English Literature Degree Programmes
English Literature at Swansea is one of the most diverse, stimulating and challenging disciplines offered at university. The subject cultivates your sensitivity towards language and addresses a number of provocative questions. What makes some books literature and others not? What can we learn from writing of the Past? Does studying how language works in texts help us understand contemporary culture? How does gender impact on reading and writing practices? We are committed to deliver a truly exciting teaching programme which is intellectually wide-ranging, stimulating and demanding. Our programmes are taught through the medium of English with the exception of the BA English and Welsh degree.
Dr. Richard Robinson, English Literature
English Literature is home to five research centres and groupings: the Centre for the Research in the English Literature and Language of Wales (CREW); the Centre for the Research into Gender in Culture and Society (GENCAS); the Wales and the West Romanticism Seminar (WAWR); the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (); and the Creative and Media Writing Research Group (CMW). In addition, individual members of staff carry out research on topics as varied as the history of literary translation, the poetry of Walt Whitman, the Harlem Renaissance, and the literature of borderlands. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 60% of the research produced by staff was ranked ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’.
English students enjoy a warm and friendly atmosphere and study in a supportive working environment. Our system of personal tutors and our "open door" policy ensures that student queries and problems are dealt with swiftly and sensitively. Students participate in numerous extra-curricular cultural activities in the Taliesin Arts Centre on campus and the Dylan Thomas Arts Centre in the City.
Visiting speakers and writers read from their work and there are theatre trips and events organised by the student English Society. The Swansea Review which publishes critical essays is edited by members of staff. Budding poets, novelists and journalists can develop their skills with the help of distinguished writers attached to the Department.
Our Graduates have entered careers which allow them to use their degree discipline such as education, creative and professional writing, publishing, global marketing and advertising, media, international and national recruitment, global business, social and welfare services, heritage and tourism, and relief/humanitarian organisations. Some Graduates go on to pursue postgraduate studies in English leading to an MA or PhD qualification and a career in Academia.
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