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.
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
|Duration & Attendance||Qualification||Tuition fees||Fee type|
|Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)||£9,250||Home Fees|
|Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)||£9,250||European Fees|
|Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)||Other Fees|
- IELTS (Academic)6.5With a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0