BA (Hons) English Literature and History

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Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2017
Department:Department of English, History & Creative Writing
Location:Edge Hill University
  • English at Edge Hill University ranked in the top two in the North West for learning resources in the National Student Survey 2016;
  • History at Edge Hill University ranked top in the North West for overall satisfaction, teaching, academic support and personal development in the National Student Survey 2016;
  • Immerse yourself in literature covering a range of periods, topics and genres and study Modern History from across the globe.

Combining the study of classic works and popular writing from the past 500 years with cutting-edge teaching and research in the fascinating field of Modern History, this degree enables you to explore the ideas that lie behind published literature in all its forms, learn more about the impact of literature on societies, and place this knowledge in a broader historical context. A wide range of optional modules in each subject area enable you to tailor your degree to suit your personal interests, from exploring film adaptations, vampire fictions and satire, to investigating African American civil rights, migration in contemporary Europe and the origins of the Israel/Palestine conflict.

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Course in Depth

What will I study?

The programme introduces you to a range of methodological, critical and theoretical approaches to reading literature, as well as historical and generic perspectives. Focusing on texts from the past 500 years, including the Renaissance, Romantic, Victorian, Modernist and contemporary periods, you will study both classic works and popular writing.

The variety of English Literature modules reflect particular staff interests and research specialisms. Example themes include modern American literature, British children’s literature, crime fiction, and representations of sexuality, as well as opportunities to focus on specific authors, such as the Brontës, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy or Jane Austen.

History modules focus on the History of Britain, Europe, the USA and Asia from the late eighteenth to the early twenty-first centuries. A broad span of political systems, cultures and geographical locations will be covered.

This period of History provides us with a profound understanding of the world that we live in today and the challenges that we face. You will learn about the broad spread of Modern History and will then have the choice to specialise in different areas of the discipline. You might wish to study, for example, the history of communism in Eastern Europe, contemporary European politics, the British Empire or the United States.

How will I study?

Teaching and learning includes lectures and seminars, workshops, group activities, independent research and our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Modules have carefully designed to ensure that you develop your confidence, knowledge and skills in a gradual way and in a highly supportive environment, with easy access to tutors outside the classroom. We see our relationship with you as one in which we work together to help you succeed.

You will be able to read newspapers and journals online from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, as well as consulting the latest journals.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment involves a mixture of coursework and examinations with emphasis placed on work produced in your own time or formally presented in class. Typically, you can expect to be assessed on essays, reports, close readings, critical analyses, oral presentations and group work.

Who will be teaching me?

We have a dedicated and enthusiastic team of highly experienced, enthusiastic English Literature and History tutors also contribute to Masters courses and the supervision of research students. Our staff are active in research at the cutting edge of a range of topics, publishing books and articles on a regular basis.

Several English Literature tutors have been successful in winning national research awards from bodies such as the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and The Leverhulme Trust. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 30% of the History team’s published research was judged to be either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’.


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Year 1

LIT1020 Ways of Reading (20 credits)

Ways of Reading provides an overview of the skills and approaches necessary for the interpretation and evaluation of poetry, prose and drama. You will be introduced to a range of influential critical theories to literary texts from the early and mid 20th century. The module also encourages you to make practical applications of these approaches to the primary literary texts.

LIT1021 Critical Theories (20 credits)

Critical Theories is based around the study of critical essays which have had a lasting impact on literary studies. The module introduces you to significant and contemporaneous ideas in literary criticism which scholars still implement in the 21st century. The content of the module has been selected to highlight the difference in literary studies between reading for understanding and interpretive readings.

LIT1022 Introduction to Literary Periods and Genres 1 (20 credits)

Introduction to Literary Periods and Genres 1 focuses on the study of periodicity and genre. Beginning with contemporary poetry and short stories, the module will work backwards chronologically,  also introducing you to the Victorian novel and to Victorian drama, utilising an array of critical and contextual approaches to literature.

You will select three of the following modules:

HIS1010 The Medieval Outlook (20 credits)

The Medieval Outlook focuses on the period between the end of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance. You will learn about the emergence of Europe as a distinct entity, comprised of a variety of peoples with diverse cultures and languages. ‘Christendom’ is often used to describe medieval Europe and we will look at how the Church did indeed give a type of cohesion to the continent. The Church assumed leadership of societies after the fall of Rome and held a deep and powerful influence on the medieval outlook. We will consider how this influence manifested itself through a study of the state, power and authority as well as popular beliefs and the medieval world-view. We will also consider the tensions which arose between the bishop of Rome and the development of more secular authority and culture. The module will predominantly focus on England but will place the country’s medieval past into a broader European context.

