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English Literature and Creative Writing

Cardiff University
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
17,700 GBP
Start dates
Cardiff
17,700 GBP
September 2020

Cardiff
September 2021

Program description

English Literature and Creative Writing

Our BA English Literature and Creative Writing programme allows you to study all periods of literature in English, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twenty-first century, together with training in Creative Writing. We cover all genres, from contemporary and historical fiction to poetry, drama, film and music.

The Creative Writing element of the programme provides you with the opportunity to progress from introductory modules on reading and writing creatively to specialised work within specific forms and genres such as fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and scriptwriting, culminating in the production of an extended collection of creative work.

Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to stretch yourself intellectually and imaginatively by exploring literature as both a practitioner and a critic. Our approach will help you develop an understanding of the creative process, as well as enhancing your knowledge of genre, literary history, and the varied and dynamic academic field which is English Literature.

You will focus on becoming a careful, attentive, and informed reader and writer, sensitive to the nuances of language and style and able to produce polished and sophisticated creative work, as well as to articulate your responses to texts in writing which is precise, stylish, and effective. 

You join a friendly and supportive environment with an international reputation for both teaching and research. Our talented Creative Writing team regularly scoop national and international awards, and collectively share experience in theatre, television and film. Our public platforms Cardiff BookTalk and Cardiff Poetry Experiment are popular and hugely engaging.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB-BBB including grade B in English Literature, English Literature & Language or Creative Writing. Please note, General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

  • Creative Reading
  • Creative Writing
  • Critical Reading and Critical Writing
  • Drama: Stage and Page
  • Star-cross'd Lovers: the Politics of Desire
  • Transforming Visions: Text and Image
  • Transgressive Bodies in Medieval Literature
  • Ways of Reading
  • Style and Genre
  • The Robin Hood Tradition
  • Modernist Fictions
  • Children's Literature: Form and Function
  • Introduction to Romantic Poetry
  • African-American Literature
  • Modernism and the City
  • Gothic Fiction: The Romantic Age
  • Social Politics and National Style: American Fiction and Form, 1920-1940
  • Literature and Science
  • Dickens in Many Media
  • Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Women Writers
  • Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories
  • Contemporary Poetry: Tradition and Innovation
  • Girls
  • Creative Writing: Children's and Young Adult Fiction
  • Creative Writing: Experiments in Fiction
  • Creative Writing: Microfiction
  • Creative Writing: Poetry l
  • Creative Writing: Playwriting - Stage and Radio
  • Creative Writing: Screenwriting
  • Creative Writing: Poetry II
  • Creative Writing: The Short Story
  • Object Women in Literature and Film
  • Renaissance Poetry, Prose and Drama: The Principal Genres, Issues and Authors
  • Decadent Men, 1890s-1910s: Wilde to Forster
  • Creative Writing: Stories from the Real World -- Narrative
  • Chaucer's Gender Politics: Chivalry, Sex and Subversion in the Canterbury Tales
  • Contemporary British Fictions
  • Experimental Early Modern Drama
  • Writing Mourning
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Jane Austen in Context
  • ENCAP Employability Module
  •  Creative Writing Project
  • The Graphic Memoir
  • Fictive Histories/Historical Fictions
  • Hitchcock
  • Modern Drama: Page, Stage, Screen
  • Gender and Monstrosity: Late/Neo Victorian
  • Utopia: Suffrage to Cyberpunk
  • Second-generation Romantic Poets
  • Bluestockings, Britannia, Unsexed Females: Women in Public Life, 1770-1800
  • Gothic Fiction: The Victorians
  • Poetry in the Making: Modern Literary Manuscripts
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Visions of Past and Future in Children's Literature
  • Island Stories: Literatures of the North Atlantic
  • Medieval Romance: Monsters and Magic
  • John Milton
  • The American Short Story
  • Apocalypse Then and Now
  • Criminal Shakespeare
  • Scandal and Outrage: Controversial Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
  • Representing Race in Contemporary America
  • Love, Death and Marriage in Renaissance Drama
  • Visuality, Culture and Technology

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £17,700

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge and understanding

  • Awareness of different literary periods, movements and genres and of the variety of English literature.
  • Understanding of the importance of historical and cultural contexts.
  • Ability to sustain a critical argument that is responsive to the workings of language and literary styles.
  • Awareness of the bibliographic conventions of the discipline and their role in communicating information.
  • Knowledge of the critical issues and/or debates surrounding or raised by texts.
  • Understanding of the shaping effects of historical and cultural circumstances on the production and meaning of texts.
  • Knowledge of appropriate critical vocabulary and terminology.
  • An awareness of editorial approaches and processes.
  • Understanding, through reading and your own practice, of the key elements of different forms of writing.
  • Ability to produce original literary work in a variety of forms and genres.
  • An awareness of tone, register, structure, genre and audience in your own writing.

Intellectual skills

  • Ability to handle complex ideas with clarity.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret material drawn from a diversity of literary periods.
  • Ability to apply high level critical skills of close analysis to literary texts.
  • Ability to select and organise material purposefully and cogently.
  • Ability to use the views of others in the development and enhancement of practice; formulate considered practical responses to the critical judgements of others, while developing a generous yet rigorous critical scrutiny in peer review and workshop activities.

Professional Practical Skills

  • Advanced communication skills (written and oral).
  • Ability to give an efficient critical evaluation of documents in various styles.
  • Ability to give oral and written feedback on others’ work.
  • Ability to access, use and evaluate electronic data.
  • Ability to interact effectively with others, in team or group work situations.

Transferable skills

  • Ability to handle complex ideas with clarity.
  • Ability to select and organise material purposefully and cogently.
  • Plan, organize, and deliver work to a deadline.
  • Initiate and take responsibility for independent projects.
  • Respond creatively and imaginatively to research tasks.

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