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English and Classical Studies

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This course offers the opportunity to combine English with the complementary study of all aspects of the Ancient world. Working within one of the country’s most dynamic English departments, you will be able to explore poetry, prose and drama from around the world. You’ll examine in detail the earliest writings in English, discuss the canonical texts, debate the merits of individual authors and refine your critical thinking. As you progress, your developing knowledge of English literature will be matched by your critical awareness of the most recent developments in the discipline. At the same time, your immersion in the Ancient world will be guided by the outstanding scholars of one of the country’s leading Classics departments. Here, the literature, history, philosophy and archaeology of the ancient world will be your focus and you’ll have the opportunity—should you wish—to extend this through the study of the Latin and Greek languages. As you will discover, the two elements of your degree will continuously reinforce one another, enabling you to see the connections between the ancient world and those who came after. From Homer to Joyce and Sophocles to Freud, Shakespeare’s reworking of the tragic form and the modern myth-making of T.S. Eliot and Angela Carter, these multiple connections will surprise and compel in equal measure.

Year 1

In the first year of your degree, in the Department of English, you will study the full unit (both terms), EN1107 Re-Orienting the Novel, and the half units EN1011 Thinking as a Critic (Term 1) and EN1112 Introducing English Poetry (Term 2). Please note that in the second year of your joint honours degree you will choose between studying EN1106 Shakespeare or EN1001 Medieval Literature in the English department. Students must also take the equivalent of two units in Classics, as specified by the Department of Classics

Year 2

In their second year, students must complete either EN1106: Shakespeare or EN1101: Medieval Literature (descriptions of these courses can be found on the Single Honours English page). Students must also take the equivalent of one second-year full unit in English as well as the equivalent of two full units in Classics, as specified by the Department of Classics.  

For a full range of course options in the English Department, please see Current Course Options.

N.B.  In either their second or third year, students must take one half unit focusing on literature from before 1780 (i.e. Medieval or Renaissance, but excluding Shakespeare).

Year 3

In their third year, students must take one unit from the following:  Special Author Project; Special Topic; Dissertation.  (To be entered for the dissertation, students must achieve an average of 63% or higher in their second year.)  In their third year, students must also take the equivalent of one third-year unit in English and the equivalent of two third-year units of Classics, as specified by the Department of Classics.

For a full range of Special Author Projects and Special Topics in the English Department, as well as a list of full- and half-unit third year options, please see Current Course Options.

N.B.  In either their second or third year, students must take one half unit focusing on literature from before 1780 (i.e. Medieval or Renaissance, but excluding Shakespeare).

  
 
 
 

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