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 varied range of literary and critical works from both sides of the Atlantic.

**Why study BA English & American Literature at Goldsmiths?**

' 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

Over the course of the degree you'll:

cultivate an understanding of the main cultural, historical and political concepts underpinning America and its literatures

be introduced to selected works spanning literary history from Homer to the present day

be given a grounding in the methods and terms used in the analysis of literary and non'literary texts

have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with either the short story genre, or with the genre of poetry, sharpening your interpretative skills through close reading and teaching contributions from practising poets

examine a selection of major American writers from the 1830s to the 1880s, and how they were active in describing, shaping, criticising and contesting the emerging American nation

trace the emergence of modern America, encompassing the years which saw both mass immigration and the growth of urban centres, the wealth of the twenties and the poverty of the thirties, the entrenchment of racial prejudice in the South, and the cultural flowering of the Harlem Renaissance

complete a dissertation

Start Date:

09/2019

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £13,910 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) Other Fees