either poetry or prose. Whether or not you go on to write a bestselling novel or the screenplay of an Oscarwinning film, you will certainly leave Hull with a range of writing and communication skills that will be useful for the rest of your life.

Writing through Voice and Form helps you to become a better writer and a more attentive reader by developing your appreciation of style, forms and technique through example and practice.

Year 1: tools and foundation You study Creative Writing Skills, a module which develops your writing across a range of genres and encourages reflection on what makes accurate and effective writing. You begin with simple exercises which develop your critical thinking about such areas as genre and register, and you finish by writing short stories, dialogues and character pieces. Year 2: range and exploration In Year 2, you have the opportunity to apply the skills and practices learnt in Year 1 across a range of genres. Modules such as The Short Story and Transformations and Other Worlds enable you to explore a particular genre or set of themes in depth. Year 3: focus and specialisation In Year 3, you have the opportunity to concentrate on your preferred genre by taking either the Prose Portfolio or the Poetry Portfolio. Other choices include Story Structures, which introduces students to the seven basic plots used in fiction, or Experimental Writing, which gives you the opportunity to study and write in the parallel tradition of avant-garde literature.

First-year modules Creative Writing Skills encourages you to develop and reflect critically on their creative writing (and improve the style and accuracy of their writing more generally) in a supportive workshop environment.



Second-year modules The Short Story is a creative writing module in which you read exemplar stories and learn how to craft and revise short fiction of your own. Transformations and Other Worlds: Writing Myths explores a broad range of poetry and prose themed around transition and transformation, with a special focus on love, loss, childhood and myth. Writing Poetry aims to improve your skill in both reading and writing poetry. Examples taken from 20th-century and contemporary poems lead into discussion of techniques and form, such as poetic diction, voice, persona and rhythm. From Character to Story is a year-long module which views plot as the product of a character’s development, growing self-knowledge or interaction with others.

Final-year modules Poetry Portfolio encourages you to experiment with verse forms and techniques and read widely in modern poetry as you build up your own portfolio. Prose Portfolio is for students specialising in prose writing. You will assemble a portfolio of your own work as you learn about developments and techniques in contemporary storytelling. Story Structures introduces you to the seven basic plot structures consistently used in longer works of fiction. By learning from models and examples, you are encouraged to reflect critically on published work, integrating creative writing and critical reading skills. Experimental Writing introduces you to the theory and practice of experimental writing after 1950. Writing the City draws on archival material in Hull’s History Centre to inspire you to write your own fiction and non-fiction.

Beyond the classroom

If you want to become more involved in the life of the department, the University and the city, there are any number of things you can do.

Around the campus • Come to the lively readings and interviews run by the Larkin Centre for Creative Writing and Poetry, which is based in the English Department. Recent speakers include the novelist Edna O’Brien, the 2009 Man Booker Prize-winner Hilary Mantel, the screenwriter Christopher Hampton and the children’s writer David Almond. • Join the English Staff–Student Committee, a group of English department staff and elected students from each year of the course (including Joint Honours) who meet twice each semester to review the day-to-day working of the English modules and raise any points of concern. • Help run the English and Creative Writing Society, organised wholly by English students for English students – to discuss literature, see films together or just party! • Write for the University magazine, Hullfire – particularly useful for English students considering a career in journalism: write about topical issues or review books, films, concerts and the latest CDs. • Run the student online radio station, or at least be one of the regular hosts on JAM (Just About Music) radio. Full training is given to would-be presenters, whose remit is to talk and play music through day or evening programmes. (Good experience if you’re considering a career in the media.) • Go on the stage – at our own theatre on campus, the Donald Roy Theatre at the Gulbenkian Centre, or with the Drama Society – in one of the shows produced throughout the year. • Engage with the cultural activities on campus, by attending the annual series of lectures on art history or the six chamber music concerts by visiting musicians, by joining the University orchestra or choir, by getting to know the University’s Art Collection (and visiting exhibitions) or by joining some of the many clubs and societies in the union.

