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BA (Hons) Creative Writing and English Literature course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your BA (Hons) Creative Writing and English Literature 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:

General texts for Creative Writing
WRI1018: Introduction to Poetry
WRI1019: Introduction to Fiction
WRI1020: Introduction to Scriptwriting
General texts for English Literature
LIT1020: Ways of Reading
LIT1024: Literary History

Read Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

This text is available in various cheap editions. Even if you’ve 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 might also want to create an online to do list.

Suggested tasks for summer

  • Buy a notebook and use it to record ideas, snippets of overheard conversations, poems, short stories, etc.
  • Write in your notebook every day
  • Describe one incident in clear prose as though it were a passage from a novel you’d like to read
  • Write a haiku
  • Start your own blog
  • Join our Facebook group.

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