English Literature Modules

If you’re thinking about studying English Literature at Edge Hill you’re pretty lucky in the fact that we get offered a really wide range of modules to choose from. In first year there are specific modules that you have to study, but in second and third year you get to pick all of your modules yourself. This means there is a really large variety of literature that you can be studying at any one time. For example, last year at the same time as studying work from the 1660s, I was also studying Twilight! It also means your friends could be reading completely different texts from you because there’s so many different possible combinations of modules, giving you lots to talk about!

If you’d like an idea of the modules available, you’re best having a look at the English Literature course page on the Edge Hill website which you can see here. As an example, the modules I took in my second year were as follows:

Semester One

Literature 1660-1760

Writing the Supernatural

Vampire Fictions

 

Semester Two

Romanticism

Renaissance Poetry & Prose

Texts in Motion (we looked at books and their film adaptations – really interesting and great if you also have a love of film!)

 

As you can see, they were really varied in content which kept me on my toes, and they were also all assessed differently with some modules including exams, and another requiring me to write a blog! It was pretty hard to get bored!

A pile of some of my books from second year!
A pile of some of my books from second year!

This year I love my choice of modules just as much. In case you’re interested here they are:

Last semester

Modernism

The Shakespeare Problem (if you enjoy Shakespeare this is just wonderful ; a different play every week and I loved every minute of it)

Late-Victorian Gothic

 

This semester

The Sense of an Ending (this includes literature from the 1950s onwards)

Dickens and Popular Culture

Gothic Romanticism (in case you hadn’t noticed, I like Gothic literature)

 

I’m currently having an amazing last year and looking back at all my old module choices is making me rather nostalgic and I absolutely wish I could go back an experience it all again for the first time because I truly have had a wonderful time!

Best Books of the Semester

Studying English Literature, I read a heck of a lot of books for my course. Some good, some not so great. I really enjoyed writing a blog last year about my three favourite books from the first semester, so I thought I’d  do it again this year. Here it goes…

Coming in at number 3 I’ve chosen Selected Stories, a collection of short stories by Katherine Mansfield. I read some of these short stories as part of my Modernism module, but I enjoyed them so much that I’ve read a few more since then. I’ve never really been a great lover of short stories, but this collection may have won me over. I love the internal style of Mansfield’s work and her concentration on the individual. My particular favourites were ‘The Daughters of the Late Colonel’ and ‘Bliss’.

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At number 2 we have The Blood of the Vampire by Florence Marryat. I read this book for my Late-Victorian Gothic module and absolutely loved it. I studied a module last year called Vampire Fictions so of course this was right up my street. The vampire in this novel doesn’t fit your typical description of a vampire which was really interesting. And best of all: she’s a woman. Oh the scandal. This is a really great read if you’re interested in gothic, powerful women or vampires (and no, I’m not just appealing to those of you who enjoy Twilight – there’s some really great vampire novels out there).

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My absolute number one book of this semester is actually a play. I’m a big Shakespeare fan (stereotypical, I know) so this year I have taken a module called The Shakespeare Problem, meaning I get to read a different Shakespeare play every week. And although I have adored most of the plays so far, my clear favourite is Measure for Measure. I love the problematic situation that Angelo puts Isabella in, and the creepiness of his character. I also love the combinations of genres, which gives the play an uncomfortable but, for me, enjoyable feel. I absolutely recommend this if you’re a lover of Shakespeare. Or just evil, sinister characters.