Around the region • Try the local theatres – either the New Theatre, where Charles Dickens gave some of his famous readings and where you can see traditional plays, opera and ballet, or Hull Truck Theatre, where a more informal style of drama and music predominates. • Become a Hull poet, and follow in the footsteps of Andrew Marvell, who was MP for Hull in Oliver Cromwell’s Parliament; Philip Larkin, who was the University’s librarian; Tom Paulin, who was a student here; or Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate and Larkin’s biographer, who lectured at Hull. Six of our current staff are published poets, while the Philip Larkin Society meets regularly on campus for talks by distinguished visitors. • Learn to be a film buff, from the films shown on campus and in Hull’s multiplex cinemas. Hull Screen at Reel features the more serious or unusual films not on release elsewhere. There is an active Film Society screening a wide range of films regularly on campus. • Involve yourself in the Hull or Beverley literature festivals, held every year, when famous writers converge on the region to give readings, hold workshops and meet people informally. Events are held in libraries, pubs, theatres and schools to make cultural events accessible to everyone.



English at the Scarborough Campus Choosing English at the Scarborough Campus ensures both a stimulating learning experience and a diverse and fascinating environment in which to study. Whether it’s to explore language, or to read Larkin, Sterne, the Brontës and Stoker, you can develop your interest in a region rich in the history of English. Set on the edge of the North York Moors amid some of Britain’s most beautiful coastal scenery, Scarborough combines the warmth of a compact campus with the attractions of a historic seaside town. From county cricket to medieval castles, from second-hand bookshops to surfing and from the latest in national theatre to the vibrant club and live-music scene, Scarborough offers culture and recreation to suit all tastes. Renowned for its welcoming and friendly atmosphere, the English subject area prides itself on the consistently high standards that its students achieve. We encourage you to combine an enthusiasm for language, literature and culture with the rigour of critical and theoretical study. We value personal contact with students, which is ensured through small-group teaching. General information about accommodation, sports facilities and the students’ union at the Scarborough Campus can be found in the Undergraduate Prospectus. If you have further questions, please contact Dr Michael Farrelly (, who will be happy to help with enquiries.

BA English Language and Literature This course enables you to explore the variety and history of English, looking at ways in which language has the capacity to divide and to bring together communities and peoples. How does language work? How do we acquire language? Do women and men communicate differently? Does accent matter? In answering these questions you collect data, analyse text and reflect on personal and collective experience. Examining the broad relationship between language and politics, you consider media and advertising, and investigate issues relating to language, censorship and propaganda. Through an exploration of literary texts from the Renaissance to the present, and of journalism, film, television and digital media, you reflect on the potential of language to shape our interpretation of history, culture and society. Year 1 • Language, Literature and Theory • The Story of English • Language, Power, Society • Literature and Culture in the 19th Century • Introduction to Poetry and/or English Studies in the Digital Age and/or Passport Language and/or free elective Year 2 • Language Aquisition and Development • Language, Journalism and Media • Romanticism • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries • Modernism to Postmodernism • Film and the Moving Image and/or Passport Language and/or free elective Year 3 • Dissertation • Language Teaching and Learning or Writing on Europe: World Literature • Language, Literature and the Law or 20th-Century Poetry • Literature and Culture in the Long 18th Century and/or Literature and Culture in the 17th Century and/or free elective



North Yorkshire was a source of inspiration for Bram Stoker, and Whitby Abbey is one of the nearby locations he used in the gothic horror classic Dracula.



BA English Literature and Culture

BA English with Educational Studies

This course will have you thinking and talking about everything from Paradise Lost to popular culture and from Austen to the cultural significance of the vampire. How do the kinds of stories that we tell about ourselves and others shape our understanding? What are the implications of the digital revolution? In answering these questions you encounter literature from the Renaissance to the contemporary, alongside modules examining film narrative, critical theory and myth. Reading bawdy Restoration drama and epic poetry, you also explore sex and satire in the 18th century, travel and life writing, and the history of the novel up to the present day. In addressing the literary and cultural past and present, you deepen your understanding of the world in all its complexity. In addition, the Free Elective Scheme allows you to further broaden your studies by choosing modules from such diverse areas as children’s literature, European Passport languages and dive training.

