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BA (Hons)

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3 years School of English and Journalism Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BBC (or equivalent qualifications) Q300 3 years School of English and Journalism Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points) (or equivalent qualifications) Q300

93% of students on BA (Hons) English stated they were satisfied overall with their course in the National Student Survey 2017.

Introduction

The BA (Hons) English degree at the University of Lincoln explores a lively and varied collection of texts within their historical and theoretical contexts, from Shakespeare and the Renaissance to postcolonialism and postmodernism.

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to consider literature from a variety of theoretical, historical and cultural perspectives. The course combines historical breadth in modules on Victorian literature, Modernism, Romanticism and contemporary writing, with global reach through attention to American authors and world literatures.

There are opportunities to explore poetry, fiction, drama and less traditional literary forms, such as life writing and graphic novels. Students can choose to develop a portfolio of creative writing pieces, as well as study texts from other creative industries including film, television and advertising.

A broad range of topics enable students to pursue areas of particular interest while developing critical-thinking skills in individual research projects.

Our English academics are engaged in research which directly informs their teaching. There are particular strengths in 21st Century literature, 19th Century literature, Gothic studies and drama. Current research projects include studies on Shakespeare, women’s life writing, literary reactions to early photography, utopian theatre and ecogothic.

How You Study

The first year introduces students to narrative, poetry, drama, popular culture, literary history and literary criticism.

In year two, optional modules enable students to choose topics such as American literature, Restoration literature and creative writing.

In the final year, students can pursue specialist modules such as the literature of childhood, Irish writing, ‘madness’ in literature, science fiction, ecocriticism and Gothic literature and film. Students will also undertake a dissertation on a topic of their choice.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of English and Journalism Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

Applicants will also be required to have at least three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English.

Mature students with extensive relevant experience will be selected on individual merit. All relevant work experience should be noted on the application form.

If you would like further information about entry requirements or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097 or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Drama Theatre Performance (Core)

This module introduces students to the distinctive characteristics of drama, theatre, and performance as both literary forms and as performance practices. Students are encouraged to think about the relationship between written scripts and embodied live or recorded performance. The module explores key drama, theatre and performance concepts, such as theatre semiotics, performance spaces, audience and spectatorship, and the performance of identity.

Early Victorian Literature: Rebellion and Reform (Core)

The early Victorian period saw some of the most formative changes in modern history: the industrial revolution, the achievement of mass literacy, the rise of class conflict, the growth of freedoms for women, and the increase of religious doubt. Literature of the era both reflected these upheavals, and sought to intervene in shaping how the public responded to them. Students will have the opportunity to read texts of the period by writers such as Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Robert Browning and Christina Rossetti, and Chartist poets, placing them in their cultural context.

Introduction to Literary Studies (Core)

Students will be taught a range of skills that will encourage them to produce good quality work appropriate for the study of English at degree level. In particular, how to construct a persuasive argument, effective ways in which to engage with primary, secondary, and theoretical sources, and the application of research skills form the focus of the module.

Introduction to Narrative (Core)

Narrative is everywhere in our lives: in books, on TV, in history, on the news, on social media, in our conversations and in our heads. This module aims to give students an understanding of how stories work, using the insights that have originated and developed from structuralist theory. Contemporary British fiction by writers such as Kate Atkinson, Hanif Kureishi, Irvine Welsh, Ian McEwan and Ali Smith will be used to introduce a set of critical concepts for the analysis of narrative fiction.

Introduction to Poetry (Core)

This module looks at what makes poetic language different from 'normal' language, at how poets use the sounds and meanings of words, and at how poetry can be used to refresh, change or question our understanding of the world. We look at a range of poetry in English from nursery rhymes to rap and from the 14th century to the 21st. Our aim is to enable students to discuss poetry with confidence, accuracy and clarity, and, we hope, to enjoy more fully “the only art form that you can carry around in your head in its original form”.

Introduction to Popular Culture (Core)

This module aims to provide students with a critical and theoretical vocabulary that will enable them to explore a range of twentieth century cultural activities. Students will be encouraged to read not only traditionally marginalised literary genres such as romance, crime fiction, science fiction and the comic book but also ‘texts’ from other cultural realms such as film, television, news, fashion, advertising, music TV, radio and magazines.

Late Victorian to Edwardian Literature: Decadence, Degeneration and the Long Edwardian Summer (Core)

The late Victorian and Edwardian period (leading up to the Great War) is characterised by anxiety – about the self, society and the empire. Writers become preoccupied with decadence (personal and social), crime, sexuality, the changing status of women and the implications of scientific developments. This is also the period that sees the birth of modern literary forms: the short story, science fiction, the detective novel, children's literature, and fiction about the supernatural. These and other themes are examined through the works of writers such as Oscar Wilde, H.G. Wells, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Robert Louis Stevenson and Bram Stoker.

Making Americans (Core)

An introduction to the study of American culture, this module is concerned with fiction, drama and poetry, together with examples of film, television and historical documents. It looks at constructions of American identity through a series of interlinked studies, including ‘the Frontier’, ‘African American Experiences’, ‘Migrations’, ‘Gender Issues’ and ‘Horror Genres’.

Level 2

After The End: Reading the Apocalypse (Option)

This module explores apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic texts using a range of novels, short stories, poems and films. Lectures will establish cultural and historical contexts and address issues such as form and genre. The module will explore a range of significant periods from early Judeo-Christian fears regarding the purging moral apocalypse, through Romantic preoccupations with nature and industrialisation, postmodernism and more contemporary concerns about viral or cybernetic apocalypse. We will draw from a range of disciplines including literary theory, psychoanalysis, cultural theory, philosophy and trauma theory.

American Literature I (Option)

This module explores the nineteenth-century literature of the USA, chiefly focusing on fiction and poetry. Authors covered include Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Walt Whitman and Willa Cather, among others.

American Literature II (Option)

This module covers a broad range of twentieth-century American fiction and poetry. Beginning with Fitzgerald, other authors studied include Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace.

