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?**

- Gain an understanding of the similarities and differences between English and American literature by immersing yourself in the history and culture of the two countries.

- You won’t just look at the classics. Although you’ll be reading texts by American heavyweights from the established literary canon, you’ll also be looking at literature that showcases a different experience of America. This includes Native American and African American fiction, and the beat poets.

- You'll have access to probably the best collection of American materials in the country, at Senate House Library.

- London is full of literary inspiration, from theatres and libraries to coffee shops where you can curl up with a book. Read our guide to literary London.

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:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) Other Fees
Short Course
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) Other Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)6.5With a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0