While English is your major subject of study, the programme in educational studies helps you to understand the theories, values, policies and practices which underpin approaches to ‘education for all’. Its professional focus gives you skills which are highly relevant to the needs of employers. You explore such issues as the relationship between society and learning, new technologies and the transmission of information, and lifelong learning.

Year 1 • Language, Literature and Theory • Literature and Culture in the 19th Century • Introduction to Poetry • The Story of English • Language, Power, Society • English Studies in the Digital Age or free elective Year 2 • Romanticism • Modernism to Postmodernism • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries • Restoration and 18th-Century Drama • Film and the Moving Image • Culture, Politics and Performance or Performance and Creative Technologies I or free elective Year 3 • Dissertation • Literature and Culture in the Long 18th Century • 20th-Century Poetry • World Literature: Writing on Europe or Performance and Creative Technologies II • Literature and Culture in the 17th Century or free elective



Year 1 • Language, Literature and Theory • Lifelong Human Development and Learning • Introduction to Poetry • Literature and Culture in the 19th Century • Learning in a Social and Cultural Context • English Studies in the Digital Age or free elective Year 2 • Restoration and 18th-Century Drama • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries • Romanticism • Film and the Moving Image • Psychology of Learning • Social Policy and Learning Year 3 • Dissertation • World Literature: Writing on Europe • 20th-Century Poetry • Educational Studies Work Placement • Literature and Culture in the Long 18th Century Literature and Culture in the 17th Century

Module outlines

English First-year modules Introduction to Poetry: From Chaucer to contemporary poetry, you engage with forms as diverse as the haiku, the sonnet, the ballad and the epic. How do poets write about love, grief, politics and religion? What kinds of relationships exist between poetry and film, or poetry and music? You are encouraged to explore such questions in both critical and creative ways. The Story of English explores the diverse origins of the English language and its evolution in response to social, cultural and technological changes. You examine the development of this dynamic global language, and further reflect on the variety of its present and its future. Literature and Culture in the 19th Century: From the nightmare of Dickens’s labyrinthine London to the sexual and cultural anxieties of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, you engage with a range of writing that responds in radically different ways to the revolutionary ideas and cultural upheavals of the 19th century.

about language and status, and about the explicit and implicit power of language to inform, influence and persuade. Communication in the Information Age considers how communication on a personal and cultural scale is changing in the context of the current digital revolution, examining how the internet and other digital media are shifting the ways in which we access and relate to literature and culture. Passport French 2 and Passport Spanish 1 and 2 operate as part of the University’s language programme. They are designed for students who wish to learn a new language and be introduced to a new culture and way of life. Second-year modules Language Acquisition and Development explores the debates and theories surrounding language learning. Is there a language gene? How do children develop increasingly sophisticated language skills? What is the relationship between learning a first and learning a second language? In studying this module you will engage with questions fundamental to the definition of our humanity.

English Studies in the Digital Age engages with English in the context of the exciting developments in contemporary digital technologies. What are the consequences for publishing and reading? How is the idea of ‘the book’ changing? You will address these questions in both theoretical and practical ways.

Romanticism analyses the poetry and prose of the late 18th and early 19th century in the context of Romantic political and artistic values. Framed by the French, American and Industrial Revolutions, the content of this module explores the relationship between social radicalism and literary culture.

Language, Literature and Theory introduces some of the theoretical knowledge necessary to your studies, paying particular attention to feminist linguistics and postcolonial discourse. We focus on the ways in which contemporary novelists and filmmakers revisit texts of earlier periods to engage with constructions and inversions of class, gender and empire.

Modernism to Postmodernism explores some of the most exciting and important narratives in fiction and drama from the early 20th century to the present. Examining writers such as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, J M Synge, Salman Rushdie, Angela Carter and Julian Barnes, this module engages with the experimental, radical and often playful texts that have changed the way we think about literature.

