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BA (Hons) English Literature with Creative Writing course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your BA (Hons) English Literature with Creative Writing studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on to find out more.

Suggested reading

You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.

In the meantime, there are a some suggested texts you might like to read, if you can, before starting your degree. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. But if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library, or access online, we suggest:

A novel, a poem and a play

Reading enhances your imagination, increases your vocabulary and strengthens your writing ability but reading can also reduce stress levels and help improve overall focus.

These are three pieces of literature that we think you should read:

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • ‘Goblin Market’ by Christina Rossetti
  • A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

English Literature

LIT1020: Ways of Reading
LIT1024: Literary History
LIT1025: Form

Creative Writing

Creative Writing general texts
WRI1018: Introduction to Poetry
WRI1019: Introduction to Fiction

Read Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Read Charlotte Brontë as a pre-arrival task. You can pick up cheap editions online. Even if you have studied this text before, please reread over the summer and think about the following questions:

  • To what extent does Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre draw on themes and figures from fairy tales and the Gothic to tell the story of Jane’s development from a child into a young woman?
  • To what extent is Jane Eyre a politically engaged novel? Find out what you can about what events were going on in Britain and the world in the 1840s.
  • How does Brontë represent Jane’s psychological development in the novel?
  • How does Brontë represent masculinity through the different characters of Mr Rochester and St John Rivers, among others?
  • To what extent is Jane a reliable narrator of her own story?

Useful websites

  • If you’re looking for something to read, have a look at the Poetry Foundation website.
  • Make sure to visit the Prospects website if you’re thinking about a future career in English.
  • You can also create an online to do list here.

Other things to try over the summer

  • Buy a notebook and use it to record ideas, snippets of overheard conversations, poems, short stories, etc
  • Write a short story
  • Learn a new language, Duolingo is helpful
  • Make a haiku
  • Write a sentence a day
  • Create a bullet journal
  • Start your own blog
  • Join our Facebook group

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