Studying English at BGU provides an exciting and wide-ranging engagement with the power of human creativity and the rich heritage of literary expression. You will study great works of literature from Sophocles to Ali Smith, directing your own path of learning through module options such as children’s literature and trauma narrative, creative writing and crime fiction, restoration drama and contemporary literature. What will you choose?
Across your studies, you will experience first-hand why we have such a strong national reputation for teaching excellence and student satisfaction. Thanks to our smaller cohorts, innovative teaching styles, and close academic support, you will be provided with all the opportunities and guidance you need to fulfil your individual potential. Our assessments combine key critical and communication skills with up-to-date digital literacies and media platforms, ensuring that you develop expressive and creative skills for the 21st century.
English at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests. We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.
About English at BGU
At BGU you will study an exciting and innovative range of writers, texts and topics. You will be able to study works in their historical and genre contexts, explore literary concepts and themes (identity, memory, gender and adolescence), make intertextual and creative connections (myth, adaptation, film, creative writing) and develop your critical independence and career prospects with extended research and work-based projects (English@Work, dissertation). Throughout your studies you can follow your own interests through optional modules, and choose your own focal points and textual examples for assessment tasks.
At BGU you will receive personalised support and guidance based upon your specific needs as a learner. You will be able to contact module tutors for course advice, your personal tutor for pastoral and careers guidance, and the support team in our Centre for Enhancement in Learning and Teaching (CELT) for help with academic and communication skills.
There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU, we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional University teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity. You won’t be a passive learner at BGU: every student contributes to an active, reflective and collaborative learning environment.
As an English student at BGU, your engagement with literature won’t stop at the seminar door. The English team are all full-time research-active lecturers who are passionate about the study of literature and its positive impact upon the individual and wider society. We actively support a range of organised events and visits to enable a wider participation with literary culture, including visiting speakers, a research seminar series, subsidised film and theatre trips, workshops and celebrations, poetry readings and literary awards.
What You Will Study
In your first year, you will be given a firm grounding in the essential literary-critical skills required for undergraduate study through introductory modules on Literary Studies and poetry, alongside an exploration of the diversity of the Gothic genre and dedicated module on Shakespearean drama. Single honours students will also have the opportunity to expand their parameters of knowledge and application with modules on Modern American Literature, literature and film, the global diversity of literary expression and the adaptation and transformation of classical myth.
In year two, you will take two core modules to further your conceptual and historical understanding of literature. Literature & Identity will debate current theories and representations of the self while Victorians Unbound will explore crucial developments in literature during the 19th century. In addition, there are optional modules on genre literature, creative writing, children’s literature, modern drama, women & writing, as well as a special project-based module (English@Work) that gives you the chance to apply your literary-critical skills to a practical or work-based production task. If you are on a joint honours programme, your selection of some optional modules in year two will be affected by your choice of a second subject.
In your final year, the emphasis will be upon your independence. You will be able to select your own path through specialist modules on literature & adolescence and literature and memory, and period-based options covering 18th century literature & culture, Romanticism, Modernism and late 20th and early 21st century literature. You can also pursue your own literary interests with an independent research project on a subject entirely of your choosing. For single honours students, the completion of a research project will be mandatory. Joint honours students will have the option to undertake a research project or choose another content module.
Our assessments are designed to give you the oral, written and digital skills to be confident and successful in a 21st century world. Through a staged process of development, you will learn how to express yourself persuasively and reflectively across a range of media and platforms: you will write short essays and a long dissertation, deliver oral arguments and create multimodal presentations, build digital portfolios and produce academic posters, develop personal projects and navigate the spaces of hypertext. Instead of time spent in examination rooms, you will experience a diversity of assessment methods, and acquire a broad platform of transferrable skills that will prepare you for your future life.
What Our Students Say
“I’ve always had a passion for English Literature and wanted to pursue it further in hopes of becoming a teacher one day. I love the fact that the lecturers are always there to help you and the fact that they know your strengths and weaknesses so are always able to offer great advice.”