Language, Power, Society explores the ways in which language shapes, and is shaped by, society. How does language vary in terms of gender and class? In what ways can language be discriminatory? What are the issues surrounding the differences between regional dialect and Standard English? In studying such areas you will be asking, and answering, important questions

Language, Journalism and Media: How is language manipulated and exploited to shape our understanding of the world? How has the way in which the media communicates changed over time? This module examines the persuasive power and influence of language in print, broadcast and digital media.



Educational studies First-year modules Learning in a Social and Cultural Context introduces the social and cultural influences on lifelong learning and hence the possible barriers to people’s achievement of their true potential. Lifelong Human Development and Learning explores debates on human learning in relation to development and environment. The module introduces the concept of learning and development as a lifelong process. Second-year modules Psychology of Learning gives you a broad understanding of the psychological theories which attempt to explain how we learn. There is also the opportunity for you to look at the use of psychological theory in professional contexts. Social Policy and Learning examines social policy in different historical contexts and its effect on learning. You analyse current policy and reflect on its effectiveness in providing lifelong learning for all members of society. Third-year modules Work Placement enables you to demonstrate your deepening skills of reflection on lifelong learning by making explicit links between theory and professional practice introduced earlier in the course. You have the opportunity to observe and actively participate in a workplace setting associated with lifelong learning, thus gaining skills, experience and contacts which are valuable when seeking employment.



William Shakespeare.



After your degree Graduate employment The career opportunities opened up by our degrees are as diverse and exciting as the courses of study. The skills that these develop give you the ability to analyse, research and communicate at a very high level. Moreover • graduates looking for satisfying work have always been and will continue to be at a very considerable advantage over non-graduates • Hull has long featured among the UK’s top 10 universities for the employability of its graduates, and the University’s Careers Service has been notably successful in helping our students find fulfilling jobs • many opportunities for graduates are completely ‘open’ ones: what you study is only as important as how your practical, social and intellectual skills develop, so the training provided by your degree is vitally complemented by your involvement in the University’s non-academic activities Our English graduates have proved to be extremely adaptable to the variety of opportunities open to them. Some go on to the traditional kinds of employment associated with arts students – journalism, teacher training and the public services, for example – but many begin careers in the professions, commerce and industry. Others choose to continue their studies as postgraduates – so you may be interested in these outlines of what we offer at MA, MPhil and PhD levels.

Taught Masters degrees at the Hull Campus Our seven Masters courses are based on the research interests of staff and supported by unusually extensive source material acquired over many years. Each is assessed by a combination of written assignments and a dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with the tutor who supervises that work. All our MA courses are available both full- and part-time.

MA English Literature (Taught) allows you to build your course from a range of modules across the department. You take two Research Skills training modules and write a dissertation on a subject of your choice. MA English Literature (by Research) provides research skills training and taught module options, but you mainly focus on a more substantial dissertation which you design and write, supported by individual supervision throughout the year. MA Modern and Contemporary Literature examines a wide range of literary texts from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. Ideas of the ‘modern’ and ‘contemporary’ and terms such as ‘posthuman’ and ‘postmodern’ are considered alongside relevant literary theories and debates. An innovative interdisciplinary core module, Literature and Law, is designed to examine images of literature and law as well as considering law as literature. Crime fiction, trials in literature, authorship, censorship and propaganda are all explored. MA Creative Writing: Poetry or Prose Fiction gives graduates the opportunity to work closely with our team of published creative writers on a range of genres. Aimed at those who seriously want to develop as writers, it includes modules such as The Writer’s Practice, Writing Now, and Plot: Forms and Archetypes. Students also attend readings by visiting poets and novelists.

Higher degrees by research We always have a large group of full- and part-time students working for MPhil and PhD degrees by thesis only. Some of these, as well as some MA students, are in receipt of Arts and Humanities Research Council (or other) awards, while the University offers a number of its own awards. Applications for the latter should be addressed to the Exchange and Scholarships Office, University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX. A pamphlet with more detailed information on our MA, MPhil and PhD work is available from Kay Nock at the address on the inner front cover of this pamphlet.