HIS1011 The Dawn of Modernity (20 credits)

The Dawn of Modernity focuses on the immense social, political and religious changes which took place in Early Modern England. Reformation of the church, the outbreak of civil war, the emergence of radical sectarian groups and an increasingly politicised people created a rapidly changing society. The module will explore the diverse responses to those changes and the fear that people lived in a ‘world turned upside down’. Although the period can be characterised as one of tension and crisis, you will also consider continuities from the medieval period, and the existence of political and social consensus, climaxing in the restoration of monarchy after the short-lived republic. The module will consider whether we can truly agree with the perception of the early modern period as one of approaching modernity through a study of key developments in church, state and culture during the period 1500-1660.

HIS1012 Europe Re-made (20 credits)

Europe Re-made introduces you to the key developments that transformed European society between 1789 and 1919. At the start of this period, on the eve of the French Revolution, Europe was predominantly an agrarian society with very limited industrial and urban development. In most European states, landed elites were still dominant as a conservative influence resistant to political and social change. By 1919, Europe had been transformed into a society in which state power lay in the hands of urban-based political parties with industry and trade as the dominant forms of economic activity. The module is primarily concerned with the broad political, economic and social influences that caused this transformation which was of immense significance not only for Europe but also for the course of world history during the twentieth century.

HIS1013 Imperialism, Liberation, Globalisation (20 credits)

Imperialism, Liberation, Globalisation examines some of the main events, political and social movements, economic developments and ideologies which dominated the twentieth century around the world. You will study the rise and fall of the great ideologies of Communism, Nazism and Fascism, the causes and outcome of the Second World War and the development of the Cold War between the Super Powers after 1945. The module will also look at international relations and the global economic system after the fall of the Soviet Empire in 1989-1991.

HIS1016 Time Detectives (20 credits)

Time Detectives introduces you to the tools and methods required to become an independent historical researcher. These skills include selecting and interpreting primary evidence, independently locating books and articles, making effective use of digital tools and archives, applying these research skills to a specific historical problem, and producing a clear, convincing and original argument.

HIS1017 History and Society: Theory, Practice and Impact (20 credits)

History and Society: Theory, Practice and Impact introduces you to the conventions of academic history and outlines a range of concepts and ideologies that are regularly employed within historical discourse. The module also examines the way that history and ideas about the past are employed in a wide variety of non-academic contexts, such as politics, popular culture and journalism.

Language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of either LIT1022 Introduction to Literary Periods and Genres 1 or one of the History options.

Year 2

You will select two of the following modules:

LIT2040 Renaissance Literature: Self and Society (20 credits)

Renaissance Literature: Self and Society explores the poetry and prose of the English Renaissance (c.1450-1685), bringing these two generic disciplines together under a series of common themes. You will evaluate the remarkable literary output of the reigns of up to ten monarchs, beginning with the Tudors. The complexity and diversity of Renaissance writing will be acknowledged and the period problematised as much as it is defined. You will explore canonical and non-canonical literature by both male and female authors . Key themes into which the module will be separated may include life and death, education, the family, crime and punishment, class and social mobility, nationalism (which could include changing reactions to monarchical power), exploration, spiritual controversy, gender and sexuality, power and self-fashioning.

LIT2048 Renaissance Drama (20 credits)

Renaissance Drama explores the drama of the English Renaissance, a period of extraordinary civil and cultural change. The module evaluates the dramatic literary output of the reigns of up to ten monarchs beginning with the Tudors.  The diversity of Renaissance drama will be acknowledged and the period problematised as much as it is defined. You will explore canonical and non-canonical drama by male and female authors. Central themes and concepts under study may include monarchy, rebellion, class, nationalism, religion, heresy, superstition, witchcraft, gender and sexuality, power and self-fashioning.

LIT2049 Literature 1660-1760 (20 credits)

Literature 1660-1760 provides a comprehensive introduction to texts, authors, genres and central themes from the Restoration in 1660 until the dawn of the Romantic period one hundred years later. Seeking to complicate and problematise critical concepts that have been increasingly challenged in recent decades, including ‘Augustanism’, ‘neo-classicism’ and ‘Enlightenment’, the module studies the notorious drama of the Restoration era, as well as a range of poetry, and the rise of the modern prose novel.