Arthur and His Court (Option)

This module examines Arthurian narratives, myths, and traditions within a variety of contexts and media, and traces a variety of themes associated with Arthur and his court, including history and national identity; violence; kingship and rule; loyalty and betrayal; love, sex, and gender roles.

Students will be expected to assess the importance of a myth that spans more than a millennium and address how medieval texts made meaning within their specific socio-cultural situations, as well as how later periods make meaning through their deployment of the medieval in new contexts.

British Medieval Literature (Option)

This module examines key British medieval texts, primarily in Middle English, from the High and Late Middle Ages (that is, from approximately the twelfth century to fifteenth century). It explores the breadth of literary activity in the period through a variety of genres--such as debate poetry, ethnographies, beast fables, romance, dream visions, satire, devotional and mystical writings, and mystery plays--and the evolution of a new form of English (the precursor of modern English), revealing that the medieval period is, in truth, a far cry from the misnomer by which it is often identified, the ‘dark ages’.

Class, Power and Performance on Stage and Screen (Option)

This module draws on the renewed interest in the 21st century in social class by analysing classed identities on stage, TV and in film in a variety of largely iconic texts of the 20th and 21st-centuries. The module begins in the mid-20th century, focusing particularly on the implications of aesthetic form and genre for class construction and performance. Examples of forms, genres and styles include social realism, kitchen-sink drama, the TV sitcom, post-Brechtian, experimental and post-dramatic texts as well as genres such as crime and horror. Key figurations of classed identity include: ‘angry young (wo)men’; the ‘working class Tory’; screen mediations of ‘we’re all middle class now’; ‘upper-class decadence’; the figure of the ‘chav’; ‘prole’ or ‘poverty porn’ and social abjection.

Dis-Locations: the Literature of Late Capitalism (Core)

Fragmentation, uncertainty and conflict characterise a world in aftermath of war, at end of empire, and at the beginning of a period of radical social and cultural change. This module aims to chart the emergence of the contemporary world from these fractured beginnings through an introduction to British literature of the period 1950–2000. From the post-war Windrush migration to the rise of the historical novel at the turn of the millennium, the Angry Young Men to new feminist perspectives and postcolonialism, this module explores relevant theoretical perspectives on the late 20th Century and encourages an appreciation of the relationship between texts and their social, political and cultural contexts.

Making It New: An Introduction to Literary Modernism (Core)

In this module students will have the opportunity to explore the early twentieth century, one of the most creative periods in English literature, when writers like James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence were challenging conventional ways of writing and reading, and rewriting how we experience and understand the world and ourselves. Required reading will include some of the most powerful works from the modern movement between 1910 and 1940 including James Joyce’s Ulysses and T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land.

Postcolonialism (Core)

This module examines literary representations of the world that emerge from the history of European exploration and expansion, and considers literary responses from groups that were marginalized through imperialism. Students will be encouraged to look at the treatment by white writers of issues of race and empire in the early twentieth century. They will also have the opportunity to explore ways in which postcolonial literatures develop strategies of 'writing back' to the imperial centre and re-thinking identity in terms of race, gender and nation. The final section offers a study of postcolonial Britain and some global implications of postcolonial writing.

Renaissance Literature (Option)

Students studying Renaissance Literature have the opportunity to look in detail at a range of texts from the late Elizabethan period to the mid-1630s, including work by Shakespeare, John Donne, Ben Jonson, and Mary Wroth. They also have the chance to explore the historical and cultural contexts in which these texts were produced, and the effects that they had on the politics and culture of the British Isles in the period. Lectures aim to examine post-Reformation England and late humanism, patronage, gender relations, early modern literary theory, education, and philosophy.

Restoration Literature (Option)

Students taking Restoration Literature, the companion module to Renaissance Literature, can study in detail a range of texts written between the era of the English Civil War and the first decade of the eighteenth century, including work by John Milton, Andrew Marvell, Aphra Behn, and John Wilmot, the 2nd Earl of Rochester. Students will have the opportunity to also study the historical and cultural contexts in which these texts were produced. Lectures aim to examine the origins and effects of the civil war, the ethics of rebellion and reform, the Restoration theatre, religious controversies, gender relations, developing philosophical thought, and Restoration manners.

Study Period Abroad - English (Option)

This module provides an opportunity for English students to spend a semester at second level studying at one of the University’s partner institutions, developing academically and personally. During the semester abroad students undertake a course load at the partner institution of equivalent standard to that of one semester of the programme at Lincoln. Participation in study abroad also offers unique opportunities for personal student development in the wider sense, taking in cultural, sporting and social opportunities.

In order to participate, students are usually expected to obtain a 2:1 or higher at Level 1, have a good record of attendance and participation, and must complete an application process. A limited number of places will be available each year, and participation is at the discretion of the Module Co-ordinator and the Programme Leader.

The Creative Process (Option)

This creative writing module gives students the opportunity to read and practise different forms and genres of writing ranging from the realist novel to fantasy fiction, the short story, politically committed poetry, the radio play and the stage play. Such issues as the creation of character, dialogue, narrative and plotting and other aspects of creative writing such as drafting, editing, revising, proof-reading and adaptation will be explored. By the end of this module, students will have produced a creative piece(s) ready to submit for assessment.

Theory Wars (Core)

This module considers the range of theories that we can use when we read and think about literature. Students will have the opportunity to study psychoanalysis, feminism, Marxism and postmodernism, among others, to think about why and how we structure meaning and interpretation in certain ways. We consider questions such as ‘what is an author?’, ‘what is gender?’ and ‘why do certain things frighten us?’ through theorists such as Roland Barthes, Judith Butler and Sigmund Freud.

Writing Portfolio (Option)

This companion module to The Creative Process gives students the freedom to work within whatever genres they choose and put together a portfolio of their own creative writing. This might take the form of one long piece or of several shorter pieces. The notion of ‘work in progress’ that is developed through to completion will be the basis of this module.

