This subject involves both exams and coursework
“A book is a machine to think with” - I. A. Richards
If you enjoy thinking for yourself rather than following the crowd, this is the course for you. English Literature involves studying the essential, often controversial issues that literature raises: love, friendship, prejudice, corruption, passion, loyalty and death.
Above all, books deal with human experience. If a work of literature is “a contraption with a guy inside” (W.H. Auden), anyone who likes to observe people will enjoy studying this subject.
We analyse a range of pre C20th and modern poems in some detail for a piece of coursework. We also explore one novel and one play. To widen students’ understanding we also consider the historical and cultural background of each text, so English Literature appeals to those drawn to history and social sciences as well as those who just love reading. We also explore and appreciate a writer’s techniques in detail, complementing both analytical and creative writing in English Language. We take advantage of our Central London position by organising trips to theatres, exhibitions and, if relevant, the cinema.