LIT2050 Romanticism (20 credits)

Romanticism provides an introduction to texts, authors, genres and central themes from the first stirrings of what has been traditionally conceived of as the Romantic age in the 1760s, until the dawn of the Victorian age seventy years later. Poetry, the prose essay and the novel are all studied on this module.

You will select one of the following modules. Alternatively, it may be possible to select this additional English Literature module from the remaining Year 2 options above.

LIT2027 Texts in Motion: Film Adaptation (20 credits)

Texts in Motion: Film Adaptation introduces you to film adaptation and to the discourses and methodologies relevant to a critical understanding of one of the most common textual practices in Western culture. The module focuses, predominantly, on filmic adaptation of literary precursors, but also incorporates a consideration of adaptations based on sequential art.

LIT2041 Literature Dissertation Project (20 credits)

Literature Dissertation Project provides an opportunity to study a topic of your choice in depth and develop your own ideas through individual research, culminating in the production of a 5,000-word long essay or ‘mini-dissertation’. The topic may develop a particular, pre-established interest or arise from a desire to study an issue or subject in more depth.

LIT2042 Literature and Globalisation (20 credits)

Literature and Globalisation recognises that as global forces are now seen to influence the local and the everyday, a global perspective is a necessary prerequisite to the study of literature. This module examines the relationship between contemporary literary production and the forces of globalisation. Drawing on relevant theoretical perspectives, consideration will be given to the ways in which writers address questions about the local and the global and the movement and flows of people and commodities. The module will examine both critical and literary responses to commodity culture and interrogate representations of  migrants, exiles, and cosmopolitan and diasporic figures in a range of literatures in English.

LIT2043 Literatures of Conflict (20 credits)

Literatures of Conflict provides an opportunity to study the representation of war and conflict in a range of literary texts, situated in their historical and cultural contexts. In its exploration of the impact of warfare on literary form and content, the module seeks to understand how and why the representation of warfare has changed over time. The module will enhance your skills in close reading as well as furthering your understanding of relevant cultural and historical contexts.

LIT2044 About Love (20 credits)

About Love explores representations of romantic and/or sexual love in texts written, or set, in Anglo-American culture in the 20th and 21st centuries. The module synthesises high-cultural and popular-cultural primary sources, reading them in the context of key critical and cultural theorisations of love, bringing together narratives of desire in three key contexts: ‘falling in love’, ‘staying in love’ and ‘love after love’.

LIT2045 Modern American Literature: 1865 to the Present Day (20 credits)

Modern American Literature: 1865 to the Present Day is centred on the study of a wide range of American literature that was written and/or published between the end of the American Civil War in 1865 and the present day. The module offers an opportunity to study American poetry, prose and drama within its historical, social, cultural, political, critical and theoretical contexts.

LIT2046 Pilgrims Progress: British Children's Literature from the 18th Century to the Present Day (20 credits)

Pilgrims Progress: British Children’s Literature from the 18th Century to the Present Day explores British children’s literature from its origins in the eighteenth century. The module progresses through the Romantic period’s celebration of childhood and Victorian ambiguities about the angelic versus the feral child, to the Golden Age of the Edwardian period and beyond into territory darkened by war, overshadowed by the implications of empire, and the oncoming of adolescence. The module will analyse the relationships between children and adults, nature, animals, class, gender, race and sexuality, underpinned by theoretical and methodological approaches to the history and representation of childhood in literature.

LIT2047 Producing a Literary Publication (20 credits)

Producing a Literary Publication enables you to make a direct connection between the subject matter of your degree and your plans for a graduate career. You will work collaboratively towards producing one of a range of possible literary publications while reflecting on and evaluating your ability to do so.

LIT2051 Special Author 1 (20 credits)

Special Author 1 focuses on a single author (such as Hardy or Dickens) or a related group of authors (such as the Brontës) whose works are sufficiently extensive to merit a whole semester’s study. You will examine the author’s work in the light of recent critical and theoretical approaches to authorship and canonicity and develop an ability to theorise the relationship between an author and his/her literary work. You will acquire a specialist knowledge of a literary period and a major writer through examination of the author’s development in relation to relevant historical, cultural and literary contexts.