Level 3

American Detective Fiction and Film: 1930 to the Present Day (Option)

Why have detective narratives proved so enduringly popular? This module will interrogate the iconic figure of the private eye in American popular culture, through the fiction and film of the twentieth and twenty-first century.

Contemporary Drama (Option)

This is a study of drama and performance from the late 1960s to the contemporary moment, and involves a consideration of plays by playwrights including Tom Stoppard, Pam Gems, Eve Ensler, Sarah Kane, Caryl Churchill, Robin Soans and debbie tucker green. Topics emphasised include political theatre, postdramatic theatre, verbatim theatre, in-yer-face theatre, and issues of censorship. This module is taught through workshops involving both academic discussion and practical work.

Gothic in Literature and Film (Option)

Monsters and attics, desolate landscapes, imprisonment and pursuit: the gothic genre emerged in the late eighteenth century to depict our darkest fears and desires. Termed 'the literature of nightmare', gothic departs from a realistic mode of representation and employs a powerful means of symbolic expression. Students are given the opportunity to investigate ways in which the genre has explored psychological and political anxieties, and themes of sexual and social transgression. We consider literary texts from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, including literature and film, and we give attention to sub-genres such as ‘female gothic’, ‘imperial gothic’ and ‘children’s gothic’.

Growing Up and Growing Old: Youth and Age across the Nineteenth Century (Option)

This module explores what it meant to grow up and to grow old in the nineteenth century, through often contradictory accounts of experiencing age categories from childhood to old age.

Students will have the opportunity to examine various constructions of ageing, to reflect on age as a crucial facet of identity. This module considers age as a lens to explore the nineteenth century as a transitional period of growth and expansion as well as decay and decline, through a range of Romantic and Victorian texts.

Independent Study: Creative Writing (Option)

The dissertation in creative writing provides students with the opportunity to write an extensive piece of work of 8000 words (or 20 pages/200 lines of poetry) together with a 2000-word self-reflexive critique. The choice of form, style, genre, etc. is up to the student.

Skills developed at level 2 can be further enhanced through the dissertation; these include the structuring of an extended piece from an initial idea, the drafting process, editing, and mastery of the particular genre in which they have chosen to work. This close engagement with literary production as a practical exercise not only helps students develop an effective writing style but, by placing them in the position of the author, also deepens their understanding of literature in general.

Independent Study: English (Option)

In this module students, having first submitted a research proposal and had it agreed by the module convenor, have the opportunity to research in depth an author or topic of their choosing.

Students are expected to commence research over the summer between Levels 2 and 3 and, on their return, have regular, one-to-one meetings with a tutor who is a research specialist in that field. The supervisor offers advice and direction, but primarily this module encourages independent research leading to the production of a 10,000 word dissertation.

Irish Writing since 1900 (Option)

This module is designed to examine how terms such as Ireland and Irishness have been constructed and questioned across the last century, a period of immense and often turbulent historical and social change. It aims to explore the representation of place, the nature of nationalism, the changing family unit, gender roles and Ireland's relationship to globalization in Irish poetry, drama and fiction.

Life Writing (Option)

This module responds to the recent interest in the representation of lives within literary studies. It discusses a range of life representations (including biography, autobiography, letters, confessions, memoirs, and poems) from the Romantic period to the contemporary moment. Students may consider the origins of autobiography, address Modernist experiments with life representations, and discuss twentieth-century and contemporary innovations, including disability narratives and cross-cultural autobiographies. Themes such as the construction of selfhood, conceptions of memory, the relational self, and the ethics of life writing are addressed.

Literature and the Environment (Option)

The first principle of ecological thinking is that it is not only human beings that are meaningful, and that we are neither so separate from, nor so dominant over, the non-human as we tend to think. In this module we explore what difference it makes to read literature from this perspective. We study literature as part of our complex interaction with our environment, and, perhaps sometimes, as a uniquely valuable one. We will be reading texts from ancient Greek pastoral to contemporary dystopias, and from the poet John Clare to the woodland historian Oliver Rackham.

Literature, Film and Gender (Option)

This module explores a wide range of gender topics (masculinities, the backlash against feminism, crossdressing, queer theory, and transgendering) through a variety of literary texts and films. Shakespeare, Ibsen, Hardy, and Woolf, are considered alongside more popular fiction by writers such as Susanna Moore, and films, including Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and The Crying Game.

Madness, The Body, Literature (Option)

This module looks at long 20th century fiction and culture through the lens of discourses of madness and wellness. Students will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of trends in psychiatric and therapeutic cultures on display in a range of American and British literature from the fin-de-siècle to the contemporary. We look at writers such as Sigmund Freud, Ken Kesey, Rebecca West and Siri Hustvedt, alongside theoretical work by figures such as R.D Laing and Jean-Paul Sartre.

Monsters and Violence in Middle English Romance (Option)

This module explores the representation of East-West contact in Middle English romances, with a particular emphasis on the interlacement of racial and ethnic otherness and on different types of violence, from martial exploits and religious coercion to rape and cannibalism.

Students will have the chance to experience the breadth of the romance genre—its many thematic and topical branches, and its many sub-genres and their respective conventions—as well as insight to the actual act of crusading, and the cultural and social crises that arose from this act.

Postmodernism: Apocalypse and Genesis 1967-2000 (Option)

This module will explore the nature of the contemporary through analysis of selected literary texts. The initial date, 1967, has been chosen as it marks a point of transition from a post-war world based upon a liberal consensus to a time of radical uncertainty, extreme and experimental forms of expression, the breakdown of notions of realism in all the arts, sciences and philosophy. Literature, alongside the radicalisation of all intellectual concepts, including reason and common-sense, has played a significant role in debating, illustrating, and disseminating these new ways of thinking both in terms of form and content.

