Firstly apologies for the very belated post! I finished my exams last Wednesday and that means I have finished my second year of University. Time has absolutely whizzed by! So now the very daunting third-year looms ominously.
Today I found out which Special Subjects I have got for next year which is definitely making it seem near, and, actually, quite exciting! In your first and second years, all your modules will be core, compulsory ones which cover the development of English language and literature all the way from Old English to Post-modern. However, once you reach third year a huge range of options is opened up to you. You get to choose literally whatever you want for your dissertation and then you have two optional special subjects to pick from an extensive list!
There are over 20 Special Subject options for both semesters. A sample of the weird and wonderful topics you could study includes:
- Detective Fiction from Sherlock Holmes to the Second World War
- The Myth of Mars and Venus revisited: Language and Gender
- Kingdoms of Ice and Snow: Exploration in Writing and Film
- Sex and Sexuality in Old English Literature
- The Thatcher Factor: the 1980s in Literature
- Slang and the www
- Translating the Middle Ages into Film
I am going to be doing Contemporary Women’s Writing: 1960-Present Day in the first semester and Tragedy in the second. This should hopefully be an interesting mixture of genres and time periods so I am looking forward to it!
Contemporary Women’s Writing is obviously modern, including authors such as Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Pat Barker, Jeanette Winterson, and Helen Fielding. The module looks at the themes of identity and selfhood, sisterhood, sexuality, the body, marriage, motherhood and mother-daughter relationships, madness, and masculinity. It also builds on this year’s Critical Theory module by further exploring issues of feminism.
Tragedy looks at the origin of tragedy in Ancient Greece and follows its development through Ancient Rome and into the Elizabethan era. It focuses on the theme of family and human relationships. For the module I will have to read Ancient Greek Sophocles, Ancient Roman Seneca and Shakespeare.
Roll on next year; it should be exciting and very interesting!