LIT2052 Satire in the Long Eighteenth Century (20 credits)

Satire in the Long Eighteenth Century studies the works of what has traditionally been characterised as the ‘Great Age of Satire’, incorporating study of prose, poetry and drama between the Restoration and the end of the Romantic period. The module begins by situating 18th century satire within its literary and cultural precedents before proceeding to focus on the style, technique, politics, motives, purposes, targets and effects of a wide range of satirical texts.

LIT2053 Writing the Female Body (20 credits)

Writing the Female Body compares important textual representations of the female body in English Literature from the medieval and contemporary periods. Covering a range of literary genres, the module places literary works in their historical and cultural contexts and theorises literary representations of the body using contemporary gender theory. Using texts from both medieval and modern periods, you will explore change and continuity in the representation(s) of the female form over time. Contemporary attitudes to embodiment are vivified as part of an historical continuum and past and present textual representations of body read as signifiers of cultural values.

LIT2054 Writing the Supernatural (20 credits)

Writing the Supernatural explores the textual representation(s) of the supernatural (of ghosts, haunting, and the haunted) in key works of English Literature from the 19th century to now. The module focuses on three key genres – short fiction/novella, the novel, and drama – drawing comparisons and contrasts between their revelation of the supernatural. The negotiations of the textual representation of fear, as well as the dramatic generation of terror and dread, are central focuses of the module. The extent to which supernatural writing is culturally anxious, about, for example, issues of class, gender, race and faith, will also be explored.

LIT2055 Rogues' Gallery: Crime and Criminality in the Long 19th Century (20 credits)

Rogues’ Gallery: Crime and Criminality in the Long 19th Century explores the public fascination with crime, criminals and criminal law, so evidently manifest in the literature of the long 19th century (approximately 1789-1914). The module examines a range of literary genres associated with crime writing, including the Newgate Novel, the Sensation Novel and the detective story, in the context of the criminological and penal debates of the period. The module makes extensive use of digital research tools, enabling you to conduct your own primary research and providing you with valuable research skills.

LIT2056 Vampire Fictions (20 credits)

Vampire Fictions traces the cultural history of the vampire from the early nineteenth century to the present day, revealing how it can be considered a remarkably adaptable monster, found in a range of texts produced in diverse cultural contexts. Considering both canonical and popular vampire fictions, the module charts the evolution of the vampire, examining the multiple meanings of this figure in diverse historical and cultural contexts and through a variety of critical approaches.

WRI2019 The Graphic Novel (20 credits)

The Graphic Novel acts as an introduction to the contemporary graphic novel, examining the cultural and political impact of some key examples of the form. You will be encouraged to read these works as a writer, examining the elements of character development, structure, and use of research and developing those with specific reference to the demands and opportunities available in the graphic novel format. The module is both critical and creative. You will study examples of draft scripts for graphic novels, with your final assessment being a mock script for a proposed graphic novel, replete with artistic direction. There will be at least one visiting graphic novelist due to give a talk as part of the module and one visiting collaborative artist.

You will select three of the following modules:

HIS2020 Communism in Eastern and Central Europe After 1945 (20 credits)

Communism in Eastern and Central Europe After 1945 examines the rise, stagnation, collapse and ongoing legacies of the communist experiment that ruled half of Europe during the decades after the Second World War. The module examines both the Soviet Union itself during the post-Stalinist era and the countries of east-central Europe, allowing you to choose to study the history of Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania or Yugoslavia. This history is of growing relevance to you, given that twenty years after its collapse the communist period can now be seen in historical perspective, and given the close relationships which many of the successors to these states have developed with the UK since the enlargement of the European Union in 2004 and 2007.

HIS2022 Urbanisation, Immigration and Economic Crisis: The United States 1880-1941 (20 credits)

Urbanisation, Immigration and Economic Crisis: The United States 1880-1941 examines the processes of cultural, social and economic change in the United States from 1880 onwards. The module examines the causes of such change and their impact on American culture and society. It analyses the reasons why U.S. political leaders and social reformers saw such changes as a threat to core American values, even the very survival of the Republic itself. The responses they advanced to deal with this threat are also assessed. The module concludes by examining the causes of the Wall St Crash, 1929, the ensuing Great Depression and the effectiveness of Roosevelt’s New Deal programmes in addressing the problems that resulted from them.