Admissions The typical entry requirement for those taking three full A levels is 280–340 points (with a minimum B grade in English). We accept all the possible combinations of English Literature and/or Language at A level, though you may find that the best preparation for the course is English Literature. We are happy to include General Studies as one of your grades. We are also delighted to receive applications from people with other or ‘equivalent’ qualifications, particularly mature people, who may have few formal qualifications of any kind, and from EU or ‘overseas’ students. In recent years, nationals of America, Germany, Hong Kong, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Singapore have taken their BA in English at Hull. Open days If you have not yet applied but are interested in finding our more, you are welcome to attend one of the University-wide open days. There are two open days held annually on the Hull Campus, in July and October. For more information about Hull Campus Open Day call 01482 465293 or email For more information about Scarborough Campus Open Days contact Student Services on 01723 357369. Applicant days If you have received an offer from us, you will be invited to an applicant day. Parents and friends are also very welcome. If you cannot attend one of our open days or applicant days, please contact Kay Nock on 01482 466191 or at She will be able to arrange an individual visit.



Mature students Through experience, we know that some very good mature students may have been out of education for several years and therefore lack formal qualifications. We are keen to encourage students of any age to enter higher education, and entrance procedures for applicants without the usual qualifications may involve an interview.

Members of staff: teaching and research interests Hull Campus Head of Department and Professor Katharine Cockin, BA, MA, PhD (Leicester) – women’s writing; 19th- and 20th-century literature; theatre history; science in fiction Professors Janet Clare, BA (Leeds), MA, PhD (Birmingham) – Shakespeare; Renaissance literature; censorship; women’s writing of the 16th and 17th centuries Martin Goodman, BA (Leeds), PhD (Lancaster) – creative writing, especially fiction and biography Carol Rumens – Visiting Professor of Creative Writing Valerie Sanders, MA (Cambridge), DPhil (Oxford) – Victorian literature and the family; life writing and autobiography Senior Lecturers P Martin Arnold, BA, MA, PhD, PGCE (Leeds) – Old Norse–Icelandic language and literature; medieval European literature; 19th-century fiction; psychoanalytical and socio-anthropological theory as applied to literary texts

Lecturers Elizabeth Boyle, BA (Glasgow), MA, PhD (Sheffield) – 19th- and 20th-century English and American literature Lesley Coote, BA (UEA), DPhil (York) – Middle English; political prophecy in medieval English Cliff Forshaw, BA (Warwick), MA (London), DPhil (Oxford) – creative writing; poetry; Renaissance literature Ray French, BA (Lancaster) – novelist and short story writer Bethan Jones, BA, MA, PGCE, PhD (Nottingham) – D H Lawrence, Margaret Atwood, Modernism, creative writing and music Ann Kaegi, BA, MA (Toronto), PhD (Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham) – English Renaissance literature; Shakespeare; Marlowe; early modern political and religious culture; rhetoric; historicism; modern drama Simon Kerr, BA (Queen’s, Belfast), MA (Bath Spa) – novelist (as Chris Kerr): author of The Rainbow Singer (2002)

David Kennedy, BA (Warwick), PhD (Sheffield) – poet and critic

Jason Lawrence, BA, DPhil (Oxford) – Italian influence on English literature; Renaissance writing

Veronica O’Mara, BA, MA (NUI), PhD (Leeds) – Middle English religious literature; female literacy

Kath McKay, BA (Queen’s, Belfast) – novelist and poet with a special interest in short stories

Jane Thomas, BA, PhD (Hull) – 19th- and 20thcentury literature, especially Thomas Hardy

Stewart Mottram, BA, MA, PhD (Leeds) – medieval and early modern literature, especially representations of Britain’s medieval past in pastoral literature from Spenser to Marvell

Bruce Woodcock, BA, PhD (Leicester) – contemporary literature; Shelley and Blake Catherine Wynne, BA, MA (NUI), DPhil (Oxford) – 19th-century British and Irish fiction; empire fictions; (post)colonial literature theory; film and film theory; women’s writing in the 19th and 20th centuries; feminist theory

Sabine Vanacker, Lic (Leuven), MA, PhD (Hull) – 19th- and 20th-century literature; women’s writing; crime fiction Daniel Weston, BA (York), MA, PhD (Nottingham) – 20th and 21st-century literature; Philip Larkin; literature and place.