Science Fiction (Option)

This module considers the genre of modern science fiction (SF) and its evolution into one of today’s most popular narrative genres. Analysing a variety of forms – novel, short story, drama, graphic novel and film – students will have the opportunity to examine the socio-historical contexts of some of the most influential narratives of this period: from the emergence of “scientific romance” in the late nineteenth century, to late twentieth-century forms like cyberpunk and radical fantasy; from the problems of defining “genre fictions” and privileging SF over fantasy, to our enduring fascination with alternate histories, non-human agents (robots, animals, genetic hybrids, the environment), ecocatastrophe and post-apocalypse.

Sex, Texts and Politics: Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (Option)

This module concentrates on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, with a particular emphasis on The Canterbury Tales, perhaps Chaucer’s most famous work.

Students will have the opportunity to examine the General Prologue and a variety of tales in relation to their historical context and literary antecedents, and, throughout, specific attention will be given to questions of genre (ranging from fable and epic to satire and romance), literary authority, narrative construction, and medieval aesthetics.

Southern Accents (Option)

This optional module explores representations of the southern states of America in prose fiction, film, drama and music. In the first section southern stereotypes and ‘resistant’ representations, produced by southerners and others, are examined in relation to social, political and historical contexts. This is followed by a section on African American representations of the south. Finally, a section on music and vernacular traditions explores the influence of the south on American popular music. Students are encouraged to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to examine questions of regional identity in a wide range of texts.

The Literature of Childhood (Option)

This module explores how childhood is constructed in a wide range of literary texts – texts by adults for adults, by adults for children, and by children themselves. Underpinning the module is the notion of ‘childhood’ as a cultural construct into which writers invest various, even contradictory, meanings. Students have the opportunity to explore texts by adults who idealise or demonise the child to suit their personal and philosophical agendas. Students may then analyse the mixture of didactic and therapeutic agendas in enduring genres of children’s literature such as the fairytale, adventure story and cautionary tale. Finally, we turn to children as authors in a study of juvenilia.

The Making of English Literature: Georgian Literature, 1710-1832 (Core)

Students reading Georgian Literature have the opportunity to study a selection of canonical and less well-known texts from the period and explore the historical and cultural context of their production. The module discusses developments in the novel from Daniel Defoe to Jane Austen and innovations in poetry from Alexander Pope to Romantic writers such as William Wordsworth. Important themes include satire, sensibility, the Gothic, popular and polite culture, authorship, and Georgian theatre. Contextual discussion focuses on the ‘construction’ of nation, gender, class and empire, and the relationship of British literature to the Enlightenment and to Revolution.

Twenty-First Century British Fiction (Option)

This module aims to explore new thematic trends, stylistic innovations and cultural developments in post-millennial British fiction, including a focus on globalizing processes, transnational migration and digital technology.

The module also addresses the development (and rethinking of the concepts) of gender and class in literature of the period and account for the continuing importance of the literary form in an age of digital publishing.

Women’s Writing and Feminist Theory (Option)

A diverse range of prose, poetry, and drama written by women from the eighteenth century to the present is considered alongside key concepts in feminist theory and the history of the women’s movement. Writers range from Mary Wollstonecraft to Zora Neale Hurston to Jeanette Winterson. Topics range from the feminine aesthetic and French feminism to feminist utopianism and cyberfeminism.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

Students with interests in creative writing and contemporary literature may benefit from readings and masterclasses by published authors. In the past these have included Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy.

Activities such as play readings and film showings have previously been available on this course. Field trips have included a visit to Newstead Abbey, former home of the poet Lord Byron.

Field trips are optional and participation on trips will not impact upon grades awarded on this programme. The costs of transport and entry fees, where applicable, are covered by the School. Students are, however, expected to cover their own subsistence costs whilst attending field trips.

Placements

Students have the option of spending a term of their second year at a university abroad. This placement enables students to gain an insight into alternative approaches to the study of their subject and can offer the opportunity to experience another culture and living abroad.

Previous student exchange arrangements have included universities in Ryerson, Toronto; Auburn, Alabama; Juniata, Pennsylvania; the State University of New York, Oneonta; Mainz, Germany and Nijmegen in Holland.

Study abroad opportunities within the EU

Students on this course will have the opportunity to study at a partner institution within Europe as part of this course. Additional information, including costs relating to this opportunity, which is optional, can be found here
https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/erasmusopportunties/.

Study abroad outside of Europe

Exchange students applying to study outside of Europe do not pay tuition fees at their host university.

Participants will usually be responsible for all other costs themselves including travel, accommodation, visas, insurance, vaccinations and administrative fees at the host institution.

Students who undertake an exchange keep their entitlement to UK sources of funding such as student loans and should apply to their awarding body in the normal way, indicating that they will be studying abroad.

If your time away is a mandatory part of your degree programme, you may be entitled to extra funding. You should ask your funding body about this.

You may also be able to apply to your Local Education Authority or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for further funding to assist with travel expenses. Please contact them for further information.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

This course aims to enable students to develop skills in reading closely and discriminately, writing concisely, presenting complex information in a confident manner and thinking critically.

Many go on to careers in publishing, journalism, advertising, public relations, the civil service and communications. Some continue their studies at postgraduate level and others have undertaken qualifications in teaching.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Other Costs

Students on this course are expected to obtain their own copies of primary texts indicated for use and discussion in seminars (where available) and will be responsible for any additional costs incurred.

Related Courses

Our BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre degree puts the creativity of performance at centre stage and aims to prepare students for a range of careers in the theatre and media, both on and off stage.
The BA (Hons) Film and Television degree is taught by research-active academics working in a variety of fields including national and heritage cinema, gender and sexuality, minority representation, children's TV, and shlock cinema.
The BA (Hons) History degree at the University of Lincoln is distinctive in the breadth of topics that students can choose to study. These include British, European and American history, from the Roman Empire to the end of the 20th Century.
On the BA (Hons) Journalism degree students are encouraged to put journalistic theory into practice and have opportunities to produce news content to a professional standard while exploring the ethical and legal considerations of the industry.
The BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing degree at Lincoln combines the study of great world literature with the opportunity for students to write their own original work.