HIS2023 Mission and Manifest Destiny: U.S. Foreign Policy and Expansionism 1840-1939 (20 credits)

Mission and Manifest Destiny: U.S. Foreign Policy and Expansionism 1840-1939 examines the process of frontier expansion within the United States during the nineteenth century. The module assesses the impact of the move west on native American populations and also the ideological justifications advanced to justify this expansionism, such as mission, manifest destiny and American exceptionalism.

HIS2024 Rise to Globalism: U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1939 (20 credits)

Rise to Globalism: U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1939 examines the rise of the United States as a global superpower from American entry into the Second World War in 1941 through to the present day. It examines the extent to which the ideology underpinning U.S. foreign policy, under successive administrations, has been shaped by American historical experience and values, such as the concepts of American exceptionalism, mission and manifest destiny. You will also study the challenges facing U.S. foreign policy planners from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama and the effectiveness of the various strategies that have been advanced to overcome them. The module examines both the opportunities and limitations on the exercise of American power in the modern world.

HIS2025 The Rise of the British Empire (20 credits)

The Rise of the British Empire focuses on the expansion of the British Empire in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Particular attention is given to the debates amongst historians on these subjects. At the heart of the module are fundamental, and much disputed, questions regarding the nature of imperialism and the process by which Britain attained and lost an empire that at different times stretched across Africa, Asia, America and the Pacific.

HIS2026 The Fall of the British Empire (20 credits)

The Fall of the British Empire explores the reasons behind the end of the British Empire in the twentieth century, from the First World War until the 1960s. Reflecting the scale of the Empire, the module deals with a great variety of territories across the globe, from Australia to Iraq. It provides you with an opportunity to interpret how and why this world-changing process came to pass.

HIS2031 Migration and Mobility in Contemporary European History (20 credits)

Migration and Mobility in Contemporary European History equips you with a better understanding of the historical context behind one of the most controversial issues facing Europe today. By placing current debates within a historical perspective stretching from the late 19th century right up to the present day, the module will enable you to understand political and social issues ranging from refugees to migrant workers, from cosmopolitanism to immigration controls, and from anti-racist activism to anti-migrant backlashes within a longer term context. By also examining the social and political history of daily journeys such as commuting for work, you will be encouraged to take a broad perspective on mobility.

HIS2032 Digital Detectives (20 credits)

Digital Detectives provides extensive practical experience with digital archives and will help you to develop a range of advanced digital research skills. Digital tools and archives are becoming increasingly central to the process of historical research. The module will be taught entirely in computer rooms and will take the form of weekly two-hour workshops. The historical content of the module will be structured around the history of crime and society in 18th and 19th century Britain.

HIS2033 Introduction to Contemporary French History: From the 1930s to the Present (20 credits)

Introduction to Contemporary French History: From the 1930s to the Present covers a subject that is both related to and distinct from the familiar Hitler and Stalin centric stories of 20th century Europe. You will examine the history of contemporary France during turbulent periods of political conflict and social change before, during and following the Second World War and France’s subsequent wars of decolonisation in Algeria and elsewhere, as well as its politics and society today. By taking up this comparatively rare opportunity to study the recent history of an important neighbouring country, which is often stereotyped and misunderstood in the UK, you can develop a wider international awareness.

HUM2000 Independent Project (20 credits)

Independent Project enables you to research and initiate a work-related project with an external agency. The project entails detailed familiarity with a cultural, public sector or voluntary organisation, a contribution to this organisation, the use of skills developed on the degree programme, and a final reflection and self-evaluation which looks ahead to your immediate and longer-term career plans.

MED2258 History on Screen (20 credits)

History on Screen looks at how British, American and German cinemas respectively have represented the historical period up to 1945 on screen, using a combination of contemporary and retrospective film productions. The module will thus explore not only the nature of cinematic representation in general, but also how each nation in turn constructs, or indeed, in the particular case of Germany, reconstructs, national identity through the prism of its past.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of the optional English Literature module above.

Year 3

You will select two of the following modules:

LIT3040 The Victorians At Work (20 credits)

The Victorians At Work recognises that Victorians saw literature as a form of social commentary. This period survey module explores Victorian prose and poetry that addressed the pressing social and cultural questions of the period, such as the impacts of industrialisation, urbanisation, scientific advance and secularisation. You will examine the work of a range of canonical and popular Victorian authors and place their writing in the relevant literary, cultural and historical contexts.