Beth, Third year English Literature student
“Being at BGU has opened my mind to new avenues of thinking, broadening my horizons to other people’s views.”
David, Education Studies and English graduate
Careers and Further Study
Studying English at BGU equips you to succeed in a diverse range of professions, including teaching, journalism, creative and professional writing, publishing, marketing, librarianship, public policy and a range of creative and media industries. The highly transferable skills embedded in the English course focus on the creative thinking, flexibility, communication skills and problem solving abilities that are consistently sought after by graduate employers.
English staff work closely with BG Futures, BGU’s Careers and Employability department, and a range of community partners, to find ways of engaging students in real-world projects, and putting those transferable skills to use in a way that builds your CV. As a small, supportive team we get to know our students well, so we can help you identify and develop your individual strengths, and build your confidence in areas where you want to improve.
Fees and Funding
A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sorting out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.
How To Apply
Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.
All students will study:
Introduction to Literary Studies
The Gothic: Transgressive to Shock
Poetic License: Lines & Lyrics
Single honours students will also study:
States of Dreaming: Modern American Literature
Myth, Adaptation & Transformation
Graphic Relations: Literature & Film
The Literary Globe
All student will study:
Literature & Identity: Self or Subject?
Single honours students will select four additional optional modules:
Joint hours students will select one additional optional module (the availability of some options will depend upon the subject combination):
Explorations in Literary Genre
Literature & Childhood: Grimm Neverlands
Modern Drama: The Inconstant Stage
Becomings: Women & Writing
Single honours students will undertake a 40 credit Dissertation or a 20 credit Research Project. They will then select four or five additional options depending on their choice of research module.
Joint honours students will select three optional modules:
Modernism: Make it New!
Pleasure & Profit: 18th Century Literature & Culture
The Future Unwritten: Late 20th & 21st Century Literature
Adolescence in Literature: Why Grow Up?
Writing Back: Literature & Memory
Dr Claudia Capancioni – Academic Coordinator for English and Senior Lecturer
Dr Claudia Capancioni teaches nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature in modules such as History of Fiction, Literature and Identity and Reading Myths, Telling Stories. She previously taught Victorian literature and Modernism at the University of Hull where she was awarded her Ph.D.
Dr Jon Begley – Senior Lecturer in English
Dr Jon Begley specialises in the undergraduate teaching of twentieth and twenty-first century British and American Literature. Jon’’s research is primarily in the field of the contemporary British novel whilst his teaching is founded upon a commitment to student interaction and the potential benefits of emerging technologies. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and prior to joining Bishop Grosseteste University in 2006, Jon lectured at the University of Leicester and University College Northampton.
Dr Cassie Ulph – Lecturer in English Literature
Dr Cassie Ulph specialises in the undergraduate teaching of literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her research focusses on the literature and culture of late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, and she has particular interests in the works (and networks) of Frances Burney and Hester Piozzi, in female literary professionalism, artistic and intellectual sociability, and literary biography. She has worked on RCUK-funded projects including the Creative Communities AHRC Network at the University of Leeds, and the Leverhulme-funded Networks of Improvement project at the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of York. Cassie has held visiting fellowships at the Burney Centre, McGill University (2016), and the Houghton Library, Harvard University (2016-17). Before joining BGU as a Lecturer in 2016, Cassie taught at the Universities of Leeds, York and Manchester.
Dr Sibylle Erle – Senior Lecturer in English
Dr Sibylle Erle is a Senior Lecturer in English who specialises in the undergraduate teaching of eighteenth and nineteenth literature. Her research is primarily in the field of Romanticism and visual culture. She has been teaching at Bishop Grosseteste University since 2006. She has been a Visiting Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations (Queen Mary, University of London) and over the last ten years, has taught for The Open University, Nottingham Trent, Birkbeck, Warwick and Moscow State University.