Introduction

The BA (Hons) English degree at the University of Lincoln explores a lively and varied collection of texts within their historical and theoretical contexts, from Medieval literature and the Renaissance to postcolonialism and postmodernism.

Throughout the course students are encouraged to consider literature within a variety of theoretical, historical and cultural contexts. There are opportunities to study Victorian literature, Modernism, Romanticism and contemporary writing from a global perspective.

There are opportunities to explore poetry, fiction, drama and less traditional literary forms, such as life writing and graphic novels. Students can choose to develop a portfolio of creative writing pieces, as well as study texts from other creative industries including film, television and advertising.

A broad range of topics enable students to pursue areas of particular interest while developing critical-thinking skills in individual research projects.

Many of our English academics are engaged in research which directly informs their teaching. There are particular strengths in 21st Century literature, 19th Century literature, Gothic studies and drama. Current research projects include studies on Shakespeare, women’s life writing, literary reactions to early photography, utopian theatre and ecogothic.

Literary study at Lincoln is enhanced by talks by visiting speakers and contemporary writers, which have previously included Dame Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate and Visiting Artist at the University of Lincoln.

How You Study

The first year introduces narrative, poetry, drama, popular culture, literary history and literary criticism. In year two, optional modules include American Literature, Restoration Literature and Creative Writing. There are opportunities to study abroad for one term. Students who do so are responsible for any associated travel, accommodation and general living costs.

In the final year, students can pursue specialist subjects such as the literature of childhood, Irish writing, science fiction, ecocriticism, and Gothic literature and film. Students are required to undertake
a dissertation on a topic of their choice.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of English and Journalism Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2018-19

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits to include 30 at merit or above.

Applicants will also be required to have at least three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English.

Mature students with extensive relevant experience will be selected on individual merit. All relevant work experience should be noted on the application form.

If you would like further information about entry requirements or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097 or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Drama Theatre Performance (Core)

This module introduces students to the distinctive characteristics of drama, theatre, and performance as both literary forms and as performance practices. Students are encouraged to think about the relationship between written scripts and embodied live or recorded performance. The module explores key drama, theatre and performance concepts, such as theatre semiotics, performance spaces, audience and spectatorship, and the performance of identity.

Early Victorian Literature: Rebellion and Reform (Core)

The early Victorian period saw some of the most formative changes in modern history: the industrial revolution, the achievement of mass literacy, the rise of class conflict, the growth of freedoms for women, and the increase of religious doubt. Literature of the era both reflected these upheavals, and sought to intervene in shaping how the public responded to them. Students will have the opportunity to read texts of the period by writers such as Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Robert Browning and Christina Rossetti, and Chartist poets, placing them in their cultural context.

Introduction to Literary Studies (Core)

Students will be taught a range of skills that will encourage them to produce good quality work appropriate for the study of English at degree level. In particular, how to construct a persuasive argument, effective ways in which to engage with primary, secondary, and theoretical sources, and the application of research skills form the focus of the module.

Introduction to Narrative (Core)

Narrative is everywhere in our lives: in books, on TV, in history, on the news, on social media, in our conversations and in our heads. This module aims to give students an understanding of how stories work, using the insights that have originated and developed from structuralist theory. Contemporary British fiction by writers such as Kate Atkinson, Hanif Kureishi, Irvine Welsh, Ian McEwan and Ali Smith will be used to introduce a set of critical concepts for the analysis of narrative fiction.

Introduction to Poetry (Core)

This module looks at what makes poetic language different from 'normal' language, at how poets use the sounds and meanings of words, and at how poetry can be used to refresh, change or question our understanding of the world. We look at a range of poetry in English from nursery rhymes to rap and from the 14th century to the 21st. Our aim is to enable students to discuss poetry with confidence, accuracy and clarity, and, we hope, to enjoy more fully “the only art form that you can carry around in your head in its original form”.

Introduction to Popular Culture (Core)

This module aims to provide students with a critical and theoretical vocabulary that will enable them to explore a range of twentieth century cultural activities. Students will be encouraged to read not only traditionally marginalised literary genres such as romance, crime fiction, science fiction and the comic book but also ‘texts’ from other cultural realms such as film, television, news, fashion, advertising, music TV, radio and magazines.

Late Victorian to Edwardian Literature: Decadence, Degeneration and the Long Edwardian Summer (Core)

The late Victorian and Edwardian period (leading up to the Great War) is characterised by anxiety – about the self, society and the empire. Writers become preoccupied with decadence (personal and social), crime, sexuality, the changing status of women and the implications of scientific developments. This is also the period that sees the birth of modern literary forms: the short story, science fiction, the detective novel, children's literature, and fiction about the supernatural. These and other themes are examined through the works of writers such as Oscar Wilde, H.G. Wells, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Robert Louis Stevenson and Bram Stoker.

Making Americans (Core)

An introduction to the study of American culture, this module is concerned with fiction, drama and poetry, together with examples of film, television and historical documents. It looks at constructions of American identity through a series of interlinked studies, including ‘the Frontier’, ‘African American Experiences’, ‘Migrations’, ‘Gender Issues’ and ‘Horror Genres’.

Level 2

After The End: Reading the Apocalypse (Option)

This module explores apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic texts using a range of novels, short stories, poems and films. Lectures will establish cultural and historical contexts and address issues such as form and genre. The module will explore a range of significant periods from early Judeo-Christian fears regarding the purging moral apocalypse, through Romantic preoccupations with nature and industrialisation, postmodernism and more contemporary concerns about viral or cybernetic apocalypse. We will draw from a range of disciplines including literary theory, psychoanalysis, cultural theory, philosophy and trauma theory.

American Literature I (Option)

This module explores the nineteenth-century literature of the USA, chiefly focusing on fiction and poetry. Authors covered include Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Walt Whitman and Willa Cather, among others.

American Literature II (Option)

This module covers a broad range of twentieth-century American fiction and poetry. Beginning with Fitzgerald, other authors studied include Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace.

