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English Literature – an overview
Here at York St John, our approach to literature is simple: words matter. Words shape the world we live in – books have changed the world and will continue to do so – and the connections between the written page and the concerns of the ‘real’ world are a crucial part of our work.
Our English Literature experts are experienced researchers, readers and writers, who are ready to help you make connections between the written word and the world around us. We will give you the skills and opportunities to become a sophisticated reader and critic of a wide range of literary material, covering different genres, eras and cultures.
We believe reading and understanding different types of literature inspires people to develop greater insights into themselves and the wider world. If you are also passionate about reading and the power of the written word, then our English Literature course is the perfect choice for you.
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English Language and Linguistics BA (Hons)
Everyone uses language, but not everyone understands how we use it. This course lets you explore how we learn and use language, how it is structured and how it conveys meaning. It's a chance to investigate social perceptions of language and consider...
English Language, Linguistics and TESOL BA (Hons)
Everyone uses language, but not everyone understands how we use it. This course lets you explore how we learn and use language, how it is structured and how it conveys meaning. Alongside this, we will teach you theories and methods for teaching...
English Literature BA (Hons)
Words matter. That’s our philosophy. We believe that reading literature from times, places and lives that are different from our own provides a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us. On this degree you will explore texts...
Creative Writing and English Literature BA (Hons)
Explore writing from around the world, from different eras and from both classic texts and underrepresented voices. Let your extensive reading and literary analysis inspire your own original writing as you come to appreciate the power of the written...
English Literature and Film Studies BA (Hons)
Study film and literature together to take an in-depth, varied look at how the stories we tell shape who we are and how we think. Gain new perspectives on these art forms and the world they depict by engaging with many different styles, genres,...
English Literature and History BA (Hons)
Literature and History often inform and interact with each other, offering different perspectives on the events of the past and the people behind them. Studied together these subjects will give you a deeper understanding of people, the world around...
English Literature and Religion BA (Hons)
Both of these subjects develop vital skills in empathy, evaluating arguments and independent thinking. Through the study of both Religion and Literature you will engage with a wide spectrum of different viewpoints, perceptions and experiences....
Media and English Literature BA (Hons)
This Joint Honours degree lets you explore many different forms of media text. You will read different styles, genres and voices in literature. At the same time you will engage with diverse forms of media; from film and television to advertising and...