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English & Creative Writing

Introduction to English Studies: Literature and Culture

Do you have a passion for reading? Have you ever wanted to study novels and films and find out about their wider importance in culture? In this course, you will explore literature, film and television from different historical periods and discuss their cultural and political importance.


Credits: 10, Level: 4


Course overview

You will develop your ability to textually analyse, and improve your knowledge of literary and cultural sources and methods of analysis, honing your ability to critically analyse cultural representation. You prepare yourself for level 4 undergraduate study, subject to a successful application after completion.

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Where you study

Middlesbrough campus


Course details

What you study

Introduction to the Module: Developing your Voice and How to Read a Text

Exploring 19th Century Literature
· William Wordsworth and the Romantics, ‘Tintern Abbey’ (1798)
· Edgar Allan Poe and the American Gothic, ‘The Black Cat’ (1843) / Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Gothic Feminism, 'The Yellow Wallpaper' (1892)

20th Century Literature
· H.P Lovecraft and Supernatural Horror, ‘The Colour Out of Space’ (1927)
· Shirley Jackson, ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ (1959) / Toni Morrison, ‘Recitatif’ (1983)

21st Century Literature
· Magic, Myth and Memory in Helen Oyeyemi’s, White is for Witching (2009)

Contemporary TV, Film and Adaptation
· Moonlight (2016) / The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

Group writing sprint: Crafting your Essay through Textual and Cultural Analysis.

How you are assessed

You write a short essay (1,500 - 2,000 words) on one or two texts of your choice, from a list of prepared questions, or you may develop your own, subject to approval by the module tutors.

There are also two formative tasks during seminar time - these won't be assessed but allow for peer and tutor feedback.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4

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