Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

Examine the formation of the American literary aesthetic, and the critical concepts and ideologies that shape the American nation, through the study of a varies range of literary and critical works from both sides of the Atlantic. You'll cultivate an understanding of the main cultural, historical and political concepts underpinning America and its literatures. You'll be able to examine American literary and cultural contexts, the formation of an American literary aesthetic from Puritan times to the present day, and the critical concepts and ideologies that shape the American nation. You'll be able to access probably the best collection of American materials in the country, in the University of London Library. Our staff come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and, with their diverse research specialities, they'll be able to help you develop your own interests. The Department is large enough to provide a wide range of courses, but small enough to let you get to know other students and staff. We host a programme of guest lectures that has included major names in literature, including Alan Bennett, Germaine Greer, and Nobel Laureates Seamus Heaney, Doris Lessing, Harold Pinter and Derek Walcott. Our graduates have gone on to work in publishing, journalism, PR, teaching, advertising, and the media.

Course Modules

Literature and culture; explorations in literature; approaches to text; engaging poetry or the short story; inventing the nation: American literature in the mid'19th Century; further studies in American literature and culture; drama and transgression: from Prometheus to Faust; literature of the English renaissance; moderns; post'Victorian English literature; sensibility and romanticism: revolutions in writing and society; Shakespeare; varieties of English; the emergence of modern America: American literature 1890'1940; Caribbean women writers; creating the text; decadence; language and the media; modern American fiction; modern poetry; modernism and drama (1880'1930); the art of the novel; postcolonial literatures in English; studies in literature and film.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,100  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
4 - 6 years
Part Time
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates ABBB
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBB-ABC
  • International Baccalaureate 33
  • BTEC National Diploma MDD
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Award
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) DD

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12% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 22%

Total Coursework: 78%

£5,247 - £5,247
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,906 - £7,306
Typical cost of private accommodation