Arthur and His Court (Option)

This module examines Arthurian narratives, myths, and traditions within a variety of contexts and media, and traces a variety of themes associated with Arthur and his court, including history and national identity; violence; kingship and rule; loyalty and betrayal; love, sex, and gender roles.

Students will be expected to assess the importance of a myth that spans more than a millennium and address how medieval texts made meaning within their specific socio-cultural situations, as well as how later periods make meaning through their deployment of the medieval in new contexts.

British Medieval Literature (Option)

This module examines key British medieval texts, primarily in Middle English, from the High and Late Middle Ages (that is, from approximately the twelfth century to fifteenth century). It explores the breadth of literary activity in the period through a variety of genres--such as debate poetry, ethnographies, beast fables, romance, dream visions, satire, devotional and mystical writings, and mystery plays--and the evolution of a new form of English (the precursor of modern English), revealing that the medieval period is, in truth, a far cry from the misnomer by which it is often identified, the ‘dark ages’.

Class, Power and Performance on Stage and Screen (Option)

This module draws on the renewed interest in the 21st century in social class by analysing classed identities on stage, TV and in film in a variety of largely iconic texts of the 20th and 21st-centuries. The module begins in the mid-20th century, focusing particularly on the implications of aesthetic form and genre for class construction and performance. Examples of forms, genres and styles include social realism, kitchen-sink drama, the TV sitcom, post-Brechtian, experimental and post-dramatic texts as well as genres such as crime and horror. Key figurations of classed identity include: ‘angry young (wo)men’; the ‘working class Tory’; screen mediations of ‘we’re all middle class now’; ‘upper-class decadence’; the figure of the ‘chav’; ‘prole’ or ‘poverty porn’ and social abjection.

Dis-Locations: the Literature of Late Capitalism (Core)

Fragmentation, uncertainty and conflict characterise a world in aftermath of war, at end of empire, and at the beginning of a period of radical social and cultural change. This module aims to chart the emergence of the contemporary world from these fractured beginnings through an introduction to British literature of the period 1950–2000. From the post-war Windrush migration to the rise of the historical novel at the turn of the millennium, the Angry Young Men to new feminist perspectives and postcolonialism, this module explores relevant theoretical perspectives on the late 20th Century and encourages an appreciation of the relationship between texts and their social, political and cultural contexts.

Making It New: An Introduction to Literary Modernism (Core)

In this module students will have the opportunity to explore the early twentieth century, one of the most creative periods in English literature, when writers like James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence were challenging conventional ways of writing and reading, and rewriting how we experience and understand the world and ourselves. Required reading will include some of the most powerful works from the modern movement between 1910 and 1940 including James Joyce’s Ulysses and T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land.

Postcolonialism (Core)

This module examines literary representations of the world that emerge from the history of European exploration and expansion, and considers literary responses from groups that were marginalized through imperialism. Students will be encouraged to look at the treatment by white writers of issues of race and empire in the early twentieth century. They will also have the opportunity to explore ways in which postcolonial literatures develop strategies of 'writing back' to the imperial centre and re-thinking identity in terms of race, gender and nation. The final section offers a study of postcolonial Britain and some global implications of postcolonial writing.

Renaissance Literature (Option)

Students studying Renaissance Literature have the opportunity to look in detail at a range of texts from the late Elizabethan period to the mid-1630s, including work by Shakespeare, John Donne, Ben Jonson, and Mary Wroth. They also have the chance to explore the historical and cultural contexts in which these texts were produced, and the effects that they had on the politics and culture of the British Isles in the period. Lectures aim to examine post-Reformation England and late humanism, patronage, gender relations, early modern literary theory, education, and philosophy.

Restoration Literature (Option)

Students taking Restoration Literature, the companion module to Renaissance Literature, can study in detail a range of texts written between the era of the English Civil War and the first decade of the eighteenth century, including work by John Milton, Andrew Marvell, Aphra Behn, and John Wilmot, the 2nd Earl of Rochester. Students will have the opportunity to also study the historical and cultural contexts in which these texts were produced. Lectures aim to examine the origins and effects of the civil war, the ethics of rebellion and reform, the Restoration theatre, religious controversies, gender relations, developing philosophical thought, and Restoration manners.

Study Period Abroad - English (Option)

This module provides an opportunity for English students to spend a semester at second level studying at one of the University’s partner institutions, developing academically and personally. During the semester abroad students undertake a course load at the partner institution of equivalent standard to that of one semester of the programme at Lincoln. Participation in study abroad also offers unique opportunities for personal student development in the wider sense, taking in cultural, sporting and social opportunities.

In order to participate, students are usually expected to obtain a 2:1 or higher at Level 1, have a good record of attendance and participation, and must complete an application process. A limited number of places will be available each year, and participation is at the discretion of the Module Co-ordinator and the Programme Leader.

The Creative Process (Option)

This creative writing module gives students the opportunity to read and practise different forms and genres of writing ranging from the realist novel to fantasy fiction, the short story, politically committed poetry, the radio play and the stage play. Such issues as the creation of character, dialogue, narrative and plotting and other aspects of creative writing such as drafting, editing, revising, proof-reading and adaptation will be explored. By the end of this module, students will have produced a creative piece(s) ready to submit for assessment.

Theory Wars (Core)

This module considers the range of theories that we can use when we read and think about literature. Students will have the opportunity to study psychoanalysis, feminism, Marxism and postmodernism, among others, to think about why and how we structure meaning and interpretation in certain ways. We consider questions such as ‘what is an author?’, ‘what is gender?’ and ‘why do certain things frighten us?’ through theorists such as Roland Barthes, Judith Butler and Sigmund Freud.

Writing Portfolio (Option)

This companion module to The Creative Process gives students the freedom to work within whatever genres they choose and put together a portfolio of their own creative writing. This might take the form of one long piece or of several shorter pieces. The notion of ‘work in progress’ that is developed through to completion will be the basis of this module.