LIT3041 The Victorians At Play (20 credits)

The Victorians At Play acknowledges that the Victorians are often believed to have been straitlaced and prudish but suggests that their evident zest for entertainment, sensation, consumerism, spectacle and scandal is frequently overlooked. The module examines the period’s interest in the sensational and the scandalous through explorations of topical questions of gender and sexuality in characteristic Victorian texts, charting how contemporary social and cultural issues were transformed into the subject matter of popular culture.

LIT3042 Modernisms (20 credits)

Modernisms develops your understanding and appreciation of the key features of early 20th century movements in the literary arts. The module will examine a range of different forms, styles and practices in order to focus on the heterogeneous interpretations of the term modernism and engage with ongoing debates in modernist studies.

LIT3043 Contemporary Literature in English (20 credits)

Contemporary Literature in English develops your understanding and appreciation of the key features of late 20th century and early 21st century movements in the literary arts. The module examines aesthetic paradigms relevant to the period including realism, the postmodern, late modernism and metafiction. The aim is to understand the continuations and reactions to the earlier Modernist period.

You will select one of the following modules. Alternatively, it may be possible to select this additional English Literature module from the remaining Year 3 options above.

LIT3034 Gothic Romanticism (20 credits)

Gothic Romanticism examines Romanticism’s Gothic impulse during the period 1764-1830. Each week, you will analyse key literary texts from the period – including poetry, and both prose fiction and non-fiction – alongside a theoretical issue in order to establish a critical vocabulary from which to interpret and understand Gothic’s many Romantic manifestations. By considering the historical, cultural, aesthetic and ideological background to this mode of writing, you will trace the ways in which the Gothic Romance is both a conservative and a reactionary genre, supporting and challenging our conceptions of the various dichotomies that define it.

LIT3044 Early American Literature: 1500-1865 (20 credits)

Early American Literature: 1500-1865 provides an opportunity to study a wide range of American Literature that was written and/or published in the period up until the end of the American Civil War (1865). The module offers an opportunity to study early American prose and poetry within its historical, social, cultural, political and critical/theoretical contexts.

LIT3045 Hosting a Literary Festival (20 credits)

Hosting a Literary Festival enables you to make a direct connection between the subject matter of your degree and your plans for a graduate career by engaging with workplace practice via a group project. You will work collaboratively to research, plan and initiate an in-house literary festival while reflecting on and evaluating your ability to do so.

LIT3046 Narratives of Nation and Empire (20 credits)

Narratives of Nation and Empire traces the narratives of the British nation, its imperialist encounters, and the rise of English literature, from the early modern period to the twentieth-century dismantling of empire. The module engages with the corresponding literary critiques and recreations of the colonial past. Through the identification of the intersections of imperialism and textual representation, the module will problematise traditional theoretical assumptions with regard to national identity and developments in English literature. Representations of Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Far East will be examined to determine how far they reflect on the contemporary politics and depict the figure of the other as a form of self-fashioning or critique.

LIT3047 Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture (20 credits)

Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture is a prominent form of postmodern popular and literary culture in which writers and directors re-imagine the 19th century through a contemporary lens. The module enables you to study prominent examples of neo-Victorian literature and culture in the context of recent critical theory. It will alert you to neo-Victorian practices of intertextuality, historical metanarrative and ‘writing back’.

LIT3048 Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll: Young Adult Fiction (20 credits)

Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll: Young Adult Fiction analyses the recent marketing phenomenon of young adult fiction, focusing on 21st century literature aimed at a specifically teenage market. Young adult fiction is characterised by its transgression of taboos. The module will be structured around an exploration of these explicit, illicit areas of interest. Alongside the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll of the title, the module will engage with representations of mental and physical illness, pregnancy, violence, abuse, economic and social collapse, and ecological disaster. Underpinning your studies will be theoretical and critical material on adolescence, contemporary literature, and the growing body of work on young adult fiction itself.

LIT3049 Special Author 2 (20 credits)

Special Author 2 focuses on a single author (such as Christopher Marlowe, Jane Austen or Angela Carter) or related group of authors (such as the Brontës) whose works are sufficiently extensive to justify a whole semester’s study. The module will examine the author’s work in the light of recent critical and theoretical approaches to authorship and canonicity, and develop an ability to theorise the relationship between an author and his or her literary work. You will acquire a specialist knowledge of a literary period and a major writer through examination of the author’s development in relation to relevant historical, cultural and literary contexts.