Dr Ian Mitchell
Dr Ian Mitchell specialises in the undergraduate teaching of the Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature module and his research is primarily in this period, particularly the plays of Middleton, Webster and Ford. His teaching is committed to fostering strong student engagement and discussion and to highlight plays as theatrical as well as literary texts. During his time at Grantham College he has taught English Literature, English Language, Theatre Studies and Media Studies, and has directed many drama productions including plays by Middleton, Wycherley and Lorca.
Head of School
Dr Andrew Jackson – Head of School of Humanities
Dr Andrew Jackson is the Head of the School of Humanities. Andrew is a historian with current research interests that include twentieth-century urban and rural change, and local and regional history. He also engages in consultancy and project work relating to community history and heritage, digitisation and e-learning. Andrew joined the staff of Bishop Grosseteste University in 2007, following ten years at the University of Exeter.
Andrew contributes to the teaching of the undergraduate subject of History, Masters programmes in Heritage Education and Community Archaeology, and the Doctoral programme in Education. Andrew’s teaching interests include: rural, urban and landscape history; local and regional history; historical and cultural geography; country houses and garden history; archives and history education; heritage and community identity; Lincolnshire’s history and heritage; and Devon history.
June 20th - Placing the Author:Literary Tourism in the 19th Century
The nineteenth century witnessed a surge of enthusiasm for visiting places associated with authors and their works, and a related interest in the preservation and consecration of authors’ houses. In 1847 one of the world’s most famous sites of literary tourism, the birthplace of William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon, was purchased and established by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, while the first blue plaque was introduced in 1867 to mark the birthplace of Lord Byron. What did visitors to literary graves, houses and landscapes seek to experience and how was this mediated by the spaces themselves? How do writers’ houses ‘place’ the author: canonically, within a particular space and time, and in the promotion of a carefully curated image of the author?
This conference addresses topics including:
- Constructions of space and myths of creation
- Preservation and/or transformation
- Visiting and visitors: expectations, experiences, and realities
- Interpretations and reinterpretations
- Relics, authenticity, souvenirs
- Dwelling and indwelling
The conference is open to postgraduates, ECRs and academics working in the fields of literature, history, history of art, human geography, cultural studies, and museum studies. Confirmed Keynote Speakers are: Professor Helen Rees Leahy, Director, Centre for Museology, University of Manchester, and Professor Nicola J. Watson, The Open University.
For more information, conference’s programme and blog, visit https://placingtheauthor.wordpress.com/
The organisers of this event are:
- Dr Amber Pouliot (Bishop Grosseteste University)
- Dr Claire Wood (University of York)
- Joanna Taylor (PhD candidate, University of Keele)
July 24th - George Meredith and his Circle
This two day event will welcome to Lincoln scholars from all over the world who have an interest in George Meredith.
Meredith was a writer of both the Victorian and Modern periods, who by the end of his life had been awarded the Order of Merit and followed Tennyson as President of the Society of Authors. His work remains consistently at the forefront of nineteenth century literary studies, with such works as the novels ‘The Ordeal of Richard Feverel’ (1859), ‘The Egoist’ (1879) and the long sonnet-sequence ‘Modern Love’, supposedly based on his painful abandonment by his first wife.
Our confirmed key-note speaker is Professor Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford), who is one of the foremost scholars in reaffirming Meredith’s position in Victorian Studies. Her most recent publication on Meredith was part of ‘The Mind of the Child’ (2010) and her current project, ‘The Diseases of Modern Life’, supported by the European Commission, continues to enhance our understanding of Meredith’s role in the Victorian age.
This conference has been organised by Drs Claudia Capancioni and Alice Crossley, Senior Lecturers in the English department. If you would like more information or attend this conference, please contact Dr Claudia Capancioni and Dr Alice Crossley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
English Research Seminars
The English Research Seminars started in the autumn of 2006 and have been a strong feature of the English Programme at BG ever since. We invite specialist speakers from other universities to talk to us about their research and we also present on our own work to colleagues and students. The English Research Seminars have always been interdisciplinary and aspiring to generating a lot of debate and discussion about topics we feel passionate about.
If you have any questions – or suggestions, please email email@example.com.