Level 3

American Detective Fiction and Film: 1930 to the Present Day (Option)

Why have detective narratives proved so enduringly popular? This module will interrogate the iconic figure of the private eye in American popular culture, through the fiction and film of the twentieth and twenty-first century.

Contemporary Drama (Option)

This is a study of drama and performance from the late 1960s to the contemporary moment, and involves a consideration of plays by playwrights including Tom Stoppard, Pam Gems, Eve Ensler, Sarah Kane, Caryl Churchill, Robin Soans and debbie tucker green. Topics emphasised include political theatre, postdramatic theatre, verbatim theatre, in-yer-face theatre, and issues of censorship. This module is taught through workshops involving both academic discussion and practical work.

Gothic in Literature and Film (Option)

Monsters and attics, desolate landscapes, imprisonment and pursuit: the gothic genre emerged in the late eighteenth century to depict our darkest fears and desires. Termed 'the literature of nightmare', gothic departs from a realistic mode of representation and employs a powerful means of symbolic expression. Students are given the opportunity to investigate ways in which the genre has explored psychological and political anxieties, and themes of sexual and social transgression. We consider literary texts from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, including literature and film, and we give attention to sub-genres such as ‘female gothic’, ‘imperial gothic’ and ‘children’s gothic’.

Growing Up and Growing Old: Youth and Age across the Nineteenth Century (Option)

This module explores what it meant to grow up and to grow old in the nineteenth century, through often contradictory accounts of experiencing age categories from childhood to old age.

Students will have the opportunity to examine various constructions of ageing, to reflect on age as a crucial facet of identity. This module considers age as a lens to explore the nineteenth century as a transitional period of growth and expansion as well as decay and decline, through a range of Romantic and Victorian texts.

Independent Study: Creative Writing (Option)

The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to write an extensive piece of work of 8000 words (or 20 pages/200 lines of poetry) together with a 2000-word critique. The choice of form, style, genre, etc. is up to students' individual preference.

Skills developed at level 2 can be further enhanced through the dissertation; these include the structuring of an extended piece from an initial idea, the drafting process, editing, and mastery of the particular genre in which they have chosen to work. This close engagement with literary production as a practical exercise can not only helps students develop an effective writing style but, by placing them in the position of the author, also aims to deepen their understanding of literature in general.

Independent Study: English (Option)

In this module students have the opportunity to research in depth an author or topic of their choosing. Students are expected to commence research over the summer between Levels 2 and 3 and, on their return, have regular, one-to-one meetings with a tutor who is a research specialist in that field. The supervisor offers advice and direction, but primarily this module encourages independent research leading to the production of a 10,000 word dissertation.

Irish Writing since 1900 (Option)

This module is designed to examine how terms such as Ireland and Irishness have been constructed and questioned across the last century, a period of immense and often turbulent historical and social change. It aims to explore the representation of place, the nature of nationalism, the changing family unit, gender roles and Ireland's relationship to globalization in Irish poetry, drama and fiction.

Life Writing (Option)

This module responds to the recent interest in the representation of lives within literary studies. It discusses a range of life representations (including biography, autobiography, letters, confessions, memoirs, and poems) from the Romantic period to the contemporary moment. Students may consider the origins of autobiography, address Modernist experiments with life representations, and discuss twentieth-century and contemporary innovations, including disability narratives and cross-cultural autobiographies. Themes such as the construction of selfhood, conceptions of memory, the relational self, and the ethics of life writing are addressed.

Literature and the Environment (Option)

The first principle of ecological thinking is that it is not only human beings that are meaningful, and that we are neither so separate from, nor so dominant over, the non-human as we tend to think. In this module students can explore what difference it makes to read literature from this perspective. We study literature as part of our complex interaction with our environment, and, perhaps sometimes, as a uniquely valuable one. Students can read texts from ancient Greek pastoral to contemporary dystopias, and from the poet John Clare to the woodland historian Oliver Rackham.

Literature, Film and Gender (Option)

This module explores a wide range of gender topics (masculinities, the backlash against feminism, crossdressing, queer theory, and transgendering) through a variety of literary texts and films. Shakespeare, Ibsen, Hardy, and Woolf, are considered alongside more popular fiction by writers such as Susanna Moore, and films, including Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and The Crying Game.

Madness, The Body, Literature (Option)

This module looks at long 20th century fiction and culture through the lens of discourses of madness and wellness. Students will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of trends in psychiatric and therapeutic cultures on display in a range of American and British literature from the fin-de-siècle to the contemporary. We look at writers such as Sigmund Freud, Ken Kesey, Rebecca West and Siri Hustvedt, alongside theoretical work by figures such as R.D Laing and Jean-Paul Sartre.

Monsters and Violence in Middle English Romance (Option)

This module explores the representation of East-West contact in Middle English romances, with a particular emphasis on the interlacement of racial and ethnic otherness and on different types of violence, from martial exploits and religious coercion to rape and cannibalism.

Students will have the chance to experience the breadth of the romance genre—its many thematic and topical branches, and its many sub-genres and their respective conventions—as well as insight to the actual act of crusading, and the cultural and social crises that arose from this act.

Postmodernism: Apocalypse and Genesis 1967-2000 (Option)

This module will explore the nature of the contemporary through analysis of selected literary texts. The initial date, 1967, has been chosen as it marks a point of transition from a post-war world based upon a liberal consensus to a time of radical uncertainty, extreme and experimental forms of expression, the breakdown of notions of realism in all the arts, sciences and philosophy. Literature, alongside the radicalisation of all intellectual concepts, including reason and common-sense, has played a significant role in debating, illustrating, and disseminating these new ways of thinking both in terms of form and content.

Science Fiction (Option)

This module considers the genre of modern science fiction and its evolution into one of today’s most popular narrative genres. Analysing a variety of forms – novel, short story, drama, graphic novel and film – students will have the opportunity to examine the socio-historical contexts of some of the most influential narratives of this period.

