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MA in English Literature

You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.

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BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (English Literature)

You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.

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BA (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing

This degree offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English literature and creative writing. You'll have the opportunity to study and interpret literature from different historical periods and diverse cultural settings ? including translations ? and to develop your writing skills in several genres including fiction; poetry; life writing; and scriptwriting for film, radio and stage.

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BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

If you love the written and spoken word, this course is for you. As a comprehensive and stimulating introduction to English language and literature, you'll investigate how the English language is used in a variety of global contexts, and explore literature from different historical periods and in diverse cultural settings. You'll explore writing and speech in a wide range of forms and develop your skills in the interpretation of literary and non-literary texts.

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BA (Honours) English Literature

English literature is a broad, accessible and important subject. If you are interested in reading between the lines, and being challenged by new ideas and ways of seeing, then this course is for you. On this course you'll study an exciting range of texts from many different periods and settings, including novels, drama and poetry, and discover an exciting variety of approaches for reading and interpreting them. You'll develop your skills of analysis and communication which will enable you to take a fresh look at familiar texts, and to encounter new texts and ideas with confidence.

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Children's literature

This module provides a broad introduction to the vibrant and growing field of children's literature studies. It focuses on constructions of childhood in children's literature and will require you to employ close reading skills, literary analysis and critical engagement in relation to its texts and assignments. You will study children's literature in English, ranging from its beginnings in eighteenth-century chapbooks and fairy tales, through seminal nineteenth-century novels, to contemporary examples of fiction illustrating current trends. The module also includes the study of picture books old and new, stage performance and film, young adult fiction, storytelling and poetry. You will learn about the distinctiveness and purposes of children's literature, its prestigious and popular modes and its different representations of children's worlds.

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MA English part 2

This module enables you to complete your MA in English by producing a dissertation on a topic that you choose yourself, guided by your tutor and building on the study areas and approaches you explored in (A815). This provides a satisfying culmination to your studies enabling you to demonstrate your command of scholarly techniques and your skill in devising, planning and writing an extended research project in literature. Highly rewarding in its own right, the MA dissertation is also an ideal preparation for doctoral level research and for a wide range of careers.

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