Themes in the department Scarborough Campus Lecturers in English Kevin Corstorphine, MA (Dundee), MLitt (St Andrews), PhD (Dundee) – American literature; Gothic; film and new media; representations of space and place Anna Fitzer, BA, PhD (Wales), Admissions Tutor – 17th- and 18th-century literature, culture and aesthetics; the novels of sentiment and sensibility; literature of the Romantic period Michael Farrelly, MA (Aberdeen), MA, PhD (Lancaster) – critical discourse analysis; linguistics; language and politics; discussive approaches to interpretive policy analysis; cultural political economy Charles Mundye, BA (Warwick), DPhil (York) – 19th- and 20th-century English and American literature; the interdisciplinary relationships between literature and music English language specialists Andrew Cornforth BA, MA (Open University), DipTEFL, PGDE (York St John) – applied linguistics, discourse analysis, English for academic purposes Geoff Gibson, BA (York), MSc (Aston), DipTEO (Manchester), FRSA – English language teaching in Africa, the Far East and Europe; English for academic purposes; English for business; secondlanguage acquisition Educational Studies Christine Trala, BS (Delaware, USA), MA (Columbia, NY, USA) Gary Wilkinson, BA (Lancaster), PGCE (MMU), Programme Leader

Admissions policy Admissions information provided in this pamphlet is intended as a general guide and cannot cover all possibilities. Entry requirements are generally stated in terms of A level grades and/or UCAS points, but we encourage applications from people with a wide range of other qualifications and/or experience. Some further details of the various entry routes are included in our general prospectus. Please contact the Admissions Service (see below) with any specific queries about admissions.

Address For general enquiries, please write to Admissions Service University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX T 01482 466100 F 01482 442290 E

Disclaimer This publication is intended principally as a guide for prospective students. The matters covered by it – academic and otherwise – are subject to change from time to time, both before and after students are admitted, and the information contained in it does not form part of any contract. While every reasonable precaution was taken in the production of this brochure, the University does not accept liability for any inaccuracies.

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Free Elective Scheme

Studying for a degree at the University of Hull is a unique experience. We aim to provide you with an education that offers both depth and breadth of knowledge. To meet these ends the University has developed an optional Free Elective Scheme. This scheme enables the majority of undergraduate students to take one module a year from outside their main course of study.

So, how does it work? Each year you take 120 credits’ worth of modules.



20 credits

20 credits

20 credits

20 credits 20 credits 20 credits

Here you take modules from your main course of study.

Here you have the option to take a free elective or another module from your main course of study.

What sort of subjects can I take?

What are the main reasons for participating?

You can take almost any free elective module from outside your main course of study, usually at your home campus. You can even take a module from another faculty. The catalogue of free electives might include

• The scheme gives you the opportunity to study a subject without having to commit yourself to taking further modules in that subject area. • By taking a free elective you are able to follow up your interests as part of your degree. • With a broader education you may acquire extra skills that will help you when you enter the employment market.

Level 4 • English for Academic Purposes • Dive Training • Global Environmental Issues • Outdoor Recreation and Education Management • Introduction to Poetry • Passport Spanish or French Level 5 • Career Management Skills • Starting a New Business • Event Management • Conservation Biology Level 6 • Managing Leisure and Tourism Impacts

Higher still and higher From the earth thou springest, Like a cloud of fire; The blue deep thou wingest, And singing still dost soar, and soaring ever singest. Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘Ode to a Skylark’ Go beyond |

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English Undergraduate brochure for 2013

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