This ranges from the emergence of “scientific romance” in the late nineteenth century, to late twentieth-century forms like cyberpunk and radical fantasy; from the problems of defining “genre fictions” and privileging science fiction over fantasy, to our enduring fascination with alternate histories, non-human agents (robots, animals, genetic hybrids, the environment), ecocatastrophe and post-apocalypse.

Sex, Texts and Politics: Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (Option)

This module concentrates on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, with a particular emphasis on The Canterbury Tales, perhaps Chaucer’s most famous work.

Students will have the opportunity to examine the General Prologue and a variety of tales in relation to their historical context and literary antecedents, and, throughout, specific attention will be given to questions of genre (ranging from fable and epic to satire and romance), literary authority, narrative construction, and medieval aesthetics.

Southern Accents (Option)

This optional module explores representations of the southern states of America in prose fiction, film, drama and music. In the first section southern stereotypes and ‘resistant’ representations, produced by southerners and others, are examined in relation to social, political and historical contexts. This is followed by a section on African American representations of the south. Finally, a section on music and vernacular traditions explores the influence of the south on American popular music. Students are encouraged to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to examine questions of regional identity in a wide range of texts.

The Literature of Childhood (Option)

This module explores how childhood is constructed in a wide range of literary texts – texts by adults for adults, by adults for children, and by children themselves. Underpinning the module is the notion of ‘childhood’ as a cultural construct into which writers invest various, even contradictory, meanings. Students have the opportunity to explore texts by adults who idealise or demonise the child to suit their personal and philosophical agendas. Students may then analyse the mixture of didactic and therapeutic agendas in enduring genres of children’s literature such as the fairytale, adventure story and cautionary tale. Finally, we turn to children as authors in a study of juvenilia.

The Making of English Literature: Georgian Literature, 1710-1832 (Core)

Students reading Georgian Literature have the opportunity to study a selection of canonical and less well-known texts from the period and explore the historical and cultural context of their production. The module discusses developments in the novel from Daniel Defoe to Jane Austen and innovations in poetry from Alexander Pope to Romantic writers such as William Wordsworth. Important themes include satire, sensibility, the Gothic, popular and polite culture, authorship, and Georgian theatre. Contextual discussion focuses on the ‘construction’ of nation, gender, class and empire, and the relationship of British literature to the Enlightenment and to Revolution.

Twenty-First Century British Fiction (Option)

This module aims to explore new thematic trends, stylistic innovations and cultural developments in post-millennial British fiction, including a focus on globalising processes, transnational migration and digital technology.

The module also addresses the development (and rethinking of the concepts) of gender and class in literature of the period and account for the continuing importance of the literary form in an age of digital publishing.

Women’s Writing and Feminist Theory (Option)

Students can study a diverse range of prose, poetry, and drama written by women from the eighteenth century to the present is considered alongside key concepts in feminist theory and the history of the women’s movement. Writers range from Mary Wollstonecraft to Zora Neale Hurston to Jeanette Winterson. Topics range from the feminine aesthetic and French feminism to feminist utopianism and cyberfeminism.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

Students with interests in creative writing and contemporary literature may benefit from readings and masterclasses by published authors. In the past these have included Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy.

Activities such as play readings and film showings have previously been available on this course. Field trips have included a visit to Newstead Abbey, former home of the poet Lord Byron.

Field trips are optional and participation on trips will not impact upon grades awarded on this programme. The costs of transport and entry fees, where applicable, are covered by the School. Students are, however, expected to cover their own subsistence costs whilst attending field trips.

Placements

Students have the option of spending a term of their second year at a university abroad. This placement enables students to gain an insight into alternative approaches to the study of their subject and can offer the opportunity to experience another culture and living abroad.

Previous student exchange arrangements have included universities in Ryerson, Toronto; Auburn, Alabama; Juniata, Pennsylvania; the State University of New York, Oneonta; Mainz, Germany and Nijmegen in Holland.

Study abroad opportunities within the EU

Students on this course will have the opportunity to study at a partner institution within Europe as part of this course. Additional information, including costs relating to this opportunity, which is optional, can be found here
https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/erasmusopportunties/.

Study abroad outside of Europe

Exchange students applying to study outside of Europe do not pay tuition fees at their host university.

Participants will usually be responsible for all other costs themselves including travel, accommodation, visas, insurance, vaccinations and administrative fees at the host institution.

Students who undertake an exchange keep their entitlement to UK sources of funding such as student loans and should apply to their awarding body in the normal way, indicating that they will be studying abroad.

If your time away is a mandatory part of your degree programme, you may be entitled to extra funding. You should ask your funding body about this.

You may also be able to apply to your Local Education Authority or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for further funding to assist with travel expenses. Please contact them for further information.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

This course aims to enable students to develop skills in reading closely and discriminately, writing concisely, presenting complex information in a confident manner and thinking critically.

Many go on to careers in publishing, journalism, advertising, public relations, the civil service and communications. Some continue their studies at postgraduate level and others have undertaken qualifications in teaching.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Other Costs

Students on this course are expected to obtain their own copies of primary texts indicated for use and discussion in seminars (where available) and will be responsible for any additional costs incurred.

Related Courses

Our BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre degree puts the creativity of performance at centre stage and aims to prepare students for a range of careers in the theatre and media, both on and off stage.
The BA (Hons) Film and Television degree is taught by research-active academics working in a variety of fields including national and heritage cinema, gender and sexuality, minority representation, children's TV, and shlock cinema.
The BA (Hons) History degree at the University of Lincoln is distinctive in the breadth of topics that students can choose to study. These include British, European and American history, from the Roman Empire to the end of the 20th Century.
On the BA (Hons) Journalism degree students are encouraged to put journalistic theory into practice and have opportunities to produce news content to a professional standard while exploring the ethical and legal considerations of the industry.
The BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing degree at Lincoln combines the study of great world literature with the opportunity for students to write their own original work.

Tuition Fees

2017/18 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level
£12,800 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2018/19 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level
£13,800 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

In 2018/19, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions [www.lincoln.ac.uk/StudentAdmissionsTermsandConditions].