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1 English at Exeter Professor Jane Spencer, Head of Department

2 60 modules a year, covering everything from Chaucer to modern digital culture Creative writing and film options within the English programme Study Abroad opportunities The option of 25% of your studies in a non-English discipline each year Exeter English: Choice, range, and flexibility

3 Exeter English: World-class teaching 56 specialists involved in undergraduate teaching from 2013 – and still growing. Diversity of interests and backgrounds. Our success in attracting students means we can continue to invest more in teaching and study resources.

4 Exeter English: World-class research In the last UK research rankings (2008), Exeter English was ranked 1 st in the UK for world class research Our research enhances the quality, dynamism and diversity of our teaching

5 Degree programmes BA English BA Film Studies BA English with Study in North America BA English with Study Abroad BA English and Film BA English and Classical Studies BA English and Modern Languages* BA English and Visual Culture BA English and Drama Flexible Combined Honours * Spanish, French, German, Italian or Russian

6 Valuing our students’ views We review and discuss student feedback on all modules We discuss changes to our programme with students before implementation We also review The National Student Survey (NSS) results - the judgment of our graduates The Students’ Guild Teaching Awards: inspiring innovative teaching

7 Looking after the future In , 91% per cent of English graduates were in job or further study, within 6 months of graduating Exeter provides over 900 employment focused events a year A work experience module is offered at level 2, as part of your degree. The University offers professional careers advice and runs schemes (e.g. Exeter Award) which help you build a CV and relevant experience.

8 In 2013: 93% of English graduates were satisfied with their degree 95% believed it intellectually stimulating 96% were awarded a 2:1 or better

9 English on the Penryn campus Different campus, same department, similar programme Approximately 70 students per year group In 2013, of our Penryn students: 95% found their degree intellectually stimulating 100% were in work 6 months afterwards (source: NSS)

10 Studying English at Exeter Dr. Corinna Wagner, Admissions Tutor

11 The English degree Year 1: The Platform (Compulsory modules on critical theory, research and writing skills, literary history to 1800, and The Poem. Options in Film, Creative Writing, The Novel and Shakespeare) Year 3: Specialisation and Fulfilment (Dissertation, choose 1 of 3 core option modules, 2 of 35+ specialist options) Year 2: Breadth and Depth (choose 4 of 12 period-based literature, film or creative writing options)

12 Choice of 4 of the following, 2 from pre-1800: Chaucer and his contemporaries Desire and Power: English literature Renaissance and Revolution: 17 th -century literature Theatrical Cultures, Renaissance to Restoration Satire and the City: English literature English in the 2 nd year Introduction to American literature Revolutions and Evolutions: 19 th -century literature Modernism & Modernity: Literature Crossing the Water: Transatlantic Literary Relations Shots in the Dark (FILM) Spectacular Attractions (FILM) Finding a voice (CREATIVE WRITING) Humanities in the Workplace (EMPLOYABILITY)

13 3 rd year special options (a selection) Romance in the Age of Chaucer Performing Digital Humanities Spectacular Bodies: Shakespeare Literature and Anti-Literature Charles Dickens Jane Austen Hardy and Women Who Did James Joyce's Ulysses India Uncovered Antique Romans After Elizabeth The Gothic Imperial Encounters American Childhoods Crime & Punishment Myths of Nation / Postcolonial Literatures British Poetry of the First World War The Graphic Novel Classics of Children's Literature The American Novel Since 2000 Chamber of Horrors Digital and Cyberculture Studies Advanced Critical Theory Serious Play (CW) Short Fiction (CW) Life-Writing: History, Form, Practice (CW) Writing the Short Film (CW) American Independent Film (FILM) Cityscapes (FILM) The Animated Film (FILM) Film & Literature (FILM)

14 Beginnings, 1 st year Syllabus: 1. Stories of origin: extracts from Genesis and Atrahasis 2. Homer, The Odyssey 3. Beowulf (tr. Heaney) 4. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (tr. O’Donoghue) 5. Robert Henryson, Moral Fables (tr. Heaney) 6. Christopher Marlowe, Hero and Leander 7. William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale 8. John Milton, Paradise Lost, books 1, 2, 4, 9 9. Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock 10. Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels 11. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein Assessment: Critical analysis, 2 essays (1 reviewed in draft), group presentation, seminar participation

15 1. Modernist Manifestos 2. Urbanity: Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent (1907) 3. Visual Culture: Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier (1915) 4. Modernist Subjectivity: T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922) 5. Colonialism and Nationalism: James Joyce, Dubliners (1914) 5. Feminism: Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (1927) 6. Regional Modernism: William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying (1930) 7. The 1930s, Class, Social Change: Jean Rhys, Voyage in the Dark (1932) 8. The Rise of Fascism: W. H. Auden, Poems 9. War and Fascism: Elizabeth Bowen, The Heat of the Day (1949) 10. After Modernism: Samuel Beckett, Endgame (1958) Sample Syllabus, 2 nd year: Modernism and Modernity

16 1: Art viewing: Piranesi, Goya, Fuseli, Friedrich, Blake 2: The Uncanny and Domesticity: E. T. A. Hoffmann, “The Sandman,” Freud, “The Uncanny” 3. Medicine, the Body and the Gothic: Samuel Warren, “Grave Doings”; Poe, “Ligeia,” short stories on anatomy, disease and epidemic 4. Science and the Monstrous: Hawthorne, “The Birthmark”; Mitchell, “The Case of George Dedlow”; Le Fanu, “Green Tea”; Machen, “The Inmost Light”; Wells, “The Stolen Bacillus” 5. Disability Theory and Difference: Dr Frederick Treves, Case Studies, film The Elephant Man 6: Degeneration: Bram Stoker, Dracula 7: Gender and Re-visioning Literary History: Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber; 4. Film viewing, Let the Right One In 8. Darwin, Social and Biological Evolutionary theory: HG Wells, The Island Of Dr Moreau; Darwin, readings 9. Imperial Gothic: Ryder Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines 10: Race, Technology and the Gothic: Alan Moore, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Sample Syllabus, 3 rd year: Gothic Evolutions, Literature and Visual Culture

17 Assessing the degree Writing: coursework, exams (together approx. 70%+ of all assessment), creative writing portfolios, and the final dissertation. Oral and team building: Group presentations, group wikis, class participation (level 1) Final Degree = ⅓ level 2 + ⅔ Level 3 We value and encourage: creativity, independence, intellectual rigour, good verbal and oral communication.

18 Supporting your Studies in English at Exeter Minimum 10 weekly contact hours at level 1: Seminars and Workshops (1-2.5 hrs) Lectures (1 hour) In addition: Office Hours (10 mins - 1 hour) Film screenings Personal tutors offer regular academic and pastoral support Undergrad Writing Centre, Royal Literary Fund fellows The Forum, Library, Study Zones, Multimedia facilities Supporting your Studies

19 YourExeter YourExeter is a website specifically for you – our College of Humanities offer- holder. You can: Find out even more about your subject Hear from current students and staff Find useful tips about how to prepare for university Ask any further questions All you need to log in to YourExeter is your address and date of birth. humanities.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/yourexeter


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