LIT3050 Sexuality and Subversion (20 credits)

Sexuality and Subversion is devoted to the critical analysis of textual representations of sexuality and especially of same-sex desire and sexual dissidence in British prose. The module focuses mainly on the novel, but also on key autobiographical prose texts, from the 19th century to now (with particular focus on the 20th century). It problematises perceptions that sexual radicalism originated in the late 20th century by interrogating its earlier textual representation(s). Texts, their contexts, and relevant literary and cultural theories combine to reveal the changes and continuities in the textual representation of subversive and dissident sexualities and sexual identities over time.

LIT3051 The Shakespeare Problem (20 credits)

The Shakespeare Problem asks what is a national poet, why is Shakespeare considered the pre-eminent author of the English-speaking world, what historical factors can account for the Shakespeare phenomenon, and what ideological implications might it have? The module addresses canonical literature but also questions the processes and validity of the canon. You will analyse the formation of a literary icon and unravel the enduring myths of universality and natural genius associated with his name. The module will also address questions of genre in Shakespeare, paying special attention to the plays which hybridise, destabilise, or subvert traditional genres, in order to examine an ongoing process of critical change.

LIT3052 Late-Victorian Gothic (20 credits)

Late-Victorian Gothic introduces you to the gothic revival of the late 19th century, focusing on gothic fiction produced in the 1880s and the 1890s. You will encounter both well-known and relatively obscure gothic texts and explore parallels between their key themes. The module examines gothic fiction of the period alongside contemporary social and cultural developments (e.g. urban poverty, crime, imperial anxieties, immigration, fear of degeneration, changing gender roles) and a range of current critical theories (e.g. genre studies of the gothic mode, theories of urban space).

LIT3124 Dickens and Popular Culture (20 credits)

Dickens and Popular Culture explores a range of Dickens’ work within the context of mass culture. This will include discussion of his journalism, plays and short stories as well as the well-known novels. You will look at the development of Dickens’ career as the most successful and popular novelist of his generation, who used a range of popular forms and conventions such as caricature, popular entertainment, melodrama, gothic, crime, ghost stories and reportage to investigate and actively participate in a wide range of contemporary issues and debates about Victorian society such as the family, the city, education and poverty. The module will also consider Dickens’ career as an author and editor of Household Words and All Year Round in the rapidly developing literary marketplace and Dickens’ status as a national and international celebrity. The module will conclude with a consideration of the Dickens ‘industry’ and the appropriation of ‘Dickensian’ in both Victorian and contemporary societies.

LIT3125 Speculative Fiction (20 credits)

Speculative Fiction critically and analytically considers a range of Anglophone speculative fiction published after 1895. The emphasis is on literary speculations regarding technological, environmental and social change and on encounters with the ‘other’, all contextualised according to relevant cultural milieux. Subject matter is likely to include a selection from utopian and anti-utopian fiction, apocalyptic literature, colonial and postcolonial speculations, time travel tales, space opera, philosophical texts, and works that question or problematise notions of gender. In each case, selected critical methodologies, including feminism, postcolonial approaches and other relevant theoretical discourses will be applied.

WRI3020 The Writer at Work (20 credits)

The Writer at Work places creative practice within its cultural and industry context through a detailed case study. focusing on the career of a significant 21st century author, who may be working in a single literary genre or across several, including script, fiction, poetry, non-fiction or electronic media. Examples might include Alice Munro, Alasdair Gray, Caryl Churchil, Iain Sinclair. You are able to study a writer’s body of work in greater depth than is usual at this level, while also gaining insights into the author’s creative and professional practice in relation to the creative industries.

You will select three of the following modules:

HIS3020 Black Life and Black Protest in the United States 1895-1945 (20 credits)

Black Life and Black Protest in the United States 1895-1945 examines African American life and history from the 1890s through to the end of the Second World War. It considers the reasons for the widespread introduction of racial segregation in the United States at the end of the nineteenth century and its impact on African American communities. You will examine the efforts of African American leaders to challenge discrimination, from Booker T. Washington through to Asa Philip Randolph, assessing their strengths and weaknesses. The extent to which developments in this period sowed the seeds for the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s are also considered.

HIS3021 Black Life and Black Protest in the United States Since 1945 (20 credits)

Black Life and Black Protest in the United States Since 1945 analyses the reasons for the emergence of the post-war civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. The contribution of leading individuals within the movement, like Martin Luther King, is also examined together with the life and career of Malcolm X and the Black Power movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The module concludes by assessing the legacy of the civil rights era for present day race relations and the extent to which the election of Barack Obama in 2008 means that the United States can now be described as a post-racial society.

HIS3024 Seeds of Conflict in the Holy Land 1840-1923 (20 credits)

Seeds of Conflict in the Holy Land 1840-1923 examines the origins of the Zionist-Palestinian conflict before the commencement of the British Mandate for Palestine in 1923. The module analyses the development of Zionism and Palestinian Arab nationalism under the Ottoman Empire, British support for Zionism in World War I, and the escalation of political conflict and violence by the 1920s. A principal focus will be the impact of the War.

HIS3025 British Rule in Palestine (20 credits)

British Rule in Palestine explores the origins and development of British rule in Palestine, a seminal chapter in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Middle East and the British Empire. The module focuses on the political objectives and impact of British rule in Palestine, with particular reference to the evolution of the Zionist-Palestinian conflict.

HIS3036 The Special Relationship: Britain and the USA (20 credits)

The Special Relationship: Britain and the USA concentrates on the major diplomatic, economic and cultural meeting points of arguably the two most influential nations of the 20th century. You will study how their relationship – at times good and at times bad – influenced the course of international history. It is a relationship of unparalled closeness and complexity which persists into the present day. By analysing the principle issues that arose between these two competitive yet cooperative states, we may be in a position to judge to what extent the relationship actually deserves the epithet ‘special’.

HIS3037 History: Interpretations and Context (20 credits)

History: Interpretations and Context explores the close relationship that history has with contextual developments within wider British society, in the period from circa 1840 to the present day. The relationship operates in both directions, as history and perceptions of the past act to inform notions of national identity and national values, through popular cultural media. By exploring the relationship between history and wider British society, the module also introduces you to the uses made of the past in a number of areas of employment, such as advertising, TV production, the press, marketing and commerce. You will reflect on how popularly held notions of national identity become points of connection for journalists, politicians and advertisers with the population at large.

If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional History modules above.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. 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 timetabling requirements.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

120 UCAS Tariff points on the new UCAS Tariff, preferably to include A Level English and A Level History or equivalent.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve 120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – 45 credits at Level 3, for example 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Typical careers for English Literature graduates include teaching (further training required), speech therapy, library work, media, journalism, arts administration, publishing, public and voluntary sectors, and managerial work. Alternatively, you may wish to progress to further study or research in English Literature.

Typical careers for History graduates include teaching (further training required), the civil service, business, media and journalism, local government, retail management, law and information management. Alternatively, you may wish to progress to further study or research in History.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Year – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement as part of your programme (usually the third year of a four year degree) and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional year (usually the third year of a four year degree) studying or working abroad;
  • Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or study abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2017/18, we expect tuition fees to increase to £9,250 per annum but this is currently subject to Government approval. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18 are £11,575 per annum.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2017/18, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2017/18 guide at

Financial support information for international students can be found at


ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at

Visit to find out more about the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

9th June 2016 - New Module Added

A Language module is now available as a Year 3 option, providing Language modules were studied in Years 1 and 2.

26th May 2016 - New Modules Added

WRI2019 The Graphic Novel (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 2. WRI3020 The Writer at Work (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3.

19th April 2016 - Change of Modules

Although the broad themes of the programme remain largely the same, the vast majority of modules have been replaced by new/updated versions, with a small number of additional modules added. This new programme structure is being implemented from September 2016 entry.

There is also now the option of selecting a Language module in French, Spanish or Mandarin as an integral part of this degree in Year 1. A Language module is also available as a Year 2 option, providing a Language module was studied in Year 1.

28th September 2015 - Change of Modules

HIS1016 Time Detectives (20 credits) replaces HIS1014 Ideology, Theories and Practice (20 credits) and HIS1017 History and Society: Theory, Practice and Impact (20 credits) replaces HIS1015 History and Society: Applications and Employment (20 credits) in Year 1.