EnglishUniversity of Cambridge
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- Bachelor's degree
- Cambridge (Inghilterra)
Cosa impari in questo corso?
Skills and Training
Teaching is provided through lectures, seminars, and small-group supervisions and classes.
You typically attend at least six hours of lectures or seminars, and two to three hours of individual, paired or small-group supervision each week. You normally write one or two short essays per week which you then discuss with your supervisor.
As well as unseen exams, there’s a compulsory dissertation and over the three years you can replace three more of the written exams with coursework. Prizes are awarded for the best work.Years 1 and 2 (Part I) A broad range, a solid grounding
You’re introduced to the full range of English literature from the Middle Ages to the present day. There are few set texts, so that while you must study widely, you can also focus on topics of interest to you. Over the first two years, you take two compulsory papers:
- English Literature and its Contexts 1300-1550
And you choose four from the following:
- Practical Criticism and Critical Practice
- Early Medieval Literature and its Contexts 1066-1350
- English Literature and its Contexts 1500-1700
- English Literature and its Contexts 1660-1870
- English Literature and its Contexts 1830-1945, or English Literature and its Contexts 1870-Present
One or two of the last three optional papers can be replaced with coursework (one dissertation and one portfolio of essays).
Subject to certain restrictions, you are also able to take papers from the Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic; Classics; or Modern and Medieval Languages courses ('shared' papers). Further details of these papers are available on the Faculty website.Year 3 (Part II) Deeper questions, new areas
You take two compulsory papers:
- Practical Criticism
- Tragedy, which ranges from ancient Greek drama to contemporary writing
You also write a compulsory dissertation (of 6,000-7,500 words) and either submit a second dissertation (of 6,000-7,500 words) and take one optional paper, or choose two optional papers. The optional papers change regularly – the following are available in 2015-16:
- Medieval English Literature 1066–1500: The Medieval Supernatural
- Shakespeare in Performance
- Material Renaissance
- Modernism and the Short Story
- English Moralists
- American Literature
- Postcolonial and Related Literatures
- History and Theory of Literary Criticism
- Literature and Visual Culture
- Contemporary Writing in English
- Early Modern Drama 1588-1642
- Special Period of English Literature 1847-72
Subject to certain restrictions, it’s possible to take papers from the Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic; Classics; or Modern and Medieval Languages courses. Further details of these papers are available on the Faculty website.
For further information about studying English at the University of Cambridge see the